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2010 ATOM Award Finalists Announced!


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2010 ATOM Award Finalists Announced!


MELBOURNE – Monday 9 August, 2010 – ATOM (the Australian Teachers of Media) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 ATOM Awards, which recognise and celebrated the excellence displayed by Australian and New Zealand productions for the screen.

“Once again the ATOM Awards have attracted the best work from around Australia and New Zealand in our categories. We are pleased to be able to recognise and celebrate the outstanding creative work of the documentary industry, of students and educational professionals. Our judges are continually amazed and impressed by many of the entries we receive and this year was no different,” commented ATOM Awards Executive Officer, Simon Wilmot.

“The hard part is picking a winner for each category. Everyone who is announced as a finalist today should be very proud of their efforts and we applaud each and every one of them. I urge all finalists to see themselves as winners and to celebrate this recognition,” he added.

The annual ATOM Awards recognise excellence in over thirty categories of Film, Television, Animation and Multimedia (including video games) and celebrate the very best of Australian and New Zealand screen production.

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.

“We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our 2010 ATOM Awards Finalists and Winners at the 2010 ATOM Awards night in October,” Mr Wilmot concluded.

The 2010 ATOM Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony, held in the Plaza Ballroom, Regent Theatre, Melbourne on Friday 22 October, 2010.

The 2010 ATOM Awards program is presented by ATOM.

The 2010 ATOM Awards is sponsored and supported by Sustainability Victoria, Aurora Community Channel, EnhanceTV, Roadshow Films, Madman, Encore Magazine, Griffith University, Holmesglen, SAE Institute, Qantm, Deakin University, Scotch College, AFTRS, Federation Square Melbourne, ScreenHub, Nikoda, Quest Collins Street Central, Wide Angle, Qpix, iZDOT, Metro Magazine, Screen Education Magazine, Open Channel, Northbridge Piazza - City of Perth, Screen West, I.D.E.A and Big Mouth Marketing Communications.

The 2010 ATOM Awards is funded by Screen Australia, Arts NSW, Film Victoria and the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Victorian Government and the South Australian Film Corporation.

For more information about the 2010 ATOM Awards please visit www.atomawards.org

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** See attached list of 2010 ATOM Awards Finalists


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 2010 ATOM Awards were open to the education and industry sectors, students, production companies, independent filmmakers, educational bodies and educational producers in both countries.

Using the 2010 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 2010 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.

Tass recently launched her feature film, ‘Matching Jack’. 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


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2010 ATOM AWARDS
FINALISTS

STUDENT

Best Primary Video Production (3 Finalists):

Fire: Friend or Foe
Grade 3-4 H
Lara Primary School
Vic

The Secret Language
Cherbourg State School
Qld

Dr Bubbles
Cherbourg State School
Qld

Best Primary Animation (2 Finalists):

Jason's Journey
Ellie Johnston
Methodist Ladies’ College
Vic

I am Technology
Ellie Johnston
Methodist Ladies College
Vic

Best Middle School Video Production (4 Finalists):

The Virus
Zibby Schildkraut, Aiden Dimbleby & Rafi Mayer
Carmel High School
WA

OPERATION V.E.G.E.M.I.T.E
Zibby Schildkraut, Aiden Dimbleby & Lee Robinson
Carmel High School
WA

Wind Girl
Alex Litchfield, Raphael Fitzpatrick, Matilda Barlow, Elise Dare,
Reuben Culliton, Thomas Brownlow & Sean O'Keeffe
Lithgow High School
NSW

Torment
Fraser Clayton & Sean Backhouse
Immanuel Lutheran College
Qld

Best Middle School Animation (3 Finalists):

Hindsight
Alistair Welsh
Immanuel Lutheran College
Qld

Tree Talk
Daneeka Kent
Immanuel Lutheran College
Qld

Abducted
Kimberley Toovey Immanuel Lutheran College
Qld

Best Senior Secondary Animation (3 Finalists):

Firefly Effect - All the Jokes Are On Me
David Mahler Carey Baptist Grammar School
Vic

Max
Kim Reid
Melbourne Girls' College
Vic

Abducted
Belinda Stefanovic
Caroline Springs College – Lakeview
Vic

Best Senior Secondary Documentary (3 Finalists):

Matt the Rat
Audrey Shaw
Melbourne Girls' College
Vic

Wind Girl
Alex Litchfield, Raphael Fitzpatrick, Matilda Barlow, Elise Dare,
Reuben Culliton, Thomas Brownlow & Sean O'Keeffe
Lithgow High School
NSW

Black Saturday
Rachael MacRae
Wesley College Melbourne
VIC

Best Senior Secondary Fiction (4 Finalists):

Blue Ponies And White Skies
Jade Bates, Ella Jackson, Eliza Kavanagh & Chloe Leaker
Presbyterian Ladies' College (Perth)
WA

Her Name Was Natasha
Samlara Canin-Henkel and Taylor Donaldson
Queensland Academy for Creative Industries
Qld

Am I
Gabrielle Goodchild, Hannah Young & Jasmin Bernard
Emmanuel Catholic College
WA

Happy, Desperate, Lonely
Travis Unuka
Footscray City College
Vic

Best Senior Secondary Music Video (4 Finalists):

Firefly Effect - All the Jokes Are On Me
David Mahler
Carey Baptist Grammar School
Vic

The Dream
Eliza Hopcraft Hoyland
Melbourne Girls' College
Vic

Gingerbread Dreams
Charlotte McKay & Alastair Hare
Narrabundah College
ACT

Baby
Emily Cook
Immanuel Lutheran College
Qld

Best Tertiary Short Fiction (5 Finalists):

Vigilant! Healthy! Wholesome!
Lauren Anderson
University of Melbourne
Faculty of the VCA and Music
Vic

Love and Other Red Spot Specials
Lauren Anderson
University of Melbourne
Faculty of the VCA and Music
Vic

Chasing Rabbits
Produced by John Barker
Directed by Adrian Pinto
WA

Distant Future
Directed by Aaron Moss
Produced by Ellena Stacey
Central Institute of Technology
WA

Stuffed
Alex Giles
WA Screen Academy
WA

Best Tertiary Animation (5 Finalists):

Hughbert
Isaac McNicol, Andrew Van Zanten & Joel Brettig
University of Adelaide
SA

Sick
Maisie Cohen
University of Technology Sydney
NSW

Bus Stop
Fungus Studios
WA

Stain
Emma Leigh Lagratta
Sydney Film School
NSW

Puka
Cleone Johnstone
Victoria University
Vic

Best Tertiary Documentary (5 Finalists):

The Honourable Peter Garrett
Jacqui Lothian
The University of Melbourne
Victorian College of the Arts and Music
Vic

Night Fare
William Head
University of Melbourne
Faculty of VCA and Music
Vic

Something In The Water
Emma Goodman
QUT
Qld

Rock'N'Roll Mudwrestling
Alex Giles
WA Screen Academy
WA

Foresight
Claudia J Rondon
WA Screen Academy
WA

Best Tertiary Multimedia (2 Finalists):

Night Fare
William Head
University of Melbourne
Faculty of VCA and Music
Vic

Gemma and the Living World
Layton Hawkes
School of Creative Industries
Victoria University
Vic

Best Tertiary Experimental (2 Finalists):

Deeper Water
Emma Rochester
RMIT
Vic

Eulogy
Benjamin Claremont
Sydney Film School
NSW

EDUCATIONAL / VOCATIONAL

Best Indigenous Resource (4 Finalists):

Ngapartji Ngapartji Memory Basket
Alex Kelly
Big hART – Ngapartji Ngapartji Project
Tas

The Ration Shed
Sandra Morgan & Robyn Hofmeyr
Cherbourg Historical Precinct Inc
Qld

Waabiny Time
Cath Trimboli
L'unica Productions
WA

Wadu Matyidi
Incite Stories, Farda Film, Vishus Productions & the Inhaadi Adnyamathanha Ngawarla Class
SA


Best Instructional / Training Resource (3 Finalists):

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Learning Initiatives & TAFE Services
The Centre For Learning Innovation
NSW

My Place for Teachers
Australian Children's Television Foundation
& Education Services Australia
Vic

Just not at work, mate
Andrew Maj
Maze Productions
Vic

Best Primary Education Resource (5 Finalists):

Behind the News
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
SA

Investigating Gallipoli
Ryebuck Media &
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Vic

My Place for Teachers
Australian Children's Television Foundation
& Education Services Australia
Vic

Silkworms
Linda Kennedy
SA

Us Online v2 - Primary Modules
Roar Educate
Tas

Best Secondary Education Resource (4 Finalists):

Gallipoli: The First Day
ABC Innovation
Vic

Australian History Mysteries 3
National Museum of Australia & Ryebuck Media
Vic

SES Cadet Program - Future Boosting
Corporate Films & SES NSW
NSW

Punctuation Explained
Katrina Rutigliano
Video Education Australasia
Vic

Best Tertiary Education Resource (4 Finalists):

POLITICS, POWER, JUSTICE AND THE MEDIA
Craig Lahiff & Helen Leake
SA

Drive
Bronwyn Purvis & Telen Rodwell
Tas

Sickness from Tobacco
Groote Eylandt Health Clinics, University of Sydney,
The Perfect World & Anindilyakwa Land Council
NSW

Bonza: an online film and TV research resource
Deb Verhoeven & Alexander Gionfriddo
RMIT University
Vic

GENERAL

Best Animation (5 Finalists):

My Neighbourhood has been overrun by Baboons
Michael Richards & Cameron Edser
GooRoo Animation
SA

Zero
Christopher Kezelos & Christine Kezelos
Zealous Creative
NSW

Heirlooms
Susan Danta & Wendy Chandler
Parasol Productions
NSW

Lucky
Darcy Prendergast
Vic

Wadu Matyidi
Incite Stories, Farda Film, Vishus Productions
& the Inhaadi Adnyamathanha Ngawarla Class
SA

Best Children’s Television Production (4 Finalists):

Dead Gorgeous
Ewan Burnett & Margot McDonald
Burberry Entertainment & Coolabi Productions
Vic

My Place
Matchbox Pictures
NSW


a gURLs wURLd
Southern Star Entertainment
Southern Star Singapore
TV Plus
NSW

CJ the DJ
Kapow Pictures
NSW

Best Documentary General (5 Finalists):

NEW BEIJING: Reinventing a City
Georgia Wallace-Crabbe
Film Projects Pty Ltd
NSW

Lionel
Lizzette Atkins (Producer)
Circe Films
Vic

Orchids: My Intersex Adventure
Hartflicker
Qld

The Ice Maiden Expedition
Annie Venables
Viking Films
Vic

There Once was and Island: Te Henua e Nnoho
Brair March and Lyn Collie
On the Level Productions
New Zealand

Best Documentary Biography (5 Finalists):

Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji
Suzy Bates
Big hART - Ngapartji Ngapartji project
NT

Lani's Story
Producer - Darren Dale Director - Genevieve Grieves
Blackfella Films
NSW

Michael Kirby - Don't Forget the Justice Bit
Written & Directed by Daryl Dellora
Produced by Sue Maslin
Vic

Elders Series 2
Andrew Denton, Anita Jacoby & Andy Nehl
Zapruder’s other films
NSW

Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon
Robert de Young
lowlands media
Vic


Best Documentary Science, Technology & the Environment (4 Finalists):

Honeybee Blues
Mitra Films
NSW

NEW BEIJING: Reinventing a City
Georgia Wallace-Crabbe
Film Projects Pty Ltd
NSW

Anatomy of a Massacre
Andrew Sully
NSW

Kuru: The Science and the Sorcery
Siamese
WA

Catching Cancer
December Films & Pemberton Films
Vic

Best Environmental Conscience (3 Finalists):

Shiny Alumina
Luisa Randall & Darcie Mudd
Mayfield State School
Qld

Wind Girl
Alex Litchfield, Raphael Fitzpatrick, Matilda Barlow, Elise Dare,
Reuben Culliton, Thomas Brownlow & Sean O'Keeffe
Lithgow High School
NSW

Hindsight
Alistair Welsh
Immanuel Lutheran College
Qld

Best Documentary History, Social & Political Issues (5 Finalists):

NEW BEIJING: Reinventing a City
Georgia Wallace-Crabbe
Film Projects Pty Ltd
NSW

Palestine, Beer & Oktoberfest
Under Occupation
Lara van Raay
ACT

Kokoda
Pericles Films & Featherstone Productions
VIC

Wadu Matyidi
Incite Stories, Farda Film, Vishus Productions & the Inhaadi Adnyamathanha Ngawarla Class
SA

The Naked Lentil
Directed by Greg Williams
Produced by Kylie Bryant
VIC

Best Documentary Arts (3 Finalists):

NEW BEIJING: Reinventing a City
Georgia Wallace-Crabbe
Film Projects Pty Ltd
NSW

Not A Willing Participant
Alex Barnes
Silver Screen Pictures
QLD

A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia
Mandy Chang, Sharyn Prentice, Marianne Latham & Lavinia Riachi
Flaming Star Films
VIC

Best Documentary Short Form (4 Finalists):

From The Ashes
Carbon Media
QLD

Pride of Warriors
Jono van Hest
Rebel Films
VIC

Nin's Brother
Mary Munro & Lisa Duff
Dreaming Digital
NSW

The Mystery of Flying Kicks
Matthew Bate
Closer Productions
SA

Best Experimental (4 Finalists):

Scrutiny
Romney Francis
Indooroopilly State High School
QLD

Lucky
Darcy Prendergast
VIC

Pretty Ballerina
Magda Matwiejew
VIC

Eulogy
Benjamin Claremont
Sydney Film School
NSW

Best Multimedia (4 Finalists):

Black Saturday
ABC Innovation

Hungry Beast 2009
Zapruder’s other films
NSW

ABC3 Online
ABC TV Multiplatform Production
(Kids Online)
VIC

Sleuth 101 Online
Mayhem / Hoodlum for ABC Australia
QLD

Best Music Video (5 Finalists):

My Neighbourhood has been overrun by Baboons
Michael Richards & Cameron Edser
GooRoo Animation
SA

Knees
Tani Budini
Tani Budini: Design and Postproduction
QLD

Lucky
Darcy Prendergast
VIC

‘The Weather' - Kempsey
Natasha Gadd & Rhys Graham
Daybreak Films
VIC

The Ballad of You, Me and Donnie Mcgee
Tony Jackson & Sarah Hallam
VIC

Best Interactive / Video Game (3 Finalists):

The White Room
Joel Gatt
Caroline Springs College - Lakeview
VIC

Gemma and the Living World
Layton Hawkes
School of Creative Industries
Victoria University
VIC

Fragile Soul
Ben Marrinan, Tobias Stack, Terry Williams & Aprille Mazitelli
Southbank Institute of Technology
QLD

Best Short Fiction (5 Finalists):

The Kiss
Written & Directed by Ashlee Page
Produced by Sonya Humphrey
SA

Monkey Bar Mafia
Directed by Brendon Skinner & Simon Williams
Produced by Megan Huitema
Short Focus Films
SA

Bad Language
Viron Papadopoulos
Plexus Films
SA

With My Little Eye
Directed by Kylie Plunkett
Produced by Tamasin Simpkin
VIC

The water was dark and it went forever down
Kate Beverley, Khrob Edmonds & Miranda Edmonds
Cottesloe Films
WA

2010 Teacher’s Award (4 Finalists):

John Rapsey
WA Screen Academy
WA

Sandra Sciberras
Melbourne University
Victorian College of the Arts and Music
Vic

Sue Hope
Immanuel Lutheran College
Qld

Roger Dunscombe
Melbourne Girls College
Vic


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