Thursday, 26 June 2008

screen it returns for 2008

Screen It is Australia's national film making competition for school-aged students.

Designed to encourage imagination and inventiveness in Australia's primary and secondary school-aged students, Screen It fosters a new generation of young film makers.

This year entrants will be asked to create works responding to the theme of 'Australian Identity'. What does it mean to be Australian today? How may this change in the future? What has it meant in the past?

Open to all school-aged students nation-wide, entrants are invited to enter a work into one of three categories - live action film, computer game or animation, in either the primary or secondary school sections of the competition.

The benefits of being involved are endless, according to ACMI's Screen Education Manager, Brett McLennan. "Not only do entrants develop key screen literacy skills - essential for today's technology savvy society - they learn productions techniques, demonstrate incredible creativity and resourcefulness, foster teamwork and most importantly have a lot of fun throughout the process and walk away with work they can really be very proud of".

Judged by a panel of industry experts according to criteria such as creative merit, technical difficulty, stylistic elements and use of the annual theme, entrants go into the running to win some great prizes. Category winners each receive a trophy and a prize pack worth over $500 courtesy of Madman, Planet Mad and Cartoon Network. The primary and secondary school with the most finalist entries each win a digital video camcorder and a perpetual trophy will be awarded to the school with the most number of finalist entries overall.

Furthermore, finalists are granted a unique opportunity to be exhibited at ACMI, putting them alongside some of the greatest film makers of all time. Finalists' work will become part of the permanent ACMI collection, accessible in video on-demand outlets at the centre, and online where the public can view their work via the ACMI website.

Winners will be announced in an awards ceremony in November 2008.

Screen It was introduced by ACMI in 2004 as an Australian first competition designed to engage young people in the art and practice of creating moving image content in diverse forms. Two years later the competition became national, drawing entries from hundreds of metropolitan and regional young people, representing every state and territory, including from Glenunga to Murrumburrah, Yackandandah to Christmas Island - and beyond! 

"ACMI's Education unit has long been recognised for excellence in the delivery of screen literacy programs. Our production facilities enable the merging of traditional theory-based learning with powerful and evocative hands-on production programs," says Brett. "ACMI's capacity to provide a full educational arc, from theory to production, to exhibition and back to theory, provides a meaningful and robust educational engagement for students and their teachers in a creative context."

ACMI is a unique institution set in an iconic public space, Melbourne's Federation Square. ACMI explores and promotes the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms - film, television, games, new media and art.

Registrations for Screen It in 2008 are now open. Register online at

All registrations will receive a comprehensive Screen It Education Kit and a Screen It poster for the classroom

Screen It 2008 dates:
Friday 26 September - Registrations close
Friday 17 October - Entries close
Tuesday 11 November - Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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