Monday, July 28, 2014

Transcending Borders: Launch of UWA Art & Film Challenges with L$1.09 Mil in Prizes

University of Western Australia (UWA) is happy to announce the launch of MachinimUWA VII  and the 5th UWA Grand Art Challenge, with a starting prize pool of L$545,000 each. The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Sponsored by Tom Papas & SciFi Film Festival, LaPiscean Liberty & SL Artist, AviewTV, Arrehn Oberlander and MetaHarpers, Kip Yellowjacket and Virtlantis, Taralyn Gravois and Arts Castle Gallery, TheDoveRhode and Peace is a Choice and S&S Gallery of Fine SL Art, Barbie Alchemi of Creations for Parkinsons, Jon Stubbs & UWA Student Services, as well as The UWA Virtual Worlds Project. The prize pool sits at L$1,090,000 (approx USD 4,200). We hope you are inspired by this to create many wondrous works of art and film as you have been through the years! (Please note the major rule & special prize guidelines as well as the Audience Participation Prizes for watching the machinima. These will be on the UWA Blog & SL Artist)

WHAT: MachinimUWA VI Film Challenge & 5th UWA Grand Art Challenge. You may enter either the art challenge, the film challenge or both.

WHEN: Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014.  Winner will be announced in December 2014

The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilisation or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatogrpher...You decide.

This theme was selected by Professor Ted Snell, Chairman Director of the Cultural Precinct, UWA and who inspired the very first of the UWA art challenges in 2009. This theme is in honour of the 'Transcending Borders' exhibition at UWA's Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in 2014. This exhibition gave visual form to the developing cross-cultural relationship between South Korea and Western Australia using The Berndt Museum's collection of historical objects from Korea as a catalyst for cultural exchanges and collaboration.

Artwork entered should be able to be interpreted by the casual viewer as being representative of the theme. Where the link to the theme is difficult to ascertain, this should be referenced in a notecard accompanying the work.

There is a 150
LI (land impact) limit with a limit of 1 entry per artist.
(Note: This is a change from previous competitions. We are now using only Land Impact limits instead of prim limits. Those who are able to work with the SL physics model may be able to significantly increase their prim use without exceeding the land impact calculation. Techniques are best learned by experimentation.)

Copy/Mod/Transfer permissions are not a requirement, however COPY perms are appreciated.

There is no limit to the number of entries you may choose to send in.

The theme is 'Transcending Borders' and you may interpret this theme as you see fit, however the average viewer would need to be able to appreciate how you fit this theme (alternatively, please indicate in the notes how it fits in the film notes on the web). 

Your machinima must be made specifically for this challenge, and this should be indicated in the opening credits 'For The University of Western Australia's MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders' 

You do not have to film on the UWA sims, however this of course will be appreciated, and there is a Special UWA Prize which will be made available to a film which includes either Winthrop Clock Tower, The Somerville Auditorium or The Sunken Gardens.

4 mins 30 seconds is the strongly recommended maximum length, but this is not a hard rule.
There is a prize pool of L$1.09 Million, with a L$545,000 each for art and machinima and at least 10 prizes in each. For Machinima, there will be a Special UWA Prize for the best machinima that includes Winthrop Clock Tower, The Sunken Gardens or the Sommerville Theatre in the Machinima. There will also be 2 Curators Prizes, one each for art and film. For the Curators machinima prize, this will go to the best film that features one of the artworks from either the current challenge or one of the winning works from previous UWA art challenges. There are also audience participation awards for just watching the machinimas and submitting a top 10 list.

The Reflection Pond Next to Winthrop Clock Tower

The UWA Sunken Gardens

The UWA Somerville Auditorium with its Norfolk Bay Pine Trees

The UWA Centenary 3D Art Challenge Gallery (curated by FreeWee Ling)

UWA Gallery of Selected Former 3D Art Winners (curated by FreeWee Ling)

 *Space constraints don't allow us to display all

For Machinima

Load the Machinima anywhere, preferably youtube or vimeo, and provide the link  to Jayjay Zifanwe & LaPiscean Liberty or email Jayjay (

For Art
Place the artwork in the art entry receiver at the UWA Art Challenge platform (no perms required, but copy is appreciated if possible) along with a completed Artist Notecard (which includes your name, city, name of artwork and description of artwork) . If you have problems with the receiver, give artwork to Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling. Blank NC templates available by touching the challenge notice at the UWA Art Challenge platform.
*All work must be free of copyright issues. If requested, you must provide detailed information regarding the source, creator and background information of your work. If you utilize any 3rd party materials, such as music, textures, or prefabricated parts, you must have obtained permission from the creator(s).

* Films will not be accepted if they include excessively abusive, violent, offensive, bullying, harmful, insulting or inappropriate material, or excessively foul language. Depictions of explicit sexual activity are not appropriate and may be rejected.
* Please acknowledge the works you feature, the lands where you film and any music or content that you use.
* If you need to rez (blue screen etc)
at UWA sims, contact Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling.
* If you have questions or want to discuss anything, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe
*All entries remain the property of the creator, however once entered, you agree to provide UWA, SL Artist & AviewTV non-exclusive, unrestricted, use in perpetuity in the known universe for educational and promotional purposes. 

Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
Lyn DiCiero -  Editor, WA Artist's Chronicle 

Kelly Rowe (RL) - Associate Registrar, Berndt Museum, UWA & Curator of Original Transcending Borders Exhibit at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Len Zuks (RL) - West Australia Artist & Sculpturist
Merle Hearns (RL) / Briarmelle Quintessa (SL) - Senior Lecturer, Foundation Studies Department, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Marylou Goldrosen - Professor, School of Art, Arizona State University
Binu Jayawardena (RL) - Founder, WASTV 
A/Prof Katarina Damjanov (RL) - Communication & Media Studies, School of Social Sciences, UWA
Caine Chennat (RL) - Digital Engagement Coordinator, Cultural Precinct, UWA
C.Steele (RL) / Rasaec (SL) - Lecturer, York University, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Phylis Johnson (RL) - Media Professor, Southern Illinois University, Author - Machinima: The Art and Practice of Virtual Filmmaking (a.k.a, Sonicity Fitzroy, SL Virtual Journalist) 
Dr Helen Farley - Senior Lecturer (Digital Futures), Australian Digital Futures Institute - University of Southern Queensland 
Debora Kaz - Director of Kaz Filmes e Produções 
Lumiere Noir - Creator of the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives
FreeWee Ling (SL) - Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenges
Kip Yellowjacket (SL) - Co-creator, Virtlantis 
LaPiscean Liberty (SL) - CEO AviewTV and UWA Virtual World Technical Media Advisor
Mal Burns (SL), Metaverse News Aggregator and Broadcaster

Victoria Lennoire - Editor of BOSL Magazine
Quan Lavender - Journalist & Blogger
Tom Papas - SciFi Film Festival & Screen My Shorts, Australia

Saffia Widdershins (SL) - Owner and Editor of Prim Perfect Publications (ART Only)
Inara Pey - Journalist & Blogger
Honour McMillan - Blogger

Kara Trapdoor - Journalist & Blogger
Eleanor Medier - Editor of The Sim Street Journal
Ziki Questi - Photographer & Blogger
Thinkerer Melville (SL) / Selby Evans (RL) - Journalist & Blogger
Phaylen Fairchild - Filmmaker and Entertainer
Taralyn Gravois - Owner of Arts Castle Gallery

Bevan Whitfeld - Avatar Designer & Member of the Board of Directors, Rockcliffe University
Dousa Dragonash (SL) - COO Metaverse Television

PatriciaAnne Daviau - 3D Artist
Jay Jay Jegathesan (RL) / Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) - Manager School of Physics/ Lead of UWA Virtual Worlds

PRIZE LIST ART(L$545,000 in total)
1st Prize: L$100,000
2nd Prize: L$70,000
3rd Prize: L$50,000
4th Prize: L$40,000
5th Prize: L$30,000
6th - 10th Prize: @$25,000

UWA Prize: L$25,000 (awarded by UWA members of the committee)
Curators Prize: L$25,000

Additional L$135,000 for audience participation and other prizes
(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)

PRIZE LIST MACHINIMA (L$545,000 in total)
1st Prize: L$100,000
2nd Prize: L$70,000
3rd Prize: L$50,000
4th Prize: L$40,000
5th Prize: L$30,000
6th - 10th Prize: :@$25,000
UWA Prize: L$25,000 (awarded by UWA members of the committee)
Curators Art of the Artists Prize: L$25,000

Additional L$105,000 for audience participation and other prizes
(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)

* Special thanks to Eliza Wierwight the event poster design and for all her support 
* Special thanks also to the creator of some of the spaces at UWA. These include FreeWee Ling, Chuckmatrix Clip, quadrapop Lane, Nyx Breen, Bradley Dorchester (Bradley Curnow, RL). Dragonmage Bogan (Dr Chris Thorne, RL), Sharni Azalee & Minny Werefox (Minh Tran, RL).

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