National Screen Challenge

 

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“Arts Education at its very best.”

A great story can change the way people think about the world around them. Wakakirri is a performing arts festival where schools aim to do just that.

The Wakakirri Screen Challenge allows schools that cannot perform at a Story-Dance Live Event to still take part.  Wakakirri is the Ultimate Performing Arts endeavour for schools proven to develop students’ creative thinking, school and self-pride, teamwork, and life skills.

A traditional Wakakirri Story-Dance is a performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using a combination of dancing and acting to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, acting, music, props, costumes and sets. Incorporate the annual signature item into your story for an extra challenge.

The Wakakirri Screen Challenge is inspired by Story-Dance but allows schools to take their performance to another level by taking it off the stage and onto the screen. Film your Story-Dance in different locations and/or use animation and/or special effects during the editing process to enhance the telling of your story. The end result should look a like a music video clip with a strong storyline.

The best Wakakirri Screen Challenge entries will be reviewed and screened on Wakakirri TV as part of the search for ‘Story of the Year’.

The Wakakirri Screen Challenge is accessible to every school in Australia and has categories for all levels of experience. Every school can enter. Wakakirri encourages schools to minimise their footprint when creating props and costumes for their performance and offers special awards for schools that excel in this area.

Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Performing Arts event for schools, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory. Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances each year.

Important Dates

  • 18th September – Registrations close
  • 16th October – Video upload due
  • 12th November – Results announced
  • 16th November – Feedback & certificates

Judging

  • Entries are divided into 2 divisions (Primary & Secondary).
  • The results of the Story Awards, Story of the Year Nominees, and Story of the Year winners will be announced on 12th November.
  • Entries are submitted to some of our National Panel members who will assess all the submissions. Each entry will receive constructive feedback from a panel member as well as ‘Production and Performance Awards’ that reflect the best aspects of the performance. These are individual and are NOT comparable with other schools. Certificates (Pdfs) will be sent to every school via email on 16th November
  • Wakakirri recognises that there can often be two schools that are creatively equal but different in style, scale and technique. The Creative Diversity Philosophy encourages Wakakirri Panel members to nominate both schools (if appropriate) for a nomination for Story of the Year. This philosophy ensures ‘blockbuster’ and ‘minimalist’ style productions have an equal chance of winning a nomination and promotes creative diversity in Wakakirri schools.

Cost

$30 per entry

Rules

  1. Cost is $30 per entry
  2. Maximum 3 entries per school
  3. Duration per entry is a maximum of 5 minutes including credits.
  4. A traditional Wakakirri Story-Dance is a performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using a combination of dancing and acting to pre-recorded music.
  5. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, acting, music, props, costumes, sets, or film projections. Incorporate the 2020 annual signature item “DRAGON” into the story for an extra challenge. This is not compulsory. Your item will not be judged based on the inclusion of the Signature Item.
  6. Film your Story-Dance in different locations and/or use animation and/or special effects during the editing process to enhance the telling of your story. The end result should look like a music video clip with a strong storyline.
  7. Content must be rated G for Primary and rated G or PG for Secondary
  8. Screen Challenge entries can be creatively edited. It can contain graphics, animation, voiceover/narration that enhances the delivery of the story.  Editing should be done by collaboration between students and teachers at school not by an external source (to be used as a learning opportunity for students).
  9. Wakakirri encourages schools to minimise their environmental footprint when creating props and costumes for their performance.
  10. Anyone filmed from the community or non-student participants must sign a Documentary Release Form to allow their filmed image and its soundtrack (their dialogue) to be used in your film, and thereby used as part of Wakakirri. (Refer to the end of this document to download)

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