Formerly known as the Qantas Film and Television Awards, the Awards are back in 2011 but with a fresh look and a new name that better reflects the nature of the Awards – the Aotearoa Film & Television Awards (AFTAs).
Approximately sixty AFTAs will be awarded between the two Awards ceremonies, and a complete list of award categories and criteria are available on the AFTA website www.afta.co.nz.
With the very strong slate of films and television programmes produced in New Zealand over the past year, organisers expect this year’s Awards to be the most hotly contested in years.
The key dates for the 2011 Awards are:
Entries open: Monday, 27 June
Entries close: Wednesday, 10 August
Finalists Announcement: Friday, 14 October
Craft Awards: Thursday, 10 November
Gala Awards: Saturday, 12 November
Regular followers of the Film and Television Awards will notice that the Awards have been moved back by about eight weeks from their normal timing in early September. This is a one-off change which recognises the Rugby World Cup activities in New Zealand across most of September and October.
The Awards continue to be administered jointly by The Screen Directors’ Guild of New Zealand and ThinkTV (formerly the New Zealand Television Broadcasters’ Council).