2012 SCINEMA Film Awards announced
[Mon 23/07/2012 01:18:23]
Press release from CSIRO
Sydney filmmaker Richard Smith was among the winning filmmakers in the 2012 SCINEMA Film Awards announced today in Canberra.
Smith’s four-part series AUSTRALIA: A TIME-TRAVELLERS GUIDE was judged Best Television Series at SCINEMA International Festival of Science Films, an annual competition that attracts over 600 entries from across the globe including some of the world’s most respected science factual producers, directors and programs.
SCINEMA was conceived 10 years ago as a way of forging links between the sciences and creative industries and boosting public literacy in science.
Best Film was awarded to the compelling American documentary film INTO THE GYRE which follows a team of 34 volunteer researchers, scientists and sailors as they collect, count, and archive the plastic that washes down our drains and into the oceans.
“The filmmakers help the viewer to feel the urgency of finding a solution,” says jurist Dr Jayne Keane. “A totally coherent film with the story of plastic pollution told well.”
A powerful documentary, POLAR EXPLORER from award winning Canadian Mark Terry was judged Best Scientific Merit for its research into climate change demonstrated in the Arctic.
The film features an examination of the drastically changing eco system showing the infield research of some of the world’s most foremost polar scientists as they show how warmer temperatures are affecting the speed of melting glaciers, icebergs, pack ice and floes.
Juror Nathanael Cooper felt he “was on board the journey with Terry and was mesmerised with the imagery as well as the power of the message.”
Students from Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community School in Western Australia took home the top prizes in the Festival’s student short film competition, which asked Australian students to produce a five minute film about sustainable energy.
Sophia Clipperton and her Year 5 classmates won Best Student Film with A DUMMIES GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, while classmates Zoe Kelly and Jessie De Been scored second place with their film YOU’VE GOT THE POWER.
SCINEMA 2012 WINNERS:
Best Film INTO THE GYRE (USA Director Scott Elliot)
Best Director OUT OF OUR MINDS (USA Director Kate Webbink)
Best Animation CENTERFOLD (UK Director Ellie Land)
Best Experimental COFFEE RING EFFECT (USA Director Kurtis Sensenig)
Best Short Film REFLECTOR (USA Director Dave Hill)
Award for Technical Merit ROBOT QUADRATORS PERFORM THE JAMES BOND THEME (USA Director Kurtis Sensenig)
Award for Scientific Merit THE POLAR EXPLORER (Canada Director Mark Terry)
Best Television Series AUSTRALIA: A TIME-TRAVELLERS GUIDE
(Australia Director Richard Smith for Essential Media and Entertainment)
BEST STUDENT FILM A DUMMIES GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (Sophie Clipperton, Kalgoorlie WA) [2nd Prize YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Zoe Kelly & Jessie De Been, Kalgoorlie WA; Highly Commended REUSABLE RENEWABLE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ROBOTS Yusuf & Sudenaz Kiran, Preston NSW]
The SCINEMA International Festival of Science Films travelling shows will be screening at over 400 venues around Australia during Science week from August 13-21.
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