Screen Producers Australia (SPA) has unveiled the first finalists for its 2022 awards, which will cover an extended, two-year period due to COVID-19.
Announced today are the nominees in three categories: Animated Series Production of the Year, Children’s Series Production of the Year and Online Series Production of the Year.
The children’s category looks to be particularly competitive, including second seasons of the Emmy-winningBluey (Ludo Studio) and Hardball (Northern Pictures) and the currently Emmy-nominatedFirst Day (Epic Films), in addition to 100% Wolf: Legend of the Moonstone (Flying Bark Productions), Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors? (Sticky Pictures/Flying Kite Pictures), Itch (Komixx Entertainment) and The New Legends of Monkey (See-Saw Films).
Flying Bark is also up for the animated series gong for Lego: Monkie Kid, as is Ludo Studio for The Strange Chores with Media World Pictures. Also earning two nominations is Mashup Pictures, with Phenomena and Youth on Strike! both up for the online award.
Finalist rounds are staggered for this iteration of the awards, with new category nominations to be announced each fortnight. The idea is this will give SPA members the time to view each of the finalists works before voting.
“Year on year local and international audiences get to enjoy an incredibly diverse and exciting array of content from independent Australian production companies. We are extremely impressed with the quality of content coming from our members who have set the bar incredibly high,” said SPA CEO Matthew Deaner.