The world’s best actors will descend on the Gold Coast next February, as the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards and AACTA International Awards move to Queensland.
It will be the first time the two awards ceremonies are held as a combined event, previously held in Sydney and Los Angeles respectively. It will also be the first time the event is broadcast globally.
“I am delighted to announce our deal with the Australian Film Institute to bring the AACTAs to the Gold Coast for the next three years,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“It is home to the iconic Village Roadshow Studios and hosts flagship industry events such as SCREEN FOREVER, Australian International Movie Convention, which will return in 2023, and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
“There is also a constant flow of high-profile productions including Baz Lurhmann’s award-winning Elvis, Ron Howard’s acclaimed Thirteen Lives, the forthcoming Disney+ series Nautilus and feature film Land of Bad, starring AACTA president Russell Crowe.
“The Queensland Government is continuing to invest in Gold Coast facilities, including $5 million towards a new production hub.”
Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Screen Queensland and Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC) partnered to secure the AACTAs for the Gold Coast.
“We look forward to working with TEQ, MEGC and Screen Queensland to highlight Queensland’s screen culture and bring Australia’s biggest film and television event to the Gold Coast,” said AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella.
The Awards will be complemented by a suite of other events to be staged on the Gold Coast, including the ScreenFest Screen Culture Festival.