A highlight of the ceremony was the awarding of the Aftrs. Honorary Degree (Doctor of Arts) to broadcaster, commentator and filmmaker Phillip Adams.
Adams played a key role in the revival of the Australian film industry in the 1970s. .
He was the author of a 1969 report that led to legislation by Prime Minister Gorton in 1970 for an Australian Film and Television Development Corporation (later the Australian Film Commission) and the Experimental Film Fund as well as the eventual creation of an Australian national film School (now Aftrs). Phillip was one of the original members of council for the interim School.
The Dressmaker producer Sue Maslin present the degree. .
Maslin is a graduate of the Aftrs Masters of Screen Arts & Business degree.
Graduates include Imogen Banks, one of the producers