Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Screen It students care about The Environment
Registrations are now open for Screen It, the national competition for school-aged filmmakers run annually by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Screen It 2010
This year's theme, The Environment: Who Cares?, provides a valuable trigger for students and teachers to investigate environmental issues while learning filmmaking techniques along the way.
This year registration is completely free and is accessible online.
The competition is open to anyone enrolled in primary or secondary education and students can enter through their school or independently. Entries can be live-action films, computer games or animations, but must incorporate the theme.
ACMI's Screen Education Manager Brett McLennan says that ACMI is fostering a new generation of young film makers through Screen It.
"Screen It aims to support the next generation of creative, innovative students who are able to produce and manipulate digital media in powerful and evocative ways," he said. "Today the language of the screen is proving to be a persuasive device."
Screen It's 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.
Unlike other student film competitions, Screen It is designed to provide rich education outcomes for participants with comprehensive education packs provided to assist in the production process. Teachers registering their students are encouraged to download the Education Kit written by ACMI's team of experienced educators.
Judged by a panel of industry experts, winners are presented at an awards ceremony in December, each receiving a certificate and a prize pack. The primary and secondary school with the Best Overall Entries will each be awarded a state-of-the-art portable projector from Mitsubishi Electric. In addition, winners' work will be added to the collection of the Australian Mediatheque, where visitors to ACMI can view Screen It works on-demand.
Shellie Melrose, Media teacher (Years 9 to 12) at Sacred Heart Girls' College in Oakleigh, Victoria, says that Screen It is invaluable on many levels.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their skills and talents in a range of mediums," she said. "Last year, my Year 11 students got involved by working independently, in groups of two or three to produce 14 films. Their commitment to the project meant that they needed to develop proficient skills across all areas of production. They produced scripts, storyboards, organised filming sessions and worked laboriously to edit and complete the film successfully and on schedule."
In 2009, a pair of Ms Melrose's students took out the Secondary Live Action Film category for their film about cyber safety. Two other groups from her class were runners up in the same category.
"Screen It was an invaluable experience for my students to showcase their work outside the classroom and be judged by an external body of judges. The lasting effects of this recognition have given the students a confidence boost and provided an incentive for students in the younger year levels to take part in future years," said Ms Melrose.
The 2009 competition attracted 172 entries created by nearly 500 students, with entries from every state and territory nationwide.
Entries close on Friday 17 September, 2010.
Students and teachers from across Australia can register online now: www.acmi.net.au/screenit
A frequently asked questions page has been set up to assist students and teachers. Please visit: www.acmi.net.au/screen_it_faq.htm
Screen It 2010 key dates:
Friday 17 September - Registrations and receipt of entries close
Monday 8 November - Winners announced
Friday 3 December - Screen It 2010 Awards Ceremony
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