As voted by you! 

The AFF Audience Awards are voted by the audience following each screening, giving everyone who comes to the Festival a chance to champion their favourite films 

We hope you have strong opinions on what you see at AFF, and we want to hear them. Filmmakers want to hear them too, so they can have boasting rights.

In 2020 AFF is introducing the Change Award.

The biggest question of our time is how to change? Awarded by YOU, the audience.

The inaugural AFF Change Award for positive social or environmental impact celebrates cinema that expresses a desire to live in new ways.

How do we do better, be better, ensuring a sustainable future for all of humanity and other species while nurturing the best of human values and visions?

The Change Award provides $5,000 for the feature that best celebrates these values – as voted by the AFF Audience.

2018 Audience Award winners:

  • Best Feature FilmHotel MumbaidirAnthony Maras (Australia, 2018)  
  • Best DocumentaryShe Who Must Be LoveddirErica Glynn (Australia, 2018) 
  • Best Short FilmThe Art of the Gamedir: Matthew Bate in collaboration with Trent Parke & Narelle Autio (Australia, 2018) 

2017 Audience Award winners:

  • Best Feature FilmSweet Country, dirWarwick Thornton (Australia, 2017) 
  • Best DocumentaryJill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible, dirAxel Grigor’s (Australia, 2017) 
  • Best Short Film: Oddlandsdir: Bruce Gladwin (Australia, 2017). This film was produced by Back to Back Theatre through the HIVE program 

Image: L-R Hotel Mumbai, Show Who Must Be Loved, The Art of the Game