Friday, 19 January 2007

just add water

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image's Screen It! 2006 competition made a splash among young filmmakers and game developers attracting entries from all over Australia and now ACMI is ready to congratulate this year's winners. 

Screen It! involves asking students to create a short film, animation, flash animation, mobile phone film or computer game based on the theme of water.

In only its third year, and continuing to grow in popularity, the competition was expanded in 2006 to include Australian secondary school students and for the first time, a mobile phone category .

With drought being a topical issue across the country and water restrictions affecting a number of communities and changing the way we use and value the precious resource, entrants created a number of imaginative entries covering a wide range of topics from water conservation to battles with pirates and underwater adventures.

Gael McIndoe, Head of Public Programs, ACMI said,  "The popularity of Screen It! continues to grow and each year the standard gets better and better making our judges job of picking just one winner extremely difficult."

"Screen It! has proved to be a very popular way with both students and teachers to educate and engage kids by exploring the technical side of their favourite mediums. The competition is just one of the many education programs ACMI runs, all of which aim to inform, engage and entertain."

Some of the finalists include: And Then It Was Gone, a mobile phone film from Cobram in rural Victoria, Nibby the Water Galda, a computer game from the Koonibba Aboriginal School in South Australia, a flash animation called Trevor and Mini Mountain from Shalom College in Bundaberg in Queensland and a live action film called Antarctic Dreams from Kempsey Primary School in New South Wales.

Students could enter as part of a group, or individually, such as Francis Tait, a grade four student, who entered the short animation film Percy independently from his school.

A panel of industry experts judged each work according to criteria such as creative merit, technical difficulty, ability to address the theme and stylistic elements.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at ACMI on 9 March with winners in each category receiving a cash prize and award. Each finalist entry to Screen It! 2006 will be exhibited in the Memory Grid at ACMI, our unique exhibition space dedicated to student and community works from 9 March. The games produced by the finalists can be found in the Games Lab at ACMI on Monday March 5 through to Sunday May 6 2007.

Screen It!
Monday 5 March - Sunday 6 May 2007
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Flinders Street, Federation Square
FREE

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
[email] claire.butler@acmi.net.au  
 
 
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