2018 AWARD CATEGORIES

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SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Best Primary School Animation

Open to students 13 years of age or under and enrolled in a primary school or a part of a community-based film school or club at the time of production, animation entries must be at least 90 per cent animation. All forms of animation are eligible for submission under this category. For instance, claymation, hand-drawn, cell, and digital 2D & 3D. While a majority of productions entered into this category will be around the 5-minute mark, all must be under 30 minutes.

Best Primary School Film Production

Open to students 13 years of age or under and enrolled in a primary school or a part of a community-based film school or club at the time of production, this category covers live-action productions that deal with fictional and non-fictional subject matter. ‘Mockumentaries’, documentaries, dramas, music videos, news productions, television-style shows and experimental productions would be suitable for submission under this category. While a majority of productions entered into this category will be around the 5-minute mark, all must be under 30 minutes.

Best Primary School Game

Open to students 13 years of age or under and enrolled in a primary school or a part of a community-based game-making school or club at the time of production, this category is for games that can be played on a web browser as well as those made for desktop computers. Entries to this category must either be submitted as a URL (for a browser-based game) or uploaded as a single, self-contained ZIP file (containing an executable game file and, optionally, any other required files).

Best Middle School (Years 7–10) Animation

Open to students 11–17 years of age and enrolled in a secondary school or a part of a community-based film school or club at the time of production, animation entries must be at least 90 per cent animation. All forms of animation are eligible for submission under this category. For instance, claymation, hand-drawn, cell, and digital 2D & 3D. While a majority of productions entered into this category will be around the 5-minute mark, all must be under 30 minutes.

Best Middle School (Years 7–10) Film Production

Open to students 11–17 years of age and enrolled in a secondary school or a part of a community-based film school or club at the time of production, this category covers live-action productions that deal with fictional and non-fictional subject matter. ‘Mockumentaries’, documentaries, dramas, music videos, news productions, television style shows and experimental productions would be suitable for submission under this category. While a majority of productions entered into this category will be around the 5-minute mark, all must be under 30 minutes.

Best Middle School (Years 7–10) Game

Open to students 11–17 years of age and enrolled in a secondary school or a part of a community-based game-making school or club at the time of production, this category is for games that can be played on a web browser as well as those made for desktop computers. Entries to this category must either be submitted as a URL (for a browser-based game) or uploaded as a single, self-contained ZIP file (containing an executable game file and, optionally, any other required files).

Best Senior Secondary Animation

Open to students 19 years of age or under and enrolled in a secondary school or a part of a community-based film school or club at the time of production, animation entries must be at least 90 per cent animation. All forms of animation are eligible for submission under this category. For instance, claymation, hand-drawn, cell, and digital 2D & 3D. While a majority of productions entered into this category will be around the 5-minute mark, all must be under 30 minutes.

Best Senior Secondary Documentary

Open to students 19 years of age or under and enrolled in a secondary school or a part of a community-based film school or club at the time of production, documentary entries must be non-fictional – fictional documentaries or ‘mockumentaries’ should be submitted to the Senior Secondary Fiction category. While a majority of productions entered into this category will be around the 10-minute mark, all must be under 50 minutes.

Best Senior Secondary Fiction

Open to students 19 years of age or under and enrolled in a secondary school or a part of a community-based film school or club at the time of production, Senior Secondary Fiction covers live-action productions that deal with fictional subject matter. ‘Mockumentaries’ and experimental productions are suitable for submission under this category. While a majority of productions entered into this category will be around the 10-minute mark, all must be under 50 minutes.

Best Senior Secondary Music Video

This category is open to students 19 years of age or under and enrolled in a secondary school or a part of a community-based film school or club at the time of production. Music videos should display a creative synergy between the designated music track / piece and the supportive video footage accompanying the track. The submission must be accompanied by written authorisation from the copyright holder of the recording of the music. Should copyright authorisation not be provided with the submission, the production will automatically be ineligible for judging and payment will not be refunded. Musicals are not eligible for this category and should be submitted under the Senior Secondary Fiction category. While a majority of productions entered into this category will be around the 5-minute mark, all must be under 10 minutes.

Best Senior Secondary Game

Open to students 19 years of age or under and enrolled in a secondary school or a part of a community-based game-making school or club at the time of production, this category is for games that can be played on a web browser as well as those made for desktop computers. Entries to this category must either be submitted as a URL (for a browser-based game) or uploaded as a single, self-contained ZIP file (containing an executable game file and, optionally, any other required files).

TERTIARY STUDENTS:

Best Tertiary Animation

Open to students enrolled in a tertiary education institution at the time of the production, this category is for non-live-action productions with the intention of entertaining. The dominant visual material must be graphic.

Best Tertiary Documentary

Open to students enrolled in a tertiary education institution at the time of the production, this category is for work that directly addresses characters, situations and conditions that exist or have existed. The primary purpose of these works is to create understanding and knowledge about their subject(s) or to promote action. Documentary entries must be non-fictional – fictional documentaries or ‘mockumentaries’ should be submitted to the Tertiary Short Fiction category.

Best Tertiary Experimental

Open to any students enrolled in a tertiary education institution at the time of the production who consider that they have made a film that distinguishes itself via its experimental nature. Any film submitted to this category should have a one-paragraph explanation supplied to explain how it distinguishes itself as an experimental film. A film can be deemed experimental at all levels of the filmmaking process – development, production and/or post-production – as long as the explanation is a realistic and acceptable version of what is evident in the submitted film. It should be up to the filmmaker to decide if their film is ‘experimental’ enough to enter this category. It is open to all genres and types of filmmaking (fiction, animation, documentary, music video, multimedia) but generally speaking, at some level of the filmmaking process there could be certain rules or conventions being broken, an innovative blending of techniques or genres or the implementation of new technologies that deem the film ‘experimental’.

Best Tertiary Short Fiction

Open to students enrolled in a tertiary education institution at the time of the production, this category is for live-action works no longer than 50 minutes (usual lengths will be 5 to 15 minutes). These productions are concerned with plots and characters that are fictionalised and with a primary intention to entertain. This category includes ‘mockumentary’.

GENERAL/OPEN:

Best Educational App (Primary)

This category is for apps that have been specifically produced for educational use by primary-aged students (5–12 years old). Submissions must include information about the curriculum into which the app fits and related assessment tasks, as well as the pedagogical strategy of which the app is a part. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to a primary-aged audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of the pedagogical strategy. Entries into this category must be apps created for either Android or iOS devices, and must be made available for our judges to access through Google Play or the iTunes Store.

Best Educational App (Secondary)

This category is for apps that have been specifically produced for educational use by secondary-aged students (12–18 years old). Submissions must include information about the curriculum into which the app fits and related assessment tasks, as well as the pedagogical strategy of which the app is a part. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to a secondary-aged audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of the pedagogical strategy. Entries into this category must be apps created for either Android or iOS devices, and must be made available for our judges to access through Google Play or the iTunes Store.

Best Educational App (Tertiary/General)

This category is for apps that have been specifically produced for educational use at the tertiary level, or to address a training or information need outside the requirements of educational institutions. If aimed at the tertiary level, submissions must include information about the curriculum into which the app fits and related assessment tasks, as well as the pedagogical strategy of which the app is a part. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to a tertiary-level audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of the pedagogical strategy. Alternatively, the app may be aimed at employees of a specific organisation or groups of people in specific industries or cohorts that require new knowledge. These submissions must include information about the context in which the app will be used, its aims and the outcomes to which it contributes. Judges will be assessing best training practice, methodology, suitability to the listed audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of delivery and content. Entries into this category must be apps created for either Android or iOS devices, and must be made available for our judges to access through Google Play or the iTunes Store.

Best Educational Ebook (Primary)

This category is for ebooks that have been specifically produced for educational use by primary-aged students (5–12 years old). Submissions must include information about the curriculum into which the ebook fits and related assessment tasks, as well as the pedagogical strategy of which the ebook is a part. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to a primary-aged audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of the pedagogical strategy. Entries into this category must be either EPUBs created for Android devices or iBooks created for iOS devices, and must be made available for our judges to access through Google Play or the iTunes Store.

Best Educational Ebook (Secondary)

This category is for ebooks that have been specifically produced for educational use by secondary-aged students (12–18 years old). Submissions must include information about the curriculum into which the ebook fits and related assessment tasks, as well as the pedagogical strategy of which the ebook is a part. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to a secondary-aged audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of the pedagogical strategy. Entries into this category must be either EPUBs created for Android devices or iBooks created for iOS devices, and must be made available for our judges to access through Google Play or the iTunes Store.

Best Educational Ebook (Tertiary/General)

This category is for ebooks that have been specifically produced for educational use at the tertiary level, or to address a training or information need outside the requirements of educational institutions. If aimed at the tertiary level, submissions must include information about the curriculum into which the ebook fits and related assessment tasks, as well as the pedagogical strategy of which the ebook is a part. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to a tertiary-level audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of the pedagogical strategy. Alternatively, the ebook may be aimed at employees of a specific organisation or groups of people in specific industries or cohorts that require new knowledge. These submissions must include information about the context in which the ebook will be used, its aims and the outcomes to which it contributes. Judges will be assessing best training practice, methodology, suitability to the listed audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of delivery and content. Entries into this category must be either EPUBs created for Android devices or iBooks created for iOS devices, and must be made available for our judges to access through Google Play or the iTunes Store.

Best Educational Game

This category is for games for desktop computers (Windows and/or Mac), as well as those that can be played through a web browser. Entries can be targeted at any age group, but their primary purpose must be educational. If students are the intended audience for the game, submissions must include information about the curriculum into which the game fits and related assessment tasks, as well as the pedagogical strategy of which the game is a part. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to a primary and/or secondary-aged audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of the pedagogical strategy. For games aimed at employees of a specific organisation or groups of people in specific industries or cohorts that require new knowledge, submissions must include information about the context in which the game will be used, its aims and the outcomes to which it contributes. Judges will be assessing best training practice, methodology, suitability to the listed audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of delivery and content. Entries to this category must either be submitted as a URL (for a browser-based game) or uploaded as a single, self-contained ZIP file (containing an executable game file and, optionally, any other required files).

Best Educational/Training Video or Website (Primary/Secondary)

This category is for resources that have been specifically produced for educational use by primary and/or secondary–aged students. Submissions must include information about the curriculum into which the production fits and related assessment tasks, as well as the pedagogical strategy of which the production is a part. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to a primary and/or secondary-aged audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of the pedagogical strategy. These entries may be television programs, films, websites or a convergence of the above.

Best Instructional/Training Video or Website (Tertiary/General)

This category is for resources that have been specifically produced for educational use at the tertiary level, or to address a training or information need outside the requirements of educational institutions. If aimed at the tertiary level, submissions must include information about the curriculum into which the production fits and related assessment tasks, as well as the pedagogical strategy of which the production is a part. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to a tertiary-level audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of the pedagogical strategy. Alternatively, the production may be aimed at employees of a specific organisation or groups of people in specific industries or cohorts that require new knowledge. These submissions must include information about the context in which the production will be used, its aims and the outcomes to which it contributes. Judges will be assessing best training practice, methodology, suitability to the listed audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of delivery and content. These entries may be television programs, films, websites or a convergence of the above.

Best Indigenous Video or Website

This category is for resources that have a specific educational use and have been made either by or for members of the Australian and/or New Zealand Indigenous communities. These resources may be aimed at students, employees of a specific organisation or groups of people in specific industries or cohorts that require new knowledge. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to the listed audience, accessibility, and appropriateness of delivery and content. These entries may be television programs, films, websites or a convergence of the above.

Best Animation

This category is an open category that covers all strands and disciplines of animation, claymation, digital animation, line animation, etc. These productions can cover all genres (fiction, documentary) but need to be fully animated for at least 90 per cent of their screen time and should not be longer than 30 minutes. Entries which have live action included in any more than 10 per cent of their screen time should be submitted to another appropriate category. Animated series should not be entered into this category.

Best Experimental

Open to any filmmaker who considers that they have made a film that distinguishes itself via its experimental nature. Any film submitted to the experimental category should have a one-paragraph explanation supplied to explain how it distinguishes itself as an experimental film. A film can be deemed experimental at all levels of the filmmaking process – development, production and/or post-production – as long as the explanation is a realistic and acceptable version of what is evident in the submitted film. It should be up to the filmmaker to decide if their film is ‘experimental’ enough to enter this category. It is open to all genres and types of filmmaking (fiction, animation, documentary, music video, multimedia) but generally speaking, at some level of the filmmaking process there could be certain rules or conventions being broken, an innovative blending of techniques or genres or the implementation of new technologies that deem the film ‘experimental’.

Best Music Video

Best Music Video is an open category which should display a creative synergy between the designated music track / piece and the supportive video footage accompanying the track. The submission must be accompanied by written authorisation from the copyright holder of the recording of the music. Should copyright authorisation not be provided with the submission, the production will automatically be ineligible for judging and payment will not be refunded.

Best Screen Commercial

Best Screen Commercial is an open category for short, screen-based productions created with the purpose of advertising. The best entries are also likely to educate and/or entertain. While many productions entered into this category will be 30 seconds in duration, all must be between 15 and 90 seconds.

Best Web Series

This category is for factual or fictional screen-based series that are primarily distributed online. If the series has been made available for viewing on television (whether free-to-air or a subscription-based channel) or an equivalent streaming video-on-demand service (e.g. Netflix, Stan), it should not be entered into this category. The entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Children’s Television Program

This category is for factual or fictional television programs targeted at children (under 18) for the purposes of education, entertainment or a combination of the two. These programs may be series or standalone productions. The program MUST have been created for viewing on television (whether free-to-air or a subscription-based channel) or an equivalent streaming video-on-demand service (e.g. Netflix, Stan). If the program is also viewable in an alternate environment (for instance, on the web or via a mobile app), it does not preclude it from entry to this category. Where a series is entered, the entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Comedy Television Series

This is an open category for television series whose primary genre is ‘Comedy’. The program MUST have been created for viewing on television (whether free-to-air or a subscription-based channel) or an equivalent streaming video-on-demand service (e.g. Netflix, Stan). If the program is also viewable in an alternate environment (for instance, on the web or via a mobile app), it does not preclude it from entry to this category. The entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Drama Television Series

This is an open category for television series whose primary genre is ‘Drama’. The program MUST have been created for viewing on television (whether free-to-air or a subscription-based channel) or an equivalent streaming video-on-demand service (e.g. Netflix, Stan). If the program is also viewable in an alternate environment (for instance, on the web or via a mobile app), it does not preclude it from entry to this category. The entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Short Fiction (50 minutes or less)

This is an open category that encompasses live-action productions (of all fictional genres) and may also include animations. These films should be considered accomplished productions in terms of the resonance of the story, explorations of themes and technical expertise. ‘Mockumentaries’ and experimental productions would be suitable for submission under this category. While many productions entered into this category will be around the 10-minute mark, all must be no more than 50 minutes in duration.

Best Fiction Telemovie or Miniseries

This is an open category that encompasses live-action productions (of all fictional genres including ‘Mockumentary’) and may also include animations. The program MUST have been created for viewing on television (whether free-to-air or a subscription-based channel) or an equivalent streaming video-on-demand service (e.g. Netflix, Stan). Typically a miniseries would feature 2–3 episodes of approximately 50–120 minutes each, but we will allow miniseries of up to 6 episodes to be entered into this category (as well as single-episode telemovies). Where a miniseries of more than two episodes is entered, the entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Fiction Feature Film

This is an open category that encompasses live-action productions (of all fictional genres including ‘Mockumentary’) and may also include animations. Feature films must have a running time of more than 50 minutes and should be considered accomplished productions in terms of the resonance of the story, explorations of themes and technical expertise.

Best Docudrama

This category is open to all entrants, and is for documentaries where the primary strategy for telling the story is to recreate/reconstruct history or events. The re-enactment is based on the established facts of history or events, with dramatic license only taken on minor aspects to enhance the drama. There is no time limit on entries into this category, and series are eligible for entry – if a series is entered, the entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Factual Television Series

This is an open category for factual television series of all types. The program MUST have been created for viewing on television (whether free-to-air or a subscription-based channel) or an equivalent streaming video-on-demand service (e.g. Netflix, Stan). If the program is also viewable in an alternate environment (for instance, on the web or via a mobile app), it does not preclude it from entry to this category. The entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Documentary – Arts

This category is open to all entrants, and there is no time limit on entries. Documentaries in this category must deal with the making of artwork including visual arts, music, film, architecture, literature or new media. Examples of entries that fall under this category include biographies of artists, histories of art or documentaries following the creation of a work by an artist of group of artists. Documentary television series are eligible for entry into this category – if a series is entered, the entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Documentary – Biography

This category is open to all entrants, and there is no time limit on entries. The subject matter does not have to be local. A biographical documentary is usually an account of the life of one person. Documentary television series are eligible for entry into this category – if a series is entered, the entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Documentary – History

This category is open to all entrants, and there is no time limit on entries. Documentaries in this category must deal with historical characters, events or issues. The subject matter does not have to be local. Documentary television series are eligible for entry into this category – if a series is entered, the entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Documentary – Science, Technology & the Environment

This category is open to all entrants, and there is no time limit on entries. Documentaries in this category must deal with science, technology and/or the environment. Examples of entries that fall under this category are the impact one person or group has had in this area or research findings, etc. The subject matter does not have to be local. Documentary television series are eligible for entry into this category – if a series is entered, the entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Documentary – Social & Political Issues

This category is open to all entrants, and there is no time limit on entries. Documentaries in this category must deal with current social and/or political issues. The subject matter does not have to be local. Documentary television series are eligible for entry into this category – if a series is entered, the entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

Best Documentary – Short Form (30 minutes or less)

Open to all entrants, this category includes all types of documentaries, including experimental, as long as they are no more than 30 minutes in duration. Documentary series where each episode is under 30 minutes should be entered into the Best Factual Television Series or Best Web Series category, where they will be judged as a unified product.

Best Documentary – General

This category is open to all entrants. Documentaries in this category may fall under any description, and there is no time limit on entries. Experimental and other types of documentaries that don’t fit into the specific documentary categories on offer are eligible for entry into this category. Documentary television series are also eligible – if a series is entered, the entrant should select and upload two (2) key episodes for the judges to view.

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