Australian Film Institute

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The Australian Film Institute (AFI), founded in 1958 and based in Melbourne, aims to promote Australian film and television productions.


It was founded in 1958 as a non-profit organization to promote the development of an independent film industry in Australia. It has since co-produced and financed many Australian productions, including David Lynch's Eraserhead, and is funded by public funds, corporate sponsors and membership fees (approximately 10,000 members).

In August 2011, the AFI founded the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). It was modeled on the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts . The main task of the Academy, in which representatives from all relevant film and television professions are represented in 15 subgroups (chapters), is to award the AACTA Awards , which will replace the AFI Awards since 1958 . Actor Geoffrey Rush was named the first president of the Academy .

Best Film Award Winner (Selection)

AFI Awards

AACTA Awards

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Individual evidence

  1. AFI is recast with new academy taking a bow. In: The Sydney Morning Herald. August 19, 2011.