Press Release – Australian Teachers of Media
ATOM (the Australian Teachers of Media) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 ATOM Awards. The ATOM Awards program is designed to recognise and celebrate the excellence displayed by Australian and New Zealand productions made for the screen …For immediate release
2011 ATOM Award Winners Announced… Congratulations All!
MELBOURNE – Monday 24 October, 2011 – ATOM (the Australian Teachers of Media) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 ATOM Awards. The ATOM Awards program is designed to recognise and celebrate the excellence displayed by Australian and New Zealand productions made for the screen – be it for the TV screen, theatre screen, computer screen or mobile phone.
The competition was open to anyone who had produced a short film, documentary, animation, electronic game, educational resource, television program or innovative new media work in the past twelve months.
This year’s ATOM Awards program comprised 31 awards in the categories of Film, Television, Documentary, Animation and Multimedia / Video Games).
“This is the 29th year of the ATOM Awards and we were pleased to have yet another fantastic display of the creativity and innovation of our media industry,” commented ATOM Awards Executive Officer, Simon Wilmot.
“We were also delighted to be joined by our hosts Kayne Tremills and Amberley Lobo and our celebrity guest presenters Lisa McCune, James Frecheville, Blair McDonough, Tommy Little, Deniz Akdeniz, Nicole Gulasekharam and Christopher Pang – all of whom were most enthusiastic in their support and encouragement for the future of Australian Screen,” he added.
“To be selected as a finalist is an exceptional achievement, particularly as the judging panel follow a strict selection criteria. The overall quality of the entries to the ATOM Awards and the criteria we set in the judging means that this year’s winners are really standout works in their category. So I congratulate all our finalists and commend the work of all our winners.”
“ATOM is committed to developing the quality of film and video work in education and our 2011 winners set higher standards again this year,” commented Mr Wilmot.
The 2011 ATOM Awards was presented at a gala ceremony, held at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank on Friday 21 October.
And the winners are:
STUDENT – SCHOOL
Best Primary Film Production
Mayfield State School
Best Middle School Film Production
Shagua De Huangjin
Lithgow High School Film Makers
Lithgow High School
Best Middle School Animation
Carmel High School
Best Senior Secondary Documentary
Best Senior Secondary Experimental
The Belly of the Machine
Lali Sherwell & Bridget Griffiths
Queensland Academy for Creative Industries
Best Senior Secondary Fiction
Best Senior Secondary Fiction – Animation Winner
The Future of Consumerism
Footscray City College Media
Best Senior Secondary Music Video
Chocolates and Cigarettes
Caroline Springs College – Lakeview
STUDENT – TERTIARY
Best Tertiary Short Fiction
Writer: Andrew Hale
Producer: Ali Roberts
Directors: Geoff Kelso & Kelton Pell
ECU WA Screen Academy
Best Tertiary Animation
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Best Tertiary Documentary
Best Tertiary Multimedia & Games
A Forest in Orange
EDUCATIONAL / VOCATIONAL
Best Indigenous Resource
Muriel Jaragba, David Hansen, Kylie Lee and Jenni Langrell
Best Instructional/Training Video Resource
Back to Basics
Mike Swinson – Corporate Image Matters
Pete Worland – Knowing Pictures
Best Primary Education Video Resource
Natural Hazards Children’s Program Teacher’s Resource
Best Secondary Education Video Resource
Heydon Films and City of Melville
Best Tertiary Education Video Resource
Donated to Science
Paul Trotman – PRN Films
The Missing Key
Best Children’s Fiction Television
Dance Academy Series 1
Werner Film Productions
Best Children’s Factual Television
Best Factual Television Series
Voyage to the Planets
Essential Media and Entertainment
Best Documentary General (presented in memory of Anna Kannava)
murundak – songs of freedom
Natasha Gadd and Rhys Graham
Best Documentary Biography
Electric Pictures & Wawili Pitjas
Best Documentary Science, Technology & the Environment
The Silent Epidemic
Beyond Screen Production
Best Documentary History, Social & Political Issues
The Indian Pacific Picture Company
Best Documentary Arts
Life in Movement
Bryan Mason & Sophie Hyde
Electric Pictures & Wawili Pitjas
Best Documentary Short Form
Something To Tell You
Pete Gleeson: Producer / Director
Melissa Hayward: Co-producer
Kate Neylon: Associate Producer
Raw And Cooked Media
Rip, Drip, Tear
Best Music Video
Sometimes the Stars
Produced by Luke Jurevicius
Directed by Ari Gibson & Jason Pamment
Best Short Fiction
Craig Irvin and Ash Harris
2011 ATOM Teacher’s Award
ECU, WA Screen Academy
About the ATOM Awards
The ATOM Awards were established in 1982 by the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) – an independent, non-profit association promoting media education and screen literacy in primary, secondary and tertiary education and the broader community.
The ATOM Awards annually recognise excellence in over thirty categories of Film, Television, Animation and Multimedia and celebrate the very best of Australian and New Zealand production.
The ATOM Awards program is designed to acknowledge the work that our current and future talent is contributing to the big screen, across a wide range of media. As such, the ATOM Awards program aims to ‘capture’ and highlight the development of all facets of media produced for ‘screen’, be it the movie, television, PC, games console or even mobile phone screen.
This major screen culture event annually attracts a large number of students, production companies, independent filmmakers, educational bodies and educational producers all of whom are keen to submit their best work and have it judged alongside their peers.
Using the 2011 ATOM Awards, ATOM publications and ATOM Professional Development Victoria, ATOM is actively engaged in the promotion of Australian product into the education and industry market. As such, the ATOM Awards are unique in their incorporation of the educational market with the broader industry.
The combination of student and professional awards not only allows the 2011 ATOM Awards to provide all-important early career exposure and experience for emerging professionals, but also provides promotional opportunities for winners and finalists.
About the ATOM Awards Patron – Nadia Tass
After pursuing an academic career in arts and education, Nadia Tass began acting and later directing classical and contemporary theatre in Melbourne. She directed her first feature film, Malcolm, in 1986. Since then Nadia has directed the Australian features Rikky and Pete (1987), The Big Steal (1989), Mr Reliable (1997), Amy (1998).
Amy received 23 international awards including Best Film at the Paris Film Festival (99), Grand Prix de Cinecole at Cannes Film Festival (1999), Grand Prix Cannes Junior (1999) and the Humanitarian Award at Asia Pacific Film Festival.
Nadia’s work in the USA includes Pure Luck (1991) for Universal Studios, The Miracle Worker (2000) for Disney, Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story (2001) for Disney, Undercover Christmas (2003) for CBS Network, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday’(2004), and Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005) for Warner Bros, and Custody for Jaffe Braunstein Films. She also directed Stark (1993), a miniseries for The BBC/ABC television.
She has continued her relationship with commercial theatre by directing for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and in 2002/2003 she directed the musical theatre production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which toured Australia and New Zealand. Nadia’s work was rewarded with a nomination for Best Direction of a Musical 2003 at the prestigious Sir Robert Helpmann Awards.
In 2010, Tass launched a feature film called Matching Jack, which was distributed by 20th Century Fox in Australia. The film has been screened in Cannes, Milan, Paris, London and Athens. She also has a number of feature films in development with American studios, in addition to the slate of projects being developed through her production company Cascade Films. Projects in development include The Journey to be shot in Greece, Paris and New York, and Bottle This! – Nadia’s first documentary venture.
To find out more about Nadia and her production company, Cascade Films visit www.cascadefilms.com.au