This year’s nominees for best feature length documentary include Orner’s Chasing Asylum, on the treatment of asylum-seekers in Australia and the offshore detention centers they’re kept in; Gittoes’ Snow Monkey, which documents the lives of street children in war-torn Jalalabad, Afghanistan; Dan Jackson’s filmmaking debut In the Shadow of the Hill, which tells the story of a man killed by local police in Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum; and Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe’s Remembering the Man, capturing the enduring love story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo.
Each film was selected by a jury of industry professionals from across the Australian media landscape, representing a diverse selection of Australian screen crafts.
All nominated films will screen during AACTA’s official screenings program, which screens films throughout the months of August and September at event cinemas Bondi Junction in Sydney and Cinema Nova in Melbourne, in addition to digitally via AACTA TV.
Elsewhere, nominees for the feature films in competition category will be announced in mid-August, while nominations will be announced later this year for film and television titles, with winners across all categories to be announced at two major awards events in Sydney this December.
For a complete list of AACTA Awards nominees, click here.