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Sydney filmmakers took the top awards in the 2010 SCINEMA Festival of Science Film Competition.  Sydney filmmaker, Ian Walker, won Best Director for his documentary I, Psychopath, and Sydney production company Essential Media won Best Film for How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer and Best Television Series for Whatever! The Science of Teens, shown on the local Australian ABC.

Kayna Fichadia, a year two student at Epping North Primary School, was awarded best Primary Student film for her five minute film, Animal Diversity in Bondi.

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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