ACMI announces the winners of Screen It 2017

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ACMI announces the winners of Screen It 2017, Australia’s largest moving image competition for school-aged filmmakers, animators and game makers.

Winning works were selected from a record-breaking 829 entries created by 3201 students from every Australian state, who responded to the theme “Time”. 2017 saw a 41 per cent increase on the number of entries received in 2016, making it the most competitive year to date. Winning entries came from schools and individual students in capital cities and regional communities from New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, and special mentions were awarded to students from Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

On Friday 17 November, students from around Australia will attend a glittering red carpet awards ceremony at ACMI, starring Steven “Bajo” O'Donnell and Angharad “Rad” Yeo, hosts of ABC2’s Good Game Spawn Point. The annual awards ceremony celebrates the efforts of all the students who took part in Screen It and enables competition winners to celebrate with peers, family and industry professionals. Prizes for this year’s winners include Crumpler bags, Microsoft Surface Pros, Madman DVDs and more.

World leaders in moving image education, ACMI’s team of expert educators provided support to students and teachers throughout the year via online resources and interactive video link-ups. ACMI educators have loved seeing students grow year to year, expanding the limits of their imaginations and showcasing their new technical skills.

ACMI Education Manager Christine Evely is thrilled with the quality of entries in 2017: "The ACMI Education team has been blown away by the record number of entries in this year’s Screen It. With new entrants from across Australia, it’s exciting to see Screen It cement itself as the largest and most prestigious national competition of its kind. We congratulate all entrants on the exceptionally high quality of their work.”

“The core purpose of Screen It is to celebrate the creativity and imagination of young people while encouraging students to learn, practice and apply new moving image skills. A huge congratulation to the teachers and parents who mentor and guide students through their learning journey. We appreciate the immense amount of time, thinking and effort that goes into every Screen It entry."

Each year, Screen It is judged by a pool of esteemed industry professionals. In 2017, judges on the Live Action panel were: Screen It Ambassadors Harrison Feldman and Bethany Whitmore (Girl Asleep); VCA lecturer and filmmaker Adrian Holmes; ‎Multimedia Screen Program Producer at Federation Square Kelli Keating; Little Big Shots Film Festival Artistic Director Ben Laden; and ACMI Education Manager Christine Evely.

Judges on the 2017 Animation panel included the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Animation Festival Malcolm Turner; VCA Animation lecturer Paul Fletcher; animators Leo Baker and Annie Murray; and ACMI Education Manager Christine Evely.

The Video Game category was judged by stars of the gaming scene – hosts of ABC2’s Good Game Spawn Point – Bajo and Rad.

Bajo and Rad will host the awards ceremony at 10:30am on Friday 17 November, where winners are recognised and presented with a trophy, a Screen It 2017 certificate and the prize for their winning category.

For more information about Screen It and the upcoming awards ceremony, please visit

Screen It is proudly supported by 6A Foundation, ABC, Spawn Point, Crumpler, Microsoft, Madman and Zart Art.

About Screen It

Now in its fourteenth year, Screen It is Australia’s biggest annual student film competition. Run by the expert Education Team at ACMI, Screen It is designed to promote rich learning outcomes for digital and media literacy across Australian primary and secondary school students.

Designed first and foremost as a focused, curriculum-based learning program, students can enter through school or independently, as individuals or in teams, and entry is free.

Budding filmmakers, animators and game designers can enter a live action film, animation or video game. Entries are judged in three age groups: Foundation to Year 4, Years 5 to 8 and Years 9 to 12.

Screen It provides excellent opportunities for students to have their work recognised by a leading international museum, ACMI, and their school community, with the added bonus of prizes and an awards gala where participants come together to celebrate their achievements. Long after the ceremony is over, winning entries will be exhibited in ACMI’s free and permanent exhibition Screen Worlds and on ACMI’s website. Selected works will also screen as part of Little Big Shots and Melbourne International Animation Festival. A selection of Screen It winners and finalists has also featured in the Screen It television series, broadcast on ABC Me and iview.

Unique among student moving image competitions, Screen It has garnered praise from teachers for its classroom value and the programs’ support for educators through the suite of resources and channels made available by the ACMI Education Team.

In 2017, Screen It received an unprecedented 829 entries created by 3201 students representing every Australian state.

Imogen Craddock-Kandel Media and communications coordinator

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