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Published August 23, 2013

ACMI has announced that the hosts of ABC TV’s show Good Game, Bajo and Hex, will be ambassadors of Screen It, Australia’s largest competition for school-aged filmmakers, animators and game makers.

Good Game has been running since 2006, and since then, Bajo (aka Steven O’Donnell) and Hex (Stephanie Bendixsen), have been championing video game development to Australian people. Hex said:

ABC2 Good Game's Bajo and Hex 2013_med

“We’re stoked to be a part of Screen It, Australia’s largest competition for the next generation of filmmakers, animators and game developers. Like Screen It we’re always hoping to discover the next big thing. We often hear from young people aspiring to careers in game development, television, and other forms of the moving image, and we know just how passionate and eager they are. We can’t wait to see what Screen It uncovers in 2013.”

Bajo made a special video message encouraging students to enter the competition. 

“If you are a school student and you have the creative itch, it’s time to make your mark on the Australian media by making a short film, animation, or video game,” he said.

The annual competition is free to enter and open to all primary and secondary aged people. Entries can be live-action films, computer games or animations, as long as they respond to the theme. This year’s theme is Connect.

ACMI’s Screen Education Manager Christine Evely says that: Screen It is all about getting young people excited about the possibilities of the moving image, much like the way Bajo and Hex excite viewers via television and video game appreciation.” 

“We hope that Bajo and Hex are the first in a long line of Screen It Ambassadors that one day might include the competition’s  alumni returning to support and inspire the next generation of creative talents of Australia,” said Christine.

Teachers registering their students are encouraged to download the Education Resources devised by ACMI’s team of experienced educators to assist with developing the theme. ACMI’s online education tool, Generator (generator.acmi.net.au), can guide teachers through the production process.  

Screen It is judged by a panel of industry professionals including Tropfest finalist writer-director Nicholas Verso, artist Ghostpatrol, film festival directors Ben Laden (Little Big Shots) and Malcolm Turner (Melbourne International Animation Festival), as well as Phil Larsen of Halfbrick, the Queensland-based team behind the worldwide video game phenomenon Fruit Ninja. Industry representatives from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and the Victorian College of the Arts, also judge the entries.

Winners will be presented at a red carpet awards ceremony in December, each receiving a certificate, a trophy and a DVD prize pack courtesy of Madman Entertainment. The primary and secondary school with the Best Overall Entries will each be awarded a state-of-the-art Mitsubishi projector for their school. ACMI will also recognise special achievements by awarding a Sony PlayStation 3 and a Sony PlayStation Vita. 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.

The 2012 Screen It competition attracted 398 entries submitted by over 1281 students nationwide, making it Australia’s biggest moving image competition for young people.

Entries for the 2013 competition close on Friday 13 September. For more information, please visit the Screen It page on the ACMI website.

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

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