Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

The ASTRA Awards are back in 2011 to be held at the acclaimed Sydney Theatre in Walsh Bay. With finalists announced yesterday, the ASTRA Awards are delighted to reveal that Rove McManus will fly home to participate in the event and David Speers of SKY NEWS will return to the ceremony that he hosted last year.

Rove will take to the stage to present an award at the ninth annual event that honours and celebrates the best of subscription television. One of Australia’s top television personalities, Rove will return to Australian screens in September with his new FOX8 show, ROVE LA.

“As a new recruit to the world of subscription television this has a first day of school feel to it, although my first day of school didn’t have canapés and if it did I wouldn’t have left,” says Rove from Los Angeles.

David Speers is one of the busiest political journalists in Australia and last year walked off stage with a standing ovation for his great performance as host of the ASTRA Awards. As SKY NEWS Political Editor he hosts “Agenda” each weekday and regularly interviews the nation’s top politicians. At this year’s ASTRA Awards, Speers will return to the stage in front of the subscription television industry to present ‘A Year in Review’ during the theatre-style ceremony. The reel will feature breaking news headlines that have captured our attention in the past year.

“We’ve experienced some of the biggest stories over the past year; capturing the triumph and tragedy, awe and excitement, and providing viewers with a view and perspective on our ever changing world. I’m excited to present a snapshot in time at the ASTRA Awards ceremony,” says David Speers.

The 9th Annual ASTRA Awards will take place on Thursday 21st July at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay. The theatre style ceremony will showcase the talent, production and best programming categories of subscription television.

About ASTRA  

ASTRA is the peak industry body for subscription television in Australia. The subscription TV industry is the undisputed market leader of digital broadcasting with 200 channels (including HD and Plus2) broadcast on the FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS subscription TV platforms received by 34% of Australians through their homes and over a million more through hotels, clubs and other entertainment and business venues.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is delighted to announce it has won two international awards recognising achievement in online development at the 2011 Best of the Web Awards in Philadelphia, United States.

Held on Friday 8 April as part of the annual three-day Museums and the Web Conference, the awards recognise the online work produced by international museums.

ACMI’s Generator project took out the Best Education Website category as well as winning Best Overall Website.

ACMI’s Head of Media Technology, Michael Parry, was in Philadelphia for the conference and accepted the award on ACMI’s behalf.

Generator is a dynamic online space which is designed as a virtual creative studio and resource website for students and teachers to explore, share and create moving image works. Categorised by education themes that are aligned with curriculum requirements, Generator features a diverse range of screen content and resources in a safe, moderated environment.

Through Generator, users can learn about creative practice from Australia’s internationally recognised screen talent in ‘Learn From the Makers’, and browse moving image work by students, industry professionals, and the public in the ‘Video Gallery’. Generator’s ‘Production Resources’ section provides information on production processes and includes the ‘Storyboard Generator’, an interactive tool that demonstrates storyboarding concepts and allows students to create their own. Users can also use and contribute to a free, extensive media library of creative commons licensed video, image and sound files.

Part of the Victorian Government’s FUSE initiative, Generator was developed following a significant grant from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) who supported ACMI’s mission to provide free locations for Web 2.0 engagement and education for students, teachers and the broader online community. The website and interactive officially launched in September 2010.

Supporting Generator is the ACMI Educators Lounge a collaborative online space where teachers can explore the theory and practice of digital technologies and the ways in which they intersect with existing and emergent classroom practice.

Sara Cousins, ACMI’s Digital Producer bringing the initiative to life, is very happy with the early recognition for the project launched only seven months ago.

“These awards recognise the importance of investing in online education, particularly online screen literacy initiatives and making them as accessible as possible,” said Sara. “While the creation of media is ubiquitous amongst young people, the principles of storytelling are often lost in the rush to upload the latest video and share with peers. A well constructed story will stand miles apart from the hundreds of thousands of videos uploaded daily to YouTube.”

ACMI’s Generator is free and safe to access. Explore Generator here.

Educators can sign up to the ACMI Educators Lounge here

See full list of 2011 MW Award Winners here

International audiences continue to lap up the new Australian film Red Dog with the home-grown tale winning the Audience Award at the 2011 Vail Film Festival and playing to standing ovations at the Dallas Film Festival.

The movie’s star Josh Lucas also received the Vanguard Award at the festival held in Colorado for his body of work. Starring Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Koko the dog, and an ensemble cast featuring Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Luke Ford and Keisha Castle-Hughes, Red Dog is the story of a charismatic kelpie who roamed the West Australian outback in the 1970s, hitching rides, adopting people and uniting communities along the way.

Directed by Kriv Stenders (Lucky Country) and produced by Nelson Woss (Ned Kelly) and Julie Ryan (Ten Canoes), Red Dog was filmed in South Australia and the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. The script was adapted by Daniel Taplitz (Chaos Theory) from the novel Red Dog by award-winning author Louis De Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).

Managing Director of Roadshow Films, Joel Pearlman said: “Red Dog had its world premiere at Berlin, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, and is continuing to be enjoyed by audiences internationally. We can’t wait to bring Red Dog to Australian audiences later this year.”

Red Dog is scheduled to be released in Australia on August 11.

Last Saturday 26th March the WWF Earth Hour Awards were held at the Australian Contemporary Museum in Circular Quay, Sydney.

During the night the guests enjoyed a great variety of  finger food, organic beers, very refreshing cucumber cocktails and open bar with an excellent performance of Australian Idol winner Wes Carr.

Afterward, the audience came together to listen the most inspiring stories of Australians who are “Going Beyond the Hour” for the planet. The ceremony was hosted by television personality and Earth Hour Ambassador Jamie Durie joined by ex-minister Peter Garret and other personalities.

Here are the winners of the WWF Earth Awards 2011:

The Young Panda Award: Hanan Hassan & Julia Lin, PLC Junior School (Pymble, NSW)

The Workplace Champion Awards: Benjamin Grimshaw, Hilton Hotel (Sydney, NSW)

The Futuremakers Award: Lloyd Linson-Smith, Inventor (Oakey, QLD)

The Lifetime Achievement Award: Burr Dodd & Lolo Houbein, Trees For Life (Brooklyn Park, SA)

The Education Award: Cate Lawrence, Green Renters (Brunswick, VIC)

The People’s Choice Award: Catherine Lee, The Point Preschool (Oyster Bay, NSW)

After the ceremony, Axle Whitehead performed on the stage and as the Earth Hour was approaching the guests were invited outside the  venue to enjoy ice-creams and to be part of the Earth Hour. At 20:30pm sharp the Opera House and Harbour Bridge switch off their lights and the celebration began with sparkling candles and the gorgeous performance of the Hula Hoop Group.

A great night to be remembered and a great way to support this amazing cause of environmental awareness. Congratulations to all the winners!

Enjoy some photos of the venue below

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Members of the public are being invited to attend the first ever WWF Earth Hour Awards on Saturday 26 March 2011. The exclusive VIP event will take place in the Foundation Hall at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA), Sydney from 6 – 9:30pm.

Hosted by TV personality and Earth Hour Ambassador, Jamie Durie, this inspiring evening will celebrate Australians who are going beyond the hour and making a difference to our planet.

“Earth Hour is a great celebration of the efforts people everywhere are making to live sustainably. We look forward to sharing Australia’s most inspiring ideas from the WWF Earth Hour Awards,” said WWF-Australia Chief Executive Dermot O’Gorman.

Entertainment will be provided by top Australian performers Axle Whitehead and Wes Carr. Guests can also enjoy exquisite cocktails and selection of canapés, which will also be served throughout the evening.

Just before the lights are switched off at 8:30pm, guests will be escorted outside the MCA to First Fleet Park to observe Sydney’s most iconic buildings, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, as they go dark for Earth Hour.

Don’t miss the chance to assist to this VIP event, meet local celebrities and support this amazing cause of environmental awareness.

Tickets are just $60 and can be purchased from



Australia’s best ideas for living more sustainably will be on show from today, with finalists in WWF’s first ever Earth Hour Awards being announced.

The finalists, across 5 different categories (Young Panda, Education, Workplace Champion, Futuremaker and Lifetime Achievement), come from all age groups and all over Australia.

“WWF had more than 130 entries for the Earth Hour Awards, and these finalists represent the most inspiring stories of people going beyond the hour,” said WWF-Australia Chief Executive Dermot O’Gorman.

“Whether it is children standing up for the protection of our planet; groups making our cities more sustainable; or older Australians passing on their wisdom – the WWF Earth Hour Awards is a showcase of the changes we can all make to reduce our environmental footprint.”

The WWF Earth Hour Award Finalists are:

The Young Panda Award
Dena Mouton – Pymble, NSW; Immie and Freya Wadlow – Castle Hill, NSW; Anna Bartos – Canberra, ACT; Liam Dempsey – Highton, VIC

The Workplace Champion Award
Clarke Vincent – Fortitude Valley, QLD; Nick Trikilis – Huntingfield, TAS; Sarah Mandelson – Marrickville, NSW; Benjamin Grimshaw – Sydney, NSW

The Futuremakers Award
Lloyd Linson-Smith – Oakley, QLD; Urban Bush Carpenters (UBC) – Carlton, VIC; Matthew Wright – Melbourne, VIC; Ravi Prasad – Sydney, NSW.

The Lifetime Achievement Award
Allison Walker, Mansfield, VIC; Trees For Life – Burr Dodd and Lolo Houbein, SA; Peppermint Magazine – Kelley Sheenan, Brisbane, QLD

The Education Award
Coralie McAlister, Majura Primary School – Canberra, ACT; Diana Patchett – Moreton Bay Boys College, Manly, QLD; Cate Lawrence – Brunswick, VIC; Catherine Lee – Oyster Bay, NSW

Australians can see the finalists and read their stories at

Voting in the People’s Choice Award also opens today. Visitors to the website can vote for the story they find most inspiring. By voting visitors also go into the running to win one of three solar hot water heaters from Solahart, including installation, valued at up to $6,000.

The winners of each category, as well as the People’s Choice Award, will be announced in Sydney at WWF’s Earth Hour celebration on 26 March.

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”


  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen