Tanna, the true story of two lovers from warring tribes on the remote South Pacific island of Tanna, is the first feature film from producer team Bentley Dean, Martin Butler and Carolyn Johnson. The film is among the contenders for the best foreign language film award, marking the first time an Australian film has ever received a nomination in this category. The film received Screen Australia funding and was shot in Vanuatu, with none of the cast having had previous acting experience.

US-Hong Kong film Deepwater Horizon has been nominated for best visual effects, with Australian visual effects supervisor Jason Billington part of that team. Jason is best known for his work with Australian post, digital and visual effects (PDV) company Iloura.

Hacksaw Ridge, Lion and Tanna demonstrate the global nature of the Australian screen industry and the diversity of stories we now tell. Our industry is now worth $3 billion a year, employs over 25,000 people and delivers $725 million from tourism. This is something every Australian can be proud of.”