Org overhauls Oz kudocast

Event renamed Australian Film and Television Awards

SYDNEY — Australia’s top film awards ceremony is undergoing a makeover including a name change in anticipation of its debut on commercial web Network Seven in November.

Event, rechristened the Australian Film and Television Awards, was previously known as the AFI Awards and screened on ABC or SBS, both pubcasters.

Network Seven programming and production topper Chris O’Mara confirmed the changes and praised the Australian Film Institute for its rigorous re-invention, made necessary after the org’s funding was cut by 50% a year ago.

Last year the awards were expanded to recognize achievements in TV. And this year, all eligible pics must have been released commercially, where they previously only had to be completed.

Event will be broadcast from Melbourne’s restored, turn-of-the-20th-century Exhibition Buildings.

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