Monday, 19 November 2012

Screen It 2012 Winners Announced

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Sunday's Dog by Yarraville West Primary School

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image today announced the winners of the national Screen It competition for 2012, which saw 1281 students nationwide demonstrate their creativity to investigate what it means to belong.

The 2012 competition received 398 entries spanning live-action films, computer games and animations. Entries represented diverse parts of Australia - from Belair in South Australia to Hamilton in Queensland; Wynyard in Tasmania to Sanctuary Point in New South Wales; Perth in Western Australia to Torquay in Victoria; and the nation's capital, Canberra.

In 2012, the competition's theme was 'Belonging', intended as a trigger for students and teachers to investigate topical issues while learning game and filmmaking techniques along the way. ACMI received entries investigating belonging as it relates to family, cultural groups, communities (including at school, in sporting teams and online), country and even personal identity. A number of entries looked at the issue of bullying and its effects on belonging and the wellbeing of individuals and society.

For the first time, Primary Live Action was the most popular category to enter and therefore the most competitive. Congratulations go to a group of students from Doreen Primary School in Victoria for their entry, Cubbies. The Primary Animation category was, for the second year in a row, taken out by a group of students from Yarraville West Primary School in Victoria for their entry, Sunday's Dog. An increasingly popular medium for young creative's, the Primary Games category produced the impressive winning videogame, You don't belong here, by independent entrant, Liam Blake.

For older students, the most competitive category remained Secondary Live Action which was won by Canberra student Blake Whelan for his entry Omni. Secondary Animation was taken out by Hayley Warnock from Benalla in Victoria for her unique claymation, Unshaded. The winning entry for the Secondary Game category, All4One, was created by Melbourne siblings Brodie, Kaiden and Damien Hamilton.

The primary and secondary school with the Best Overall Entry this year are Doreen Primary School in Victoria and Presbyterian Ladies College in Western Australia, respectively. Each school is awarded a state-of-the-art Mitsubishi projector.

Winners will receive a certificate, a trophy and a DVD prize pack courtesy of Madman Entertainment, as well as a range of unique screening and exhibition opportunities including; screening in the Kids' Space in ACMI's permanent exhibition, Screen Worlds, being featured in the view-on-demand library of the Australian Mediatheque, as well as being displayed on the ACMI website and ACMI's online education portal, Generator. For the first time, winning entries are eligible for prestigious screening opportunities at two of Australia's best film festivals, Little Big Shots and the Melbourne International Animation Festival, subject to selection by the festival programming team.

The Screen It Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts including Tropfest finalist writer-director Nicholas Verso, artist Ghostpatrol, film Festival directors Ben Laden (Little Big Shots) and Malcolm Turner (Melbourne International Animation Festival), as well as Phil Larsen of Halfbrick, the Queensland-based team behind the worldwide video game phenomenon Fruit Ninja. Industry representatives from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Australian Children's Television Foundation, and the Victorian College of the Arts, also weighed in.

Since 2011, ACMI has partnered with Bullying. No Way!, an initiative of all Australian education authorities, to present special Screen It awards. This year, Bullying. No Way! will present awards for the best primary and best secondary entries that address the issue of bullying and what it means to belong. The Bullying. No Way! primary award goes to St Luke's Primary School in Melbourne for their entry Proud 2 Be Me and the secondary award to St John's Grammar School in South Australia for The Game. Both winning entries are animations. Winners of these categories will receive a $1000 bursary for their school.

The winners announced today will be presented at the 2012 Screen It Awards Ceremony to take place at ACMI on Friday 7 December 2012. The 2012 Screen It Awards Ceremony will be available for the first time to participating schools via video conference. Interested finalists can contact for more information.

The full list of winners, special mentions and finalists can be found on the Screen It page of the ACMI website.



Further information

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

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