Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Screen It's top environmental film crusaders announced

Control Your Carbondioxides - Carey Baptist Grammar Junior School
Primary Animation finalist: 'Control Your Carbondioxides'
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) today announced the finalists of the 2010 national Screen It competition.

School-aged film makers from around the country have exercised their creativity to create films around this year's theme; The Environment: Who Cares?, intended as a trigger for students and teachers to investigate environmental issues while learning filmmaking techniques along the way.

The 2010 competition attracted 256 entries by over 939 students nationwide across the categories of live-action films, computer games and animations.

ACMI's Screen Education Manager Brett McLennan says that ACMI is fostering a new generation of young film makers through Screen It, and this year has uncovered talented film makers as well as some passionate environmental crusaders.

"Screen It's 2010 theme has been designed to resonate with Australian students, particularly with their concern about the state of the environment and global sustainability issues, and coincides with the International Year of Biodiversity, declared by the United Nations," he said.

"This year, we've not only found the next generation of creative, innovative students who are able to produce and manipulate digital media in powerful and evocative ways, but they've embraced the theme, investigating everything from litter and recycling to CFC's and forestry."

Judged by a panel of industry experts, winners are presented at an awards ceremony in December, each receiving a trophy, certificate and a DVD prize pack courtesy of Madman Entertainment. In addition, winners' work will be shown on the ACMI website and accessible via ACMI's new online resource, Generator.

Entries represented diverse parts of Australia - from Glencoe in South Australia to Toowoomba in Queensland; Wynyard in Tasmania to Cabramatta in New South Wales; Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Endeavour Hills in Victoria. For the third year in a row, the most popular categories were Primary Animation and Secondary Live Action, indicating a great ability among students to harness technology, particularly at a primary level. Several schools and individuals who made the finalist stage in previous years have also made finalist status in the 2010 competition.

The full list of Screen It 2010 finalist works is now available at:

Run annually by ACMI, Screen It is open to anyone enrolled in primary or secondary education and students can enter through their school or independently but all entries must incorporate the theme and fit into one of three genres. Unlike other student film competitions, Screen It is designed to provide rich education outcomes for participants with a comprehensive Education Kit provided to assist in the production process.

Winners are announced on Monday 8 November via the ACMI website and at the Awards Ceremony held at ACMI in Melbourne on Friday 3 December.

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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