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The first awards ceremony of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was held in 1929, and the first Australian film to receive both a nomination and an award was Kokoda Front Line!, which took out Best Documentary Feature in 1943.

Over the past 70 years Australians and Australian films have continued to receive recognition from the Academy, with 2016 the nation’s most successful year to date. A record 14 individuals were nominated for awards, with Mad Max: Fury Road receiving nominations in 10 categories and winning six awards including Costume Design, Editing, Makeup and Hair Styling, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, to become Australia’s most successful film at the Oscars.

Browse through the pages below to find information on Academy Awards® and nominations won by Australians, or for work on Australian films from:

International Feature Film Award Selection Committee Guidelines

Screen Australia is charged with appointing a selection committee to review and select the Australian submission for the International Feature Category of the Academy Awards. 

The selection committee is made up of a majority of filmmakers, have a minimum of 5 people (including the Chairperson) and must all identify as Australian Citizens. Committee members cannot have a professional relationship with any film considered for official selection. In addition, any one member cannot serve consecutively for more than 6 years, after which they must take a 2-year break.

The rules and guidelines for the International Feature Film category can be found here on pages 20 to 23.

If you are the producer or distributor of an Australia feature film that satisfy the theatrical release and language requirements as stipulated in the rules for the International Feature Film category, or if you have an enquiry relating to the Australian Selection Committee please email Harry Avramidis.