Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Screen It 2011 finalists announced

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The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) today announced the finalists of the 2011 national Screen It competition - the most competitive year in the competition's history.

School-aged film makers from around the country have exercised their creativity to create films around this year's theme, Respect, intended as a trigger for students and teachers to investigate topical issues while learning filmmaking techniques along the way.

The 2011 competition set a new record for the number of entries, doubling from the previous year with 499 submissions nationwide across the categories live-action films, computer games and animations.

Entries represented diverse parts of Australia - from Glencoe in South Australia to Indooroopilly in Queensland; Wynyard in Tasmania to Cabramatta in New South Wales; Peppermint Grove in Western Australia to Sunbury in Victoria. Consistent with previous years, Primary Animation was the most popular category demonstrating a great ability among Australian primary students to harness technology. For older students, the most entered category remains Secondary Live Action. Several schools which made the finalist stage in previous years have also made finalist status in the 2011 competition.

Entries investigated what it means to respect ourselves, our friends, family and community, and consider respect in different environments such as the playground and online.

ACMI Screen Education Manager Christine Evely said the response this year has been impressive.

"It is exciting not only to see the number of entries double but also to witness the innovative and diverse ways in which the theme has been explored. Each year Screen It uncovers some extraordinary thinking and creativity from young people and reinforces the increasing importance of moving image as a key means of expression and communication," said Christine.

"By encouraging students to understand and practise respect, we are equipping a generation of young Australians for bright futures," she said.

Judged by a panel of industry experts, winners will be presented at an awards ceremony on Friday 2 December, each receiving a certificate, a trophy and a DVD prize pack courtesy of Madman Entertainment. In addition, the winning entries will be added to the Australian Mediatheque collection where visitors to ACMI can view moving image works on demand. The primary and secondary school with the Best Overall Entries will each be awarded a special prize for the school.

For the first time, ACMI has partnered with Bullying. No way!, an initiative of all Australian education authorities. At this year's awards ceremony Bullying. No way! will present a special award to the entry that best tackles the issue of bullying as a matter of respect.

Unlike many other student film competitions, Screen It is designed to provide rich education outcomes for participants. Teachers are encouraged to download the Education Resource written by ACMI's team of experienced educators to assist with developing the theme. ACMI's online education tool, Generator (generator.acmi.net.au), can guide teachers through the production process.

The 2011 national Screen It awards will be held on Friday 2 December at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. For more information on Screen It and the full list of finalists: www.acmi.net.au/screenit

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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