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A shower of accolades for ECU Screen Academy writer

Thursday, 12 August 2010

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Congratulations to ECU screen academy graduate, Ms Magda Wozniak, whose short films, Stuffed and Foresight have been selected as a finalists in the ‘Best Tertiary Film’ category and ‘Best Tertiary Documentary’ category at the prestigious Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) awards.

The annual ATOM awards recognise excellence in short films, documentaries and animation work from primary, secondary and tertiary students, as well as professional production in a range of categories.

Ms Wozniak’s short film, Stuffed, has already received extensive recognition, winning Best Screenplay at the WA Screen Awards in March, and in June receiving a nomination for the Australian Writers Guild AWGIE awards,  the premier awards ceremony for scriptwriters in Australia.

Ms Wozniak has also seen personal success this year, winning a six-week paid attachment to work with the script department of the channel nine drama, Rescue Special Ops in Sydney, funded by Screenwest and Southern Star Entertainment.

When asked about her successful year, Ms Wozniak says she is both pleased and excited about the prospects that lay ahead.

"In the very uncertain screen industry, receiving these kinds of awards and recognition is a great thrill, and a welcome sort of validation.”

Ms Wozniak completed her Master of Professional Communications degree at ECU’s WA Screen Academy 2009 specialising in Scriptwriting and Directing.

Director of the WA Screen Academy and Coordinator of Scriptwriting in the School of Communications and Arts, Mr John Rapsey, congratulates Magda on her achievements.

“This is a wonderful suite of accomplishments and it gives great momentum to her career.”

“When her nomination is read out at the AWGIE awards in Melbourne on 20 August the room will be full of Australia’s best scriptwriters, editors, producers and network executives,” said Mr Rapsey  

During her time working on Rescue Special Ops, Ms Wozniak will work closely with Sarah Smith, Series Co-creator and Producer who graduated from ECU in the early 90’s.

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