Tuesday, 11 November 2008

winners announced in national screen it competition

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) today announced the winners of the 2008 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; live action film, computer game and animation, responding to the 2008 theme, 'Australian Identity.'

This year, the most popular category was animation and it was the primary school students leading the way with the most entries, demonstrating their ability to harness the latest technology to create films. Best Primary Animation was won by independent entry Grade 5 student Rory Young (Williamstown, VIC) whose animation simply titled Australian Identity topped the most competitive category. Best Secondary Animation was won by Year 8 student, Sebastian Young (Golden Square, VIC) for The Voices of Australia- Australian Identity.

Across the competition, young Aussies showed the ability to explore complex and thought-provoking issues with visual storytelling. The winners of Best Primary Live Action Film are Grade 3-4 students of Penshurst West Public School (Mortdale, NSW) who won for their film The Great Outback, and Best Secondary Live Action Film went to Year 12 student Louis Mitchell (Leongatha, VIC), who independently entered his short film titled, Road Trip.

Best Primary Game was won by Grade 5 entrant Dominic Palanca (Hurlstone Park, NSW) for his computer game, Penguin Venture, and Year 8 student Cameron Pazenbock (Ingham, QLD) impressed the judges enough with his entry Down Under Dodge that he takes out the prize for Best Secondary Game.

This years Perpetual Trophy for the school with the greatest number of finalist entries goes to Scotch College (Hawthorn, VIC), who also take out the Award for Secondary School Most Finalist Entries. The Award for the Primary School Most Finalist Entries goes to Victoria Plantation State School (Ingham, QLD).

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 winners 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 are awarded 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 the school with the most number of finalist entries overall take out the perpetual trophy.

Furthermore, all winners and shortlisted runners up are granted a unique opportunity to be exhibited at ACMI, putting them alongside some of the greatest film makers of all time. Their 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 2008 Screen It awards will be officially presented at a screening at ACMI on Thursday 27 November 2008.

For the full list of winners and to preview their work click here

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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