ACMI Presents Screen It 2016
Teachers and parents be warned: children around Australia are about to be inspired, creative and occupied, as ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) calls for young creatives to enter Australia’s biggest student film competition,Screen It. This year’s theme, Mystery, is set to fuel ideas and classroom discussions, spurring school students around the country to create original and inventive films, animations and videogames.
Screen It is a free, annual film competition open to all Australian primary and secondary school students. The competition is a focused, curriculum-based learning program, with the added bonus of a juicy prize pack and splendid awards gala for students to celebrate their achievements.
Budding filmmakers, animators and game designers can enter a Live Action film, Animation or Videogame, and ACMI accepts entries via a school or independently, and from individuals or teams. For the first time this year, entries will be judged in three separate age groups: Foundation to Year 4, Years 5 to 8, and Years 9 to 12.
“Mystery is not just about the unknown or unfamiliar, but about possibility and discovery,” said ACMI Education Manager, Christine Evely. “Inspiration can stem from family, community or global events. The process of developing these ideas into characters, scenes and worlds on the screen will not only hone knowledge and skills across digital technologies, but will help students gain new perspectives and learn strategies for interpreting and responding to different situations in unique and creative ways.”
“Each year we look forward to seeing the incredible entries, and each year we are impressed at the dedication and ingenuity of entrants,” said Christine.
As an organisation, ACMI is at the heart of today’s ever-increasing level of interaction with the moving image for work, play and expression. It is dedicated to harnessing cross-disciplinary creativity in all its programs, and Screen It is no different.
Feedback from teachers demonstrates the classroom value of the education resources developed by ACMI’s experienced educators, including a comprehensive education resource kit, video conferences for students and teachers, and ACMI’s online creative tool Generator, designed to support students through the production process.
In 2015 the competition attracted a record 502 entries, comprising 1,916 students from across Australia. Winning entries are preserved in moving image history, exhibited in the Australian Mediatheque where ACMI visitors can view them on demand. They will also be displayed at ACMI’s permanent Screen Worlds exhibition, and online in Generator, ACMI’s creative resource studio space.
Students and teachers can register their interest now to receive email updates with useful resources, and a step-by-step guide to Screen It entrants. ACMI then accepts submissions between Monday 1 August and Monday 19 September 2016. After the judging period, students, families and teachers can all celebrate at the awards gala in November. Judges are comprised of a panel of industry professionals including film and game makers, academics and industry representatives. Along with prizes for each category, the schools with the Best Overall Entries will be recognised.
For tips and information to get the ideas flowing, camera lights glowing and fingertips coding, students and teachers can now register for email updates from the experts at ACMI Education, which includes detailed information about how to build Screen It’s targeted education outcomes into the curriculum for Term 3.
To register for email updates and access Screen It resources and information, visit: acmi.net.au/screen-it