The clock is ticking to enter Australia’s premier student moving image competition

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World leader in moving image education ACMI presents Screen It, Australia’s premiere moving image competition for students which is now taking registrations for 2017. Open to school-aged students around Australia Screen It fosters the next generation of screen creators across film, animation and video games.

The largest competition of its kind, Screen It entries are guided by an annual theme which is in 2017: Time. Students are encouraged to expand the limits of their imaginations and showcase their new technical skills through their entry which goes in the running for exhibition at ACMI and some great prizes.

To get ideas flowing, camera lights glowing and fingertips coding, ACMI’s team of expert Educators provide support to students and teachers via online resources and interactive video link-ups throughout the year.

ACMI’s Education Manager, Christine Evely, encourages students and teachers to get involved in 2017.

“We are looking forward to viewing and playing what creative and hard-working young people from around Australia come up with for this year’s theme, Time,” said Christine.

“Time can stop, go, pause, and be everlasting. It can be once upon a time, long long ago, one day in the future, or parallel. There are just so many angles and possibilities. We wish everyone who enters the best of luck and know they will gain so much from the process – from initial concept to final completion.  We have also created stacks of resources to make the whole process a lot more achievable and satisfying – we are here to help!”

Judged by industry professionals including film and game makers, academics and industry representatives, there are prizes for each category.

At the end of the competition, students, teachers, families and friends are treated to an awards gala at ACMI in Melbourne to celebrate their achievements.

Entry is free and entries are due by Monday 25 September 2017. For more information and to register, visit

About Screen It

Now in its thirteenth year, Screen It is Australia’s biggest annual student film competition. Run by the expert Education Team at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Screen It is designed to promote rich learning outcomes for screen 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 videogame. 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, at the Australian Mediatheque and on ACMI’s website.

Unique among student film 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 2016, Screen It received an unprecedented 587 entries created by 2,521 students representing every Australian state.

Claire Butler Media and communications manager