Screen It Wrap
Posted on: 10/12/2015
Special Projects Coordinator Tania Lentini looks back at Screen It 2015.
On Friday 13 November, 1916 students, countless talented ACMI staff, eleven industry professionals and two hosts joined more than 300 students, families and teachers for our annual Screen It Gala. Sifting through a record 502 entries was no mean feat and the high quality of submissions this year certainly didn’t make it easier. But choose we did, and 35 entries across the six categories made it through to final judging.
Every state and territory that entered was represented in our cinema, which was awash with excitement when Good Game’s Bajo and Hex took the stage. The stars of the hit ABC TV show and our Screen It ambassadors were definitely a big hit with students and adults alike. They also kindly stuck around after the awards to greet their fans, signing autographs and taking photos and selfies.
But the festivities were far from over. Beloved Screen It supporter and acclaimed animator, Shaun Tan dropped by for a Q&A on his creative processes and with the event open to the public, many took the chance to hear from the man behind the beloved The Lost Thing.
Another Australian screen luminary, Paper Planes director Robert Connolly (and Screen It Live Action Ambassador), was unable to join us because he was shooting his current film Barracuda. He generously offered the Secondary Live Action Winner and Special Mention recipient the rare opportunity to visit him on set where they enjoyed chatting with creatives and experiencing what it is like to be on a professional film set first-hand.
We are all heartened by the amazing quality of work we have seen this year. Even for those that didn’t make the finalist list, the Australian film and videogame industry has a bright future if these entries are anything to go by. But don’t take our word for it; check out our winners and special mention and the finalists below. You can also view the winners and special mentions in the Australian Mediatheque or Screen Worlds.
All in all, an absolutely wonderful day. Those that couldn’t attend were able to view the awards ceremony online through YouTube, and could keep track of progress through our Facebook and Twitter updates.
And with that, it is on to 2016, with a new theme: