Entries are now open for Screen It 2015, Australia’s largest competition for school-aged filmmakers, animators and game makers, run annually by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
The competition is free to enter and open to all primary and secondary school students. Entries can be live-action films, computer games or animations. Each year students are inspired by a new theme. In 2015 the theme, ‘CHANGE’, provides a starting point for students and teachers to explore topical issues while learning game, animation and filmmaking techniques.
Students may wish to relate the theme to self, family, community or global events or represent change through the evolution of characters and visuals through their creations.
“Change is an integral part of everyday life. It can be exciting and innovative or disruptive and unsettling,” said ACMI Education Manager Christine Evely. “Exploring ideas surrounding change can help students discover how it impacts on their identity, relationships, environment and the communities that make up their world.
“Working together to create a film, animation or videogame which responds to the theme of change, can help young people develop some of the skills and knowledge they need to embrace positive change or face challenging situations. We look forward to the myriad ways this year’s theme will spark imaginative and transformative storytelling through the films, animations, and video games created by young people,” said Christine.
Unlike other student film competitions, Screen It is designed to provide rich cross-disciplinary educational outcomes for participants. Teachers are encouraged to download the Education Resources developed by ACMI’s experienced educators to assist students to explore the theme. They can also participate in Screen It Video Conferences with ACMI Education staff and choose to utilise Generator, ACMI’s online creative tool to support the production process.
Screen It is judged by a panel of industry professionals. Winners will be acknowledged at a glittering red carpet awards ceremony, each receiving a certificate, a trophy and a prize pack. Along with prizes for each category, the primary and secondary school with the Best Overall Entries will be recognised. In addition, winning entries will be added to the Australian Mediatheque where ACMI visitors can view moving image works on demand, as well as being exhibited in ACMI’s Screen Worlds gallery, on Generator and the ACMI website.
In 2014 the competition attracted 365 entries submitted by over 1546 students nationwide, making it Australia’s biggest moving image competition for young people—a title it has held for over 10 years.
Entries for the 2015 competition close on Monday 21 September 2015.
Students can enter via a school or independently, and entries can be created by individuals or teams.