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2012 winners media release

2012 SCINEMA Film Awards announced

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 Film, 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 5 minute film about sustainable energy. Sophia Clipperton, Mikah Bokelund & Sebastian Gardiner 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,
   Mikah Bokelund & Sebastian Gardiner, 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.

More information: www.scinema.com.au
Media enquiries: Cris Kennedy Festival Director 02 6246 4602 cris.kennedy@csiro.au

List of 2012 winners

The SCINEMA Jury congratulates our 2012 winners:

Best Film - INTO THE GYRE (USA)
Director: Scott Elliot
Producer: Scott Elliot
Our Jury said: Fantastically made and well told. Coherent filmmakering.

Best Director - OUT OF OUR MINDS (USA)
Director: Director Kate Webbink
Our Jury said: An interesting blend of philosophy and science told through a personal journey of the disconnect that exists in the sciences. A compelling way to talk about the cognitive sciences.

Best Animation - CENTERFOLD (UK)
Director: Ellie Land
Producer: Siobhan Fenton
Our Jury said: Voices construct and the tale but the animation tells the story in a beautiful way, making some difficult subject matter a wonderful film.

Best Experimental Film - COFFEE RING EFFECT (USA)
Director & Producer: Kurtis Sensenig
Our Jury said: A science paper distilled into a one-minute film, managing to be abstract and surrealist. 

Best Short Film - REFLECTOR (USA)
Director: Dave Hill
Our Jury said: A thoroughly enjoyable journey of young scientists with an obsession for the stars.

Award for Technical Merit - ROBOT QUADRATORS PERFORM THE JAMES BOND THEME (USA)
Director: Kurtis Sensenig
Our Jury said: What a geek-out! We love this film.

Award for Scientific Merit - THE POLAR EXPLORER (Canada)
Director: Mark Terry
Our Jury said: Brilliant and interesting to watch. We were mesmerised with the imagery as well as the power of the message.

Best Television Series - AUSTRALIA: A TIME-TRAVELLERS GUIDE (Australia)
Director: Richard Smith
Executive Producer: Chris Hilton for Essential Media and Entertainment
Our Jury said: Rarely is learning so entertaining. We learned things we never knew about our own country.

BEST STUDENT FILM - A DUMMIES GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (Sophie Clipperton, Micah Bokelund, Sebastian Gardiner - Kalgoorlie WA)
2nd Prize Student Film - YOU’VE GOT THE POWER (Zoe Kelly & Jessie De Been, Kalgoorlie WA)
Highly Commended Student Film - REUSABLE RENEWABLE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ROBOTS (Yusuf & Sudenaz Kiran, Preston NSW)

With many thanks to our 2012 finalists

About our 2012 Jury

The 2012 SCINEMA Jury convened at The Edge at The State Library of QLD on Saturday 7 July. Our Jury came from a range of disciplines and brought an interesting and lively debate to this year's selection of films. Our Jury 2012 included: Wilson Da Silva (Cosmos Magazine), Jan Grew (Gold Coast City Council), Brooke Harris-Reeves (Griffith University), Nathaniel Cooper (Courier Mail), Ben Lewis (RiAus), Jayne Keen (Inspiring Australia), Matthew Fallon (Director, The Edge), David Keane (QLD College of the Arts), AnneMarie White (SCINEMA Business Manager), Damian Harris (CSIRO, SCINEMA Technical Director), Cris Kennedy (CSIRO, SCINEMA Director), Natalie Darby (SCINEMA venues and films coordinator)


The SCINEMA Jury convene at The Edge at The State Library of QLD

About SCINEMA 2012

SCINEMA will screen across Australia from August 12 to 20, 2012, to celebrate National Science Week.  With 2012 being the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, expect a program exploring the things that make our engines turn.

Become a SCINEMA partner venue - SCINEMA is offered free to schools, libraries, art galleries and museums. Grab a copy of our venue application form.

How can I become a part of SCINEMA?

SCINEMA would love to hear from people wishing to volunteer their time to promote our festival. We need people in each of our venue cities to hand out flyers and assist with media enquiries. Contact us for more information.

GOLDFIELD KIDS WIN TRIP TO ENERGY CENTRE for TOP SCIENCE FILM


Students from the small Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community School in Western Australia took home the top prizes in the student section of the SCINEMA International Festival of Science Film, announced two weeks ago.

SCIENEMA is 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 in CSIRO as a way of forging links between the sciences and creative industries and boosting public literacy in science.

The Festival’s student short film category asked Australian students to produce a 5 minute film about sustainable energy. Year 5 students, Sophia Clipperton, Micah Bokelund and Sebastian Gardiner won Best Student Film with A Dummies Guide to the Galaxy, while fellow classmates Zoe Kelly and Jessie De Been scored second place with their film You’ve got the Power.

Their first prize is a trip to the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle, the state-of-the-art research facility specialising in renewable energy. Teacher and mentor Suzanna Webber says, “the students are very excited about making the trip across Australia and seeing the research into sustainable energy first hand.” However this win has also given Ms Webber an unexpected additional award.

“By supporting your initiative, it has earned me the Excellence in Education Award in the Goldfields in recognition of the achievements of the students in the SCINEMA short film competition,” says Ms Webber.

“Not only have I benefitted from this experience, but it has definitely increased the students’ scientific knowledge and it has provided many learning opportunities for them to explore the sciences through the use of multimedia. So a great big thank you on my behalf as well as the students,” she adds.

The winners of all categories in the 2012 SCIENEMA International Festival of Science film will be shown in over 400 venues throughout Australia during Science week from 13th to 21st August.

For further information: www.scinema.com.au

 

 

Past winners

20 March 2009 - Kristian Lang, winner of our 2008 Festival, was the subject of an ABC TV Catalyst episode. Check out Kristian trooping the SCINEMA colours and wearing our 2008 T-Shirt. Congratulations Kristian. Watch the Catalyst episode.

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History

Over a decade of delivering science film to over 1400 venues across the nation.

Who runs Scinema

Scinema  is a partnership between Australia's CSIRO, Ri Aus, and Cosmos Magazine.

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Conceived as a way to forge new links between the sciences and the arts, SCINEMA has explored ways to enhance communication to raise public and stakeholder excitement and trust in science through the medium of film, while also celebrating the scientific advances in film technology itself. Inaugurated in 2000, SCINEMA opened as an internationally competitive festival playing in Canberra only, at the Center Cinema, to a paying audience. It was well attended, with sell-outs and repeat performances of its key event ‘Sexy Skivvy Science’ featuring Dean and Rob from the 1970s & 80s children’s television series The Curiosity Show talking about clips from the series and performing some of their more fun experiments (and, of course, wearing their trademark skivvies).

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In 2002 and 2003, a scaled-down version of SCINEMA ran over a week at the National Museum of Australia, playing a curated program of Australian and international science documentary film to full houses. In 2004, with a grant from the Commonwealth Government to grow the scope of the festival, SCINEMA played in 45 venues around Australia, before an audience of 4,500. Wanting to involve a school-aged audience in the excitement of film-making and science communication, we began the SCINEMA Student Short Science Film Competition with our 2004 festival, uncovering some truly inspired works from Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions around Australia.

As word of SCINEMA spread, we found more venues wanting to take part, and our 2005 Festival played to audience figures of almost 10,000 at nearly 80 venues, with major new partners including the Museums of South Australia, Queensland


and Melbourne, and new regional centres including Port Lincoln and Wagga Wagga. In 2006, we returned to our internationally competition, screening over two weeks at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, as well as playing our Travelling Film Festival in 100+ venues across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, adding locations across India in 2008. 2008 also saw a second tour from International multimedia artist Peter McLeish. From 2007 to 2011, SCINEMA has continued to grow a little each year, with 400+ venues taking part in 2012.

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