3 August 2010

Psychopaths and Kevin Bacon among SCINEMA winners

Cosmos Online
Australian filmmakers have had a successful year at the 2010 SCINEMA Festival of Science Film Competition, taking out the top awards ahead of 400 entrants from 35 countries.

Two of Australia's youngest science film-makers, Rory Young and Kayna Fichadia, with their kaleidoscope trophies. Credit: SCINEMA

SYDNEY: Australian filmmakers have had a successful year at the 2010 SCINEMA Festival of Science Film Competition, taking out the top awards ahead of 400 entrants from 35 countries.

Whether they are immersing themselves in the twisted thought processes of psychopaths or teenagers, or testing urban myths driven by Kevin Bacon, the Australian entrants exemplified the competition’s aim to combine science and art through film.

“We waded through 500 international entries for the festival this year, and it was obvious that Australian science and documentary filmmaking is world-leading stuff,” Kennedy said.

Best Director for I, Psychopath

Sydney film-maker, Ian Walker, won Best Director for his documentary I, Psychopath, which follows Sam Vaknin, a suspected psychopath who fears he was born without a conscience.

Between a slew of rigorous psychological tests and neuroscientific experiments, Vaknin is unable to keep his terrifying tendencies under wraps, and the result is a powerful, disturbing film.

Sydney production company Essential Media chose a more stable muse with actor, Kevin Bacon, and won Best Film for How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer.

Small world vs ‘six degrees of Kevin Bacon’

A group of physicists test the ‘small world phenomenon’ against the Internet sensation ‘Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon’ to find out where we fit in the Universe.

Australian-made series, Whatever! The Science of Teens, took out Best Television series, SCINEMA judge, Amanda Tyndall calling it, “An intelligent, factual series that is driven by its characters, affording each the time to tell their story and to connect with the viewer.”

The winning films due to be shown at 300 venues during National Science Week, August 14-22.

Produced by the CSIRO with support from partners COSMOS Magazine and The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), and funding from The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, today’s SCINEMA Awards ceremony brought together some of the world’s best science film-makers.

Full list of 2010 SCINEMA winners:

• Best Film 2010 – How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer (NSW)
Producers: Aline Jacques and Chris Hilton for Essential Media. Director: Annamaria Talas.

• Best Director 2010 – I, Psychopath (NSW)
Producer: Sally Regan for Magic Real Picture Company. Director: Ian Walker.

• Best Television Series 2010 – Whatever! The Science of Teens (NSW)
Producer: Ian Collie for Essential Media. Directors: Leo Faber, Daniella Ortega and Anne Delaney.

• Best Short Film 2010 – Nano You (UK/Spain)
Produced and Directed by Tom Mustill for Neon Otter, UK.

• Best Experimental/Animation – An Eyeful of Sound (Canada/Netherlands/UK)
Producer: Joshka Wessels for Sapiens Productions. Director: Samantha Moore

• Best Student Film (Tertiary) – The Mars Bar Challenge (ACT) Claire Farrugia.

• Best Student Film (Secondary) – Biodiversity (VIC) Rory Young.

• Best Student Film (Primary) – Animal Diversity in Bondi (NSW) Kayna Fichadia.

• Award for Scientific Merit – Do You Know What Time It Is? (UK)
Producer and Director: Paul Olding for the BBC.

• Award for Technical Merit – Breu (Portugal)
Producer: Frederico Siera for Take It Easy Films. Director: Jeronimo Rocha.

• Director’s Choice – Honeybee Blues (Australia)
Producer: Susan MacKinnon for Shark Island Productions. Director: Stefan Moore.


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