The Awards were set up in 1982 by the Australian Teachers of Media, "an independent, non-profit association to promote media education and screen literacy in primary, secondary and tertiary education and the broader community"
Awards are now offered in 36 categories as of 2005, broken down into awards for students, tertiary students, educational resources, and general. There is also a ''teacher's award'. This Award is made at the discretion of the judges, and recognises the commitment, dedication and inspiration of a teacher or school, and which the judges can observe informing a body of student work as submitted in either the primary, secondary or tertiary categories of the ATOM Awards. The Teachers’ Award can neither be sought nor applied for, and is given solely at the judges’ discretion.
The awards attract student filmmakers, educational films, and even professional industry practitioners. This makes it one of the only awards of its kind.
Entries are open to Australian and New Zealand students and media industry professionals.
Tertiary, A production made by a student or individual enrolled at a tertiary or TAFE institution at the time of the production
These category entries will be judged cross platform. Judges will be assessing best teaching/training practice, methodology, suitability to the audience, delivery and content. These entries may be websites, TV programs, videos, film, DVD, CD-ROMs or a convergence of the above, including installations.
Hunt Angels Hunt Angels Productions ATOM Award winner 2006
2005 Academy Award nominee The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (Anthony Lucas, 3D Films) ATOM Award winner 2005
Wildness (Big and Little Films in association with Film Australia) ATOM Award winner 2004
A Wedding in Ramallah (Sherine Salama, Habibi Films) ATOM Award winner 2003
Gulpilil – One Red Blood (Darlene Johnson, jotz Productions)
Martha's New Coat (Rachel Ward, New Town Films) ATOM Award winner 2003
Harry’s War (Richard Franklin, Golden Seahorse Productions)
Tulip (Rachel Griffiths) ATOM Award Nominee 1999
Wicked Science (Jonathan M Shiff Productions) ATOM Award winner 2004