Screen It 2016 Winners Announced

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Thursday 03 November 2016.

Today ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) announced the winners of the annual Screen It competition, Australia’s largest moving image competition for school-aged filmmakers, animators and game makers.

On Friday 18 November, students from around Australia will attend a dazzling red carpet awards ceremony at ACMI, starring Steven “Bajo” O’Donnell and Stephanie “Hex” Bendixsen, hosts of ABC2’s Good Game and Good Game Spawn Point. The exciting annual awards ceremony celebrates the efforts of all students and is a place where the competition winners can revel in their hard-earned glory in front of peers, family and industry professionals.

Winning entries were selected from an unprecedented 587 entries created by 2,521 students from every Australian state, who responded to the 2016 theme, Mystery. This is a 20 per cent jump on the record entries received in 2015, making it the most competitive year to date to win an award. Winning entries came from schools and independent students in capital cities and regional communities from New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, and encouragement awards were given to students from Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

For the first time this year, entries for the three categories Animation, Live Action and Videogame were judged in three separate age groups: Junior (Foundation to Year 4), Middle (Years 5 to 8), and Senior (Years 9 to 12). In addition, due to a high standard of entries, the judges identified several Special Mentions across select categories and, for the first time, four Encouragement Awards will recognise potential.

ACMI Education Manager Christine Evely is thrilled with the quality of entries in 2016: "Screen It welcomed many new entrants from around Australia this year, which is so exciting. We congratulate all entrants on the quality of their work. The judges enjoyed discovering the amazing talents of both primary and secondary age moving image creators.”

“The core purpose of Screen It is to celebrate the creativity and imagination of young people, and to help unleash this through a program that fosters students to develop new skills. Our judges and the Education team at ACMI thrive on seeing the inventive ways that ideas are conveyed to audiences, and the diligence shown by young creatives in learning, practising and applying these new 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 2016, judges on the Live Action panel were: Screen It Ambassadors Benjamin Law (The Family Law) and Bethany Whitmore (Girl Asleep); ACMI Director and CEO, Katrina Sedgwick; 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 2016 Animation panel included the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Animation Festival Malcolm Turner; artists Ghostpatrol, and animators Leo Baker and Susan Earl.

For the third year running, the Videogame category was judged by two gurus of the genre – hosts of ABC2’s Good Game – Bajo and Hex.

Bajo and Hex will host the awards ceremony at 10:30am on Friday 18 November, where winners are recognised and presented with a trophy, a Screen It 2016 certificate, and the prize for their winning category.

The 2016 prizes are a Canon Australia HD Camcorder for the Animation category winner; Microsoft products including an Xbox and a selection of games for the Videogame category winner; and a Canon HD Camera plus prize pack with items from Madman and Crumpler for the Live Action category winner. Additionally, finalists and special mentions awarded by the judging panel are recognised with a prize pack of DVDs from Madman Entertainment.

Long after the ceremony is over, winning entries will be exhibited in the recently revamped Kids’ Space within ACMI’s free and permanent exhibition Screen Worlds. Audiences can also view the 2016 finalists and winners on the ACMI website and in the Australian Mediatheque, a view-on-demand facility housed inside ACMI, which is run in conjunction with the National Film and Sound Archive.

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

Screen It 2016 is proudly supported by 6A Foundation, Crumpler, Canon Australia, Xbox, Madman Entertainment, ABC TV’s Good Game, Avant Card and Syn and ABC3.

The Screen It 2016 competition winners list:

JUNIOR (Foundation – Year 4) ANIMATION
Winner: My Brother’s Bedroom; Table Cape Primary School; Wynyard, TAS

JUNIOR (Foundation – Year 4) LIVE ACTION
Winner: Amazing Mums; St Anthony’s Primary School; Noble Park, VIC
Special Mention: The Genie; Cabramatta Public School, Cabramatta, NSW

JUNIOR (Foundation – Year 4) VIDEOGAME
Encouragement Awards:
The Mysterious Cannonball, Essex Heights Primary School, Mount Waverley, VIC
Basketball, Hallett Cove South Primary School, Hallett Cove, SA
The Mystery of Harold Holt, Mentone Grammar, Mentone, VIC

Winner: The Black Hood Strikes; The Essington School; Nightcliff, NT

Winner: A Wilted Flower; Blue Mountains Grammar School; Wentworth Falls, NSW
Special Mention: The Professor; Ryan & James T (Home School), Berry, NSW

Winner: Day One; Kingswood Primary School, Dingley Village, VIC
Special Mention: Mots’ Mansion; Doreen Primary School; Doreen, VIC

Winner: The Mysterious Mister E; Tom B; Mansfield, QLD
Special Mention: The Ballerina; Takin N; Mount Waverley, VIC

Winner: Extrasensory Perception; Tallulah C; Karrinyup, WA
Special Mention: The Shackles You Cannot See; Robyn F; Karrinyup, WA

Winner: The Adventures of the Lost Treasure; Bailey M; Point Cook, VIC

Recognising the below entrant for his outstanding achievement as part of Screen It:
Harrison T, QLD