The Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) is an association of cinema critics and reviewers. It includes journalists in "media, television, major national and state papers, radio, national and state, online and freelance writers, Australian representatives from international magazines..and local specialist film magazines", and is based in Sydney.
The FCCA Annual Awards for Australian Film, rewarding makers of feature films and documentaries is highly regarded.
The Sydney Film Critics' Circle became a national organisation as the Film Critics' Circle of Australia by October 1988.It joined International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), "which will allow its members to be considered for jury duty at international festivals, accreditation at festivals and markets."
The FCCA Awards have been presented each year since September 1988, with the inaugural winners including two awards each for The Year My Voice Broke : best director (John Duigan) and best male actor (Noah Taylor); and Shame : best screenplay (Beverly Blankenship and Michael Brindley) and best female actor (Deborra-Lee Furness).
In 2019, the categories were Best Film, Best Director/Universal Pictures Award; Best Actor / Toil Films Award; Best Actress; Best Cinematography; Best Original Score / AGSC Award; Best Screenplay (Original Or Adapted) / Bunya Productions Award; Best Editor; Best Actor Supporting Role; Best Actress Supporting Role / MB Films Award;Best Feature Documentary / Kudos Knowledge Award.
Presidents of the FCCA have included:
Tom White is a 2004 film directed by Alkinos Tsilimidos. The film was released in Australian cinemas on 19 August 2004 and played until 1 September 2004. The film premiered on 31 July 2004 at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It was also screened at the Cannes Film Market on 13 May 2004; the Pusan International Film Festival on 10 October 2004; Australian Film Festival (Singapore) on 11 March 2005; the Commonwealth Film Festival on 4 May 2005 and at the Saint-Tropez Festival of the Antipodes (France) on 20 October 2005. The film was scored by Paul Kelly and the Boon Companions: Dan Kelly, Dan Luscombe, Peter Luscombe and Bill MacDonald.
The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) is an international professional association of online film journalists, historians and scholars who publish their work on the World Wide Web. The organization was founded in January 1997 by Harvey S. Karten, an early online critic who discovered that membership in the New York Film Critics Circle was open only to journalists working for newspapers and magazines. Online critics have generally found it difficult to gain acceptance for their work, and one role of the OFCS is to provide professional recognition to the most productive and successful online critics.
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The 14th Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, given on 7 November 2004, in Sydney, which honoured the best in film for 2004.
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