Australian Film Critics Association

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The Australian Film Critics Association or AFCA is an Australian film critic organisation.


Formed in 1996, AFCA began as the Melbourne Film Critics’ Forum, expanding to a national organisation in 2004. In the same year, AFCA became an Australian representative of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), which comprises the national organisations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world. FIPRESCI has members in more than 50 countries worldwide. AFCA helped to establish the first FIPRESCI jury at the Adelaide Film Festival.

AFCA’s members, several of whom contribute to internationally recognised media outlets, are professional film critics, film reviewers and film journalists, from all media forums, who provide informed discussion, analysis and comment on Australian and world cinema. The body supports both mainstream and independent cinema and highlights significant or challenging films.[1]

Film Awards[edit]

On 22 January 2008, AFCA announced the results of its inaugural Film Awards for 2007.[2] The awards span four categories comprising Best Australian Film, Best Overseas Film, Best Documentary and Best Unreleased Film (in Australia at the time of the awards). The winning and commended films granted AFCA film awards are:

Year Best Australian Best Overseas Best Doco Best Unreleased
2007 Winner: Noise No Country for Old Men (USA) Forbidden Lie$ (Australia) The Band's Visit (Israel)
Commended: The Home Song Stories The Lives of Others (Germany) Deep Water (UK) -
Commended: Romulus, My Father 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Romania) Sicko (USA) -
2008 Winner: The Black Balloon There Will Be Blood (USA) Man On Wire (UK) En La Ciudad De Sylvia (Spain)
Commended: The Square The Dark Knight (USA) Not Quite Hollywood (Australia) Les Amours d’Astrée et de Céladon (France/Italy/Spain)
2009 Winner: Balibo Låt den rätte komma in (Let The Right One In) (Sweden) Of Time and the City (UK) Un Lac (A Lake) (France)
Commended: Mary & Max, Samson & Delilah Moon (UK), Wrestler (USA), Up (USA) Encounters at the End of the World (Germany), Capitalism: A Love Story (USA) Ai no mukidashi (Love Exposure)) (Japan)

Writing Awards[edit]

In conjunction with its 2009 film awards, AFCA announced the results of its inaugural writing awards. The categories and winners are:

Year Ivan Hutchinson Award for Writing on Australian Film Award for Writing on Non-Australian Film Award for a Review of an individual Australian Film Award for a Review of an individual Non-Australian Film
2009 Winner: Loving Samson & Delilah, Therese Davis Fake Politics For the Real America, Martyn Pedler Disgrace, Alice Tynan 2012, Stephen Rowley


  1. ^ "Who are we?". Australian Film Critics Association. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Noise named best Australian film of 2007". 22 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 

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