Since 1982, the ATOM Awards have been celebrating the best of Australian and New Zealand screen content from the education sector and screen industry professionals.

They are the second-longest-running film and media awards in Australia, behind the AFI/AACTA Awards. This year’s ATOM Awards promise to be especially exciting, as we are celebrating our thirty-fifth anniversary!

We welcome back naming sponsor SAE for the second year running. With fifty-three campuses in twenty-seven countries, SAE has been setting the global benchmark for creative media education since 1976. We look forward to continuing our enjoyable and rewarding partnership with SAE.

The 2017 SAE ATOM Awards feature thirty-three categories covering everything from feature-length films and television programs to animation, short fiction, educational resources, and new media including web series, apps, ebooks and games.

Welcome to the 2017 SAE ATOM Awards – recognising film and media excellence in education and industry.


Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) is an independent, not-for-profit, professional association that has been promoting the study of media and screen literacy for nearly fifty years. The membership of ATOM includes teachers and lecturers from across all subject disciplines at all levels of education, as well as media industry personnel, a range of media and education organisations and, increasingly, the general public interested in the media.

ATOM publishes Metro and Screen Education magazines, study guides and education kits, The Moving Image series of monographs, and distributes these and other resources through The Education Shop. ATOM also produces websites for feature films, documentaries and television programs.

ATOM organises regular screenings of feature films and documentaries for teachers all over Australia via our online booking system. It has also launched The Speakers Bureau – a service that connects presenters and speakers with audiences for talks and workshops in schools, universities and communities throughout Australia – and runs state, national and international conferences for media and education professionals.

Finally, 2017 is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the ATOM Awards, which recognise excellence in the arenas of film, television, animation and new media.


SAE is the world’s leading educator in creative media industries. Established in 1976, SAE now spans the globe with fifty-three campuses in twenty-seven countries.

In Australia, SAE provides courses to more than 2500 students across six campuses in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

They offer government-accredited courses including certificates, diplomas, and bachelor degrees. SAE’s programs cover six specialist discipline streams:

The staff at SAE pride themselves on delivering exceptional programs in world-class facilities. They ensure their students receive an outstanding education, internationally recognised qualifications, and industry-relevant skills.