2014 NSW Creative Achievement Awards
The inaugural NSW Creative Achievement Awards were held on 28 May 2014.
NSW Creative Laureate
Winner: Animal Logic
The independent Judging Panel determined that Animal Logic, a multi-award winning company that provides digital animation and visual effects (VFX) for the feature film and television industries, met the selection criteria to an outstanding level. The company demonstrated significant leadership and capability through its successful execution of creative risk to produce, again and again, ground breaking digital content. The company also invests in the growth of their industry through the development of local talent. The Judging Panel determined that Animal Logic's substantial body of internationally acclaimed work has brought significant global recognition to NSW creative industries through their positive international media attention, befitting their recognition as the inaugural NSW Creative Laureate. Animal Logic's work includes: The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, The Matrix, and Academy award winning Happy Feet.
As winner Animal Logic has been assigned the 2014 Ambassador for NSW Creative Industries to help promote NSW as a global creative centre.
The Judging Panel determined that the NSW Creative Laureate nominee Sydney Dance Company also demonstrated outstanding quality against the selection criteria particularly in raising the international profile of NSW creative industries through their significant international touring program and events. The Panel determined that the Sydney Dance Company be given a special commendation for their achievements.
NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award
Winner: Jason van Genderen
The Judging Panel determined that Jason van Genderen's internationally acclaimed short "pocket films", filmed with a mobile phone camera, demonstrated leadership in originality and innovation, including through his creative application of technology. Seeding his craft in the advertising industry, his storytelling kick-started accidentally in 2008 when a creative experiment with a mobile phone resulted in the viral pocket film 'Mankind is No Island'. The accolades and recognition received for his work through international film festivals, online and speaking engagements since that time demonstrate that Jason is recognised as an emerging high achiever in the industry. He has positively impacted on the global profile of NSW creative industries and his success to date will be boosted with encouragement for further development and growth.
The judging panel determined that the nominations of The Distillery and the Byron Bay International Film Festival met the selection criteria to a high standard and recognised both as high achievers emerging in their sectors that demonstrated leadership in originality and innovation and positively impacting on raising the global profile of NSW creative industries. The Judging Panel determined that both should be specially mentioned to signal appreciation of their business success to date and to encourage their further development and growth.
The Distillery is a creative (craftspeople/print) studio in Sydney's Darlinghurst that uses modern letterpress printing and design practices and pioneers new environmentally sustainable techniques.
The Byron Bay International Film Festival has innovatively capitalised on the location and the heavy concentration of filmmakers in the Northern Rivers region and, since its foundation in 2005, is steadily increasing the global profile of NSW creative industries, through a regional area.
The winners of the inaugural Awards were decided by the following creative industries representatives:
- Edwina McCann – Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Australia
- Bryan Brown – Actor, Director and Producer, New Town Films
- Elizabeth Ann Macgregor – Director, Museum of Contemporary Art
- Professor Roy Green – Dean, University of Technology Sydney Business School
- Andrew Johnstone and Murray Bell – Directors, Semi-Permanent