On Thursday in Melbourne, filmmakers, media producers and educators from across the country gathered together for the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Tertiary and Industry Awards, where we are excited to announce NEOMAD took out Best Game/Multimedia Production!
Benjamin Ducroz, the Yijala Yala Project’s filmmaker, accepted the Award on behalf of Big hART and the Roebourne kids. One of the Love Punks, Max Coppin (AKA Supa Maxie) had sent through a message earlier in the day, in the hope that NEOMAD would win:
“I’d like to thank the people who chose NEOMAD to win the ATOM Award and I would like to thank Deb and Ben for their effort in putting the NEOMAD app into the competition. I would like to thank Wah for all his hard effort bringing all the kids in after school to colour in the comic and showing us all the tools for a quick way to colour it in. I would like to thank Stu for drawing all the people that were in the comic and thank you to the kids for doing all their hard effort for Big hART.”
NEOMAD has been presented at several Australian conferences, featured in the Bucheon International Comic Festival in South Korea in 2012, and was a finalist in the New Media Awards in Los Angeles in June 2013, but this is the first Australian award it has won, and it is a huge honour to have been recognised by members of the Australian Teachers of Media for film and media excellence in the education and screen industry sectors. There were more than 600 entries from Australian and New Zealand media producers in 29 categories, and NEOMAD had some strong competition in its category. Thanks ATOM and congratulations to all the other finalists and award winners. See the full list of award recipients HERE.