18 August 2011 AFI launch party for Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) red carpet VIP photos and story; MiSociety
Australian Film Industry Launches its very own ‘Ozcar’
AFI (Australian Film Institute) threw a huge shindig for 600 guests at Sydney’s OPT to announce the formation of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA).
The inaugural AACTA Awards will be held at the Sydney Opera House where Australian large and small screen stars, starlets, producers, directors and writers will have the opportunity to vie for ownership of an ‘Aussie Oscar’ in January 2012.
Geoffrey Rush, in top comedic form and brandishing aloft the gold plated statuette (crafted by sculptor Ron Gomboc) proclaimed to the crowd during a marathon speaking performance “I am honoured to represent our industry as the inaugural President of the newly-formed Australian Academy”. Geoffrey also spun out some clever naming suggestions for the new film trophy but has thrown out the gauntlet to the Australian public to come up with a ‘winning’ tag for what is expected to become Australia’s highest film industry prize.
Post the ‘formals’ the balcony at the OPT heaved under the pressure of guests heading for the steaming giant pans of Paella, more drinks and to exchange ‘industry’ chat and gossip.
The AACTA will incorporate some 15 Chapters headed up by some of Australia’a film industry heavyweights. Full Press Release on the formation of AACTA.
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