They used to be called the Qantas Film and Television Awards, but after Qantas grounded all its flights (metaphorically speaking) last year for this and the Media Awards, the name of the screen industry’s night of nights has now been changed to the Aotearoa Film & Television Awards (AFTAs) and Aviso Design has created a new logo that ThinkTV chief executive Rick Friesen says better reflects the nature of the awards.
The AFTA Film and Television Awards stopped in 2003, before being reinstated in 2005. Canon took over sponsorship of the Awards in 2006, but Friesen says there is no naming rights sponsor for the AFTAs this year, just a “family of sponsors”.
“Qantas has decided to not be the naming sponsor this year. Although we had a great relationship with them, we understand their decision to pull back from the sponsorship,” he says. “… You can see all the confirmed sponsors on the website and there are several more that we are working with and hope to announce soon.”
Entries for the awards, which are administered jointly by The Screen Directors’ Guild of New Zealand and (ThinkTV, formerly the New Zealand Television Broadcasters’ Council), are now open now and approximately sixty AFTAs will be awarded between the two separate awards ceremonies for film and TV, including the always hotly contested news and current affairs categories. A complete list of award categories and criteria are available on the AFTA website.
The awards have been moved back by about eight weeks from their normal timing in early September, a one-off change to fit into the Rugby World Cup activities.