The Media Resource Centre (MRC) is calling for entries for South Australia’s premier screen awards – the 2011 South Australian Screen Awards (SASAs).
Established in 1999, the SASAs exhibit, celebrate, support and promote South Australian talent through the presentation of 19 awards encompassing short film, feature film and emerging local talent. In the lead-up to the Gala Awards Night (13 May 2011) there are several ‘Best Of’ Screenings and the winning films are released on a special compilation DVD.
Over the last decade the event has grown in stature within the local film industry. The 2010 SASAs saw record attendances and several sell-out screening sessions. In order to ensure this successful event the profile it deserves, the MRC has decided to shift its date to mid-May, removing it from Adelaide’s cluttered March program.
Each award brings with it a cash and/or in-kind prize and this year the spoils of victory are more lucrative than ever. The South Australian Film Corporation is contributing a cash prize of $3,000 for the Best Short Film.
The CEO of the SAFC, Richard Harris, said:
“The South Australian Screen Awards form an important part of the local screen cultural calendar and are crucial in celebrating outstanding filmmaking talent in South Australia. The South Australian Film Corporation is pleased to continue its support by providing a $3,000 cash prize for the Best Short Film.”
The winner of The Mercury Cinema Award for Best Feature Film will receive three screening sessions of the film at the Mercury Cinema with free venue hire and staff plus 100% of the Box Office takings (valued at over $2,000 plus Box Office income).
“Our filmmakers work so hard to realise their vision on the screen and we love acknowledging and rewarding their work at the SASAs,” said Gail Kovatseff, Director of the MRC.
This year’s event contains two new short film categories – Best Comedy and Best Music Video.
Entry forms and guidelines for the 2011 SA Screen Awards can be downloaded from the Media Resource Centre’s website: http://www.mrc.org.au. Forms are also available at the Media Resource Centre and Mercury Cinema (13 Morphett Street, Adelaide)
The entry deadline for the short film categories is 5pm Friday 11 February 2011.
The entry deadline for the feature film category is 5pm Wednesday 9 March 2011.
2010 South Australian Screen Awards – categories:
- Best Feature Film
Short Film – Genre Categories
- Best Film
- Best Drama
- Best Comedy
- Best Animation
- Best Documentary
- Innovation in Digital Media – rewards excellence and innovation in interactive DVD, interactive on-line, cross platform, and portable screen projects. Games are excluded.
- Best Music Video
- Best Non-narrative (eg. experimental, dance)
Short Film – Craft Categories
- Best Cinematography
- Best Composition
- Best Direction
- Best Editing
- Best Performance
- Best Production Design
- Best Screenplay
- Best Sound Design
Early Career Categories
Emerging Young Filmmaker Award – recognising the best achievement in a creative or technical role by a screen practitioner who is 26 or under as of February 11, 2011.
Emerging Producer – recognising outstanding potential by a practitioner who has not yet produced a feature length work or a commercial work for television of one hour or more.
The Mercury Cinema and Media Resource Centre (MRC) are located in the Lion Arts Centre at 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide. Tickets for all events at the Mercury may be purchased in advance by telephoning the MRC on Ph: 08 8410 0979 or purchased in person from the MRC offices.