Tuesday, 13 June 2006

screen it! 2006 asks students to make a splash!

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is calling on all Australian school students to dive into Screen It! 2006, ACMI's national moving image competition, following the run-away success of Screen It! 2005, ACMI is opening up this years' Screen It! to all Australian secondary students for the first time.

The theme for Screen It! 2006 is water and ACMI is calling on students to ride the wave of creativity to create a short film, computer game, animation, flash animation or mobile phone film.

Brett McLennan, ACMI Screen Education Manager said, "Screen It! is on again and following the deluge of entries we received last year we are extending the 2006 competition to include all Australian secondary school students as well as continuing to have a category for primary students.

"Students are increasingly using technology in their education and the Screen It! competition is a fun way of engaging students with the moving image while teaching them the creative and technical processes that lie behind their favourite forms of entertainment such as cartoons, films and computer games.

"Entries can be individual, group, or whole class projects. In fact, the response we have received from teachers has been overwhelmingly positive with many saying their students have never been so eager to get into the classroom!"

Winners of Screen It! 2006 will receive cash prizes and have their works displayed in ACMI's Memory Grid, one of ACMI's most popular and visited attractions, which currently features early works from directors such as Jane Campion (The Piano), Gillian Armstrong (Little Women) and Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) animators such as Sejong Park (Birthday Boy) and Adam Elliot (Harvey Krumpet).

Each work will be judged according to criteria such as the work's creative merit, technical difficulty, ability to address the theme and stylistic elements by a panel of industry experts.

ACMI's education staff have developed guidelines for entrants which are available from ACMI's website http://www.acmi.net.au/screenit.htm. Teachers can also download a registration form to receive a Screen It! education kit, which details how to incorporate the theme, integrate into the curriculum, and technical information on how their students can produce winning works.

Entries close Friday, 1 December 2006.
All finalists will be announced in March 2007.

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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