Red Dog was named best film at the annual Australian film and television industry awards in Sydney on Monday.
The film, based on the legend of a restless kelpie dog that united a town in the Top End of Western Australia, has taken more than $A20 million at the domestic box office.
Producer Nelson Woss said he had brought the collar belonging to the film's canine star, 'Koko', to the ceremony for good luck.
The ABC reports Snowtown was the other major winner.
The South Australia 'bodies in barrels' 1992 - 1999 murder drama received awards for best director, best actor, best supporting actress and best adapted screenplay.
Judy Davis won best actress for The Eye Of The Storm and Hugo Weaving was named best supporting actor for Oranges And Sunshine.
Packed To The Rafters won the audience choice award for best TV programme.
The series is one of the most-watched programmes on Australian television.
The AACTA Awards were formerly known as the AFIs.