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Winners of the National Screen It Competition 2013

Winners of the National Screen It Competition 2013

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is proud to announce the winners of the annual Screen It competition, Australia's largest competition for school-aged filmmakers, animators and game makers.

This year's competition attracted 373 entries involving 1489 students representing every state and territory creating live-action films, computer games and animations to this year's theme, Connect.

ACMI's Screen Education Manager, Christine Evely, says it has been a talented field of competition for 2013.

'The 2013 entries clearly demonstrated that we are experiencing a generation of young people well able to harness film and game making technology, with strong storytelling abilities, who can critically reflect upon the interconnected nature of our world."

'We are so impressed with the entries to Screen It 2013 and look forward to meeting these talented young creatives at the award ceremony in December."

Best Primary Animation, consistently one of the most popular and competitive categories, was taken out by Yarraville West Primary School in Victoria for their colourful claymation Max's Farm. Best Secondary Animation went to independent entrant Nicholas Gooch from Clifton Hill in Victoria for his film World Connect Four Tournament.

Best Primary Live Action went to a group from Swifts Creek P-12 School in East Gippsland, Victoria for their film Connecting. Best Secondary Live Action film was awarded to Mateuse Pingol and Emmie Seaton of McDowall in Queensland for My City Walkabout, their unique portrait of what it means to connect as an Indigenous Australian.

This year, Screen It Ambassadors, Bajo and Hex, hosts of ABC2's Good Game, join the judging panel to help find the best Primary and Secondary-student created video game in the country. Best Primary Video Game was awarded to Brunswick South West Primary School for their entry, Voyager. West Australian, Paige Spence, took out Best Secondary Video Game for The Mansion.

To recognise the achievements of classrooms across the country, ACMI awards two Best Overall trophies. This year, Table Cape Primary School of Wynard, Tasmania, and St Mary's Anglican Girls' College in Karinyup, West Australia, won Best Overall Primary and Best Overall Secondary respectively.

In recognition of the quality of entries the judges also awarded an unprecedented number of Special Mentions.

'Our judges spent hours deliberating and discussing the rich and diverse content, and we feel confident that some of these young people have already begun their journey towards a moving image career. We congratulate all the students who entered and we look forward to seeing what they produce in the years to come," Christine said.

In 2013, the Screen It judging panel of industry professionals consisted of writer-director Martyn Pedler, director Aleksi Vellis (Wog Boy), artist Ghostpatrol, animator Leanne Lee, film festival directors Ben Laden (Little Big Shots) and Malcolm Turner (Melbourne International Animation Festival), as well as industry representatives from the Australian Children's Television Foundation, RMIT's Centre for Animation and Interactive Media, and Federation Square.

Since 2011, ACMI has partnered with Bullying. No Way!, an initiative of all Australian education authorities, to present special Screen It awards. Bullying. No Way! have awarded the entries that best address the issue of bullying and how prevention relates to connectedness. This year's Primary winner was Queensland's Scarborough State School and at Secondary level the winner was Billy Peters of Xavier College in Victoria. Winners of these categories will receive a $1000 bursary for their school.

Winners will be officially awarded at the Screen It Awards on Friday 6 December, each receiving a certificate and a trophy, as well as a DVD prize pack and souvenir Screen It DVD courtesy of Madman Entertainment, and the winner of each Best Video Game category will receive a Sony PlayStation console. The primary and secondary school with the Best Overall Entries will each be awarded a state-of-the-art Mitsubishi projector for their school. In addition, the winning entries will be added to the library of the Australian Mediatheque where visitors to ACMI can view moving image works on demand, as well as being exhibited on the ACMI website.

For more information on Screen It or to enter in 2014, please visit acmi.net.au/screenit

Screen It 2013 is proudly supported by the 6A Foundation, Bullying. No Way!, Madman Entertainment, Mitsubishi Electric, Sony PlayStation and SYN

And the winners are:

Best Primary Animation
Winner: Max's Farm, Yarraville West Primary School (Yarraville, VIC)
Special Mention: Just One, Table Cape Primary School (Wynyard, TAS)

Runners Up:
Connected R Us, Cabramatta Public School (Cabramatta, NSW)
Music Connection, Westgrove Primary School (Werribee, VIC)
Pacman Gets Bullied, Joshua Karchinsky, (Mudgeeraba, QLD)
The Lost Shell, Croydon Hills Primary School (Croydon, VIC)
Visiting Grandpa, Table Cape Primary School (Wynyard, TAS)

Best Primary Live Action
Winner: Connecting, Swifts Creek P-12 School (Swifts Creek, VIC)
Special Mention: Fudge and Us, Doreen Primary School (Doreen, VIC)

Runners Up:
Connect Through Time, Sanctuary Point Public School (Sanctuary Point, NSW)
HEZ - Connect, Sanctuary Point Public School (Sanctuary Point, NSW)
Letting the Hard Times Make You Stronger, Laburnum Primary School (Blackburn, VIC)
Making Friends, Connecting with Others, Essex Heights Primary School (Mount Waverley, VIC)
The Book of Friendship, Fairfield Public School (Fairfield, NSW)

Best Primary Game
Winner: Voyager, Brunswick South West Primary School (Brunswick West, VIC)

Runners Up:
Dungeon Explorers, Tea Tree Gully Primary School (Tea Tree Gully, SA)
Global Warming, Kooringal Public School (Wagga Wagga, NSW)
The Apple Hunter, Tea Tree Gully Primary School (Tea Tree Gully, SA)

Best Secondary Animation
Winner: WCFT – World Connect Four Tournament, Nicholas Gooch (Clifton Hill, VIC)
Special Mentions: Elemental Connections, Sonali Fernando (Croydon, VIC)
Fragile Connections, East Doncaster Secondary College (East Doncaster, VIC)

Runners Up:
Beach Ball, Michael Gibbon (Williamstown, VIC)
First Encounter, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College (Kensington, NSW)
Mango the Monkey, Liam Gare (Stirling, SA)
Together, Renjith Joseph (Moore Park, NSW)

Best Secondary Live Action
Winner: My City Walkabout, Mateuse Pingol and Emmie Seaton (McDowall, QLD)
Special Mention: The Butterfly Effect, Tim Eddy (Lennox Head, NSW)

Runners Up:
Closure, St Mary's Anglican Girls' College (Karinyup, WA)
Life Goes On, Matthew Cherubino (Brighton, VIC)
Now and Then, Henry Gosper of Scotch College (Hawthorn, VIC)
Soldier On, Billy Peters of Xavier College (Kew, VIC)
This Is It, Jeremy Bonwick of Scotch College (Hawthorn, VIC)
We Are One, Mikaela Ellis (Belrose, NSW)

Best Secondary Game
Winner: The Mansion, Paige Spence (Attadale, WA)
Special Mention: Brian, David Chen (Doncaster, VIC)

Runners Up:
Connection Management, Daniel Mercado (Box Hill South, VIC)
Outcast, Harrison Turton (Beaudesert, QLD)
Schrödinger, Danielle Bailly (Mount Pleasant, WA)

Bullying. No Way!
Primary Winner: The Tank Gang: A Say No to Bullies Story, Scarborough State School (Scarborough, QLD)
Secondary Winner: Soldier On, Billy Peters of Xavier College (Kew, VIC)

Runners Up:
Beach Ball, Michael Gibbon (Williamstown, VIC)
Contrasting Colours, Sirius College - Meadow Fair Campus (Broadmeadows, VIC)
Fighting Back, Gleneagles Secondary College (Endeavour Hills, VIC)
Just One, Table Cape Primary School (Wynyard, TAS)
Lend a Hand [Jealousy], St Augustine's Primary School (Keilor, VIC)
Letting the Hard Times Make You Stronger, Laburnum Primary School (Blackburn, VIC)
Pacman Gets Bullied, Joshua Karchinsky (Mudgeeraba, QLD)
The Book of Friendship, Fairfield Public School (Fairfield, NSW)
The Gap, Samantha Hargreaves (Heatherton, VIC)
We Are One, Mikaela Ellis (Belrose, NSW)
 
Best Overall Primary Entry
Visiting Grandpa, Table Cape Primary School (Wynyard, TAS)

Best Overall Secondary Entry
Closure, St Mary's Anglican Girls' College (Karinyup, WA)



 



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