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:: Spotlight :: AACTA announce new partnership with G'Day USA

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

G'Day USA, the annual program that fosters deeper economic ties and promotes Australian capabilities in the US, announced its full 2014/2015 program. G'Day USA also announced a new partnership with the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). The AACTA International Awards will be presented as the centerpiece of G’Day USA’s LA Gala event on January 31 2015.

The G’Day USA Gala, featuring the AACTA International Awards, will be presented by Qantas and will take place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on January 31 2015. The Awards add a new dimension to the Gala, which has been completely re-imagined for 2015.

The AACTA International Awards honour the world’s leading screen performers and practitioners, in seven categories: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Nominees for the 4th AACTA International Awards will be announced early January 2015. Past recipients include Meryl Streep, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Fassbender, David O. Russell, Alfonso Cuarón, Cate Blanchett and Jacki Weaver.

The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Australian Ambassador to the United States said, “G’Day USA remains Australia’s foremost program of public diplomacy promoting Australian capabilities in the United States. We are thrilled this year to join forces with AACTA to celebrate innovation and the business of film in Los Angeles.”

Geoffrey Rush, AACTA President, said, “Our national AACTA Awards are heading into their 4th year next January with a tremendous momentum. They shall continue to reflect our homegrown creative output. The AACTA International Awards are Australia’s international stamp of screen success. They recognise our international screen peers, add an Australian voice to the International Awards season alongside the BAFTAs and the Oscars, and celebrate our fellow Australians working in screen. The new G’Day USA/AACTA partnership provides the perfect platform for celebrating the strength of and synergies between the Australian and global screen industries in the epicentre of film, Los Angeles. By partnering with G’Day USA, we will raise the profile of the Australian screen industry, which determines the AACTA International Awards, and will celebrate the role that Australian screen plays in relation to G’Day USA’s core promotional pillars, particularly Australian culture.”

Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush with chef Neil Perry