SCOOP- AFI AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY LAUNCH – NAME REVEALED
With approx 84% professional AFI members agreeing to go ahead with the Australian Academy, 18/8/11 was the night of the launch for a new direction, a new era, and a new academy.
12% were neutral, 3% disagreed with the proposals.
As an AFI Professional Member, I filled out the survey and was part of the 84% that gave the AACTA full support to go ahead.
The AFI Australian Academy launch was held tonight in Sydney at the Rocks, 6.30pm for red carpet arrivals for 7pm at the Overseas Passenger Terminal – Customs Hall. We started a little bit late.
The full support of the AACTA was evident with the hall totally packed out.
The Inaugural President is Geoffrey Rush, with a new award and trophy to be held for the AACTA – Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts.
Photos by NORA PRESTON
The launch was opened by Chair of AFI Alan Finney and Sigrid Thornton.
Chair Alan Finney and Sigrid Thornton open the launch.
Geoffrey Rush speaks about AACTA.
Geoffrey Rush holds the new AACTA trophy.
AFI are looking for a new name for the new AACTA Trophy,
some suggestions were the Geoffrey Award, or the Rush Award.
From left to right, Geoffrey Rush holding AACTA Trophy, Sigrid Thornton, AFI CEO Damian Trewhella, and Alan Finney, charge their glasses to AACTA.
John Batchelor, actor in Sea Patrol, Underbelly is interviewed by Kerri Anne (in the background)
At the end of the speeches, a live band commenced and it was time to party, but not for me, I had to catch the last plane out of Sydney, and fly back to Canberra.
FILM NETWORKING INDUSTRY (AUSTRALIA)-4TH/5TH FNI(A) ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS WINNERS 2009-2010
VLADIMIR GOTTWALD won the People’s Choice Award for his Documentary ‘The Long Road’ and received his $500 cheque with his Trophy from FNI(A) Founding President NORA PRESTON, 13/8/11.
To see the full article/event, please click on this link https://fnia.wordpress.com/2011/08/13/4th5th-film-networking-industry-australia-fnia-achievement-awards-20092010-winners-announced-13811/?sn=l
FNI(A) WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2009/2010.
FNI(A)/Film Networking Industry (Australia) wishes you a Very safe, and Happy Year in 2011.
NORA PRESTON – Filmmaker since 2001
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18 August 2011
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