Despite the cool July winds in Melbourne, the heat was really on for this year’s ATOM Awards judges as they tried to work out the finalists for the ATOM Awards program, staged by the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). The reputable ATOM Awards program is in its 26th year and the bar was raised yet again by the outstanding quality of entered productions.

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 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.

“It almost sounds cliché, but we are bowled over each year by the calibre and quantity of entries that we get from all around Australia and New Zealand. It’s always a tough call to come up with the list of finalists as some categories are particularly close, so I can only emphasise that our 2008 finalists should be incredibly proud of their achievement, as should all those who entered their work in this year’s awards program,” commented Julie-Anne Smith, Executive Officer, 2008 EnhanceTV ATOM Awards.

“In light of the ever changing technology used by the film, television, animation and multimedia industries, the ATOM Awards are constantly looking to recognise the adaptation and use of new technologies and innovation in our industry. Many of the finalists have certainly made use of new technology in an impressive manner.”

“There are also some great stories behind some of the productions entered in this year’s program, so we look forward to seeing all our finalists on the big screen at our gala awards night in October. It’s great to see the talent of tomorrow featured on the screen alongside already accomplished industry professionals,” she concluded.

The 2008 EnhanceTV ATOM Awards will be presented at a gala presentation ceremony, held in the Plaza Ballroom, Regent Theatre, Melbourne on Friday 24 October, 2008.

The 2008 EnhanceTV ATOM Awards program is sponsored by Avid, Adobe Asia Pacific, Victorian Government through the Department of Planning and Community Development, Madman Entertainment, Deakin University, Monash University Faculty of Arts, Encore Magazine, Metro Magazine, Metroscreen, Open Channel, Qpix, SBS, 2Camels, Netagi, Disc Ready, Scotch College Melbourne and Overnewton Anglican Community College.

The 2008 EnhanceTV ATOM Awards are funded by Screen Australia, South Australian Film Corporation, the New South Wales Film and Television Office and Film Victoria.

For more information about the 2008 EnhanceTV ATOM Awards please visit

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