Thursday, 6 November 2008

finalists announced in national screen it competition for 2008

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) today announced the 2008 finalists in the national Screen It film making competition for school-aged students.

The 2008 competition attracted 145 registrations from every state and territory with a total of 240 entries from primary and secondary school students across three categories.

Open to all school-aged students nation-wide, entrants were 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. This year entrants were asked to create works responding to the theme of 'Australian Identity'.

This year, the most popular category was Animation and it was the primary school students leading the way, demonstrating their ability to harness the latest technology to create films. Across the competition, young Aussies showed the ability to explore complex and through provoking issues with visual storytelling.

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.

According to ACMI Screen Education Manager, Brett McLennan, the standard of entries has exceeded the previous year. "It just goes to show the skill level from primary school through secondary is increasing dramatically and with each successive year students force us to redefine our expectations".

"The visual complexity and control of screen language is becoming second nature to today's students. Their ability to translate, synthesize and produce screen content truly demonstrates that core literacy today is more than just traditional reading and writing - it is a truly transitional, with the screen providing the ideal vehicle for Australia's creative students"

The finalists were chosen by a panel of industry experts according to criteria such as creative merit, technical difficulty, stylistic elements and use of the annual theme, and 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 new resource centre opening in mid-2009 and online where the public can view Screen It finalists via the ACMI website.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 11 November on the ACMI website and awards officially presented at a screening at ACMI on Monday 27 November 2008.

For the complete list of finalists, click here.

Screen It 2009 dates:
Monday 2 February - Registrations and entries open
Friday 9 September- Receipt of entries closes
Friday 4 December - Screen It 2009 Awards announced, theme revealed for 2010
2009 theme to be announced shortly

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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