2014 Online Video Awards

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Australian Online Video Awards (the OVAs)

In 2014 prizes included a trip to YouTube’s Creator Space in Los Angeles to learn from the world leaders in online video production and marketing, supported by YouTube.

Patron for the awards, Jehan Ratnatunga, is an alumni of Open Channel and was then hired by YouTube’s LA team to head up strategic projects. Jehan said “Today, Australian online video creators are drawing huge audiences – often on par with their film and television counterparts. The Australian Online Video Awards is a fantastic way to recognise them for their creative works.”

The winners were announced on Tuesday 14 October at Docklands Studios, Melbourne, in a celebration showcasing the winners work in a fun and interactive way.

Open Channel’s Executive Director Marc Gracie said “For the past few years Open Channel has responded to the emerging Victorian screen sector with courses and programs that grow creativity and skills using online distribution models. Finding an audience online and testing your creative instincts can be immediate, fruitful and help develop solid professional screen careers. These awards allow us to evangelize the net as the predominant screen development tool.”

The entry and judging process were coordinated by ScreenPro.tv, a website launched by Founder Simon Britton to provide screen content creators with a platform to develop audiences for their work.

“At ScreenPro.tv, we’ve been helping content makers connect with audiences for the last five years. In that time, we’ve seen a massive increase in the quality and quantity of online episodic video. Everyone entering the OVAs will have a special opportunity to have their work viewed by a panel of industry leaders. The OVAs will make a huge difference to industry awareness of the great work being done by Australian content creators,” Mr Britton said.

The awards celebration took place as part of Open Channel’s ‘Generation Next’ conference.

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2014 FINALISTS & WINNERS

Best One-off Comedy
WINNER: Harry Potter vs Star Wars
FINALISTS
Domino’s Pizza Complaints
Popstel

Best Comedy Series 
WINNER: Chris & Josh
FINALISTS
The Record
Corn Cobs

Best One-off Drama 
WINNER: Sine
FINALISTS
Rites of Passage
The Tunnel

Best Drama Series
WINNER: Event Zero
FINALISTS
I Luv U But
Low Life

Best Factual Series
WINNER: Knapsack Bartender
FINALISTS
That Startup Show
Minority Box

Best Channel
WINNER: The Axis of Awesome
FINALISTS
Written it Down
Chris & Josh

Best Animation
WINNER: Australian Encounters (Heroes, Villains & Ratbags)
FINALISTS
The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 and 3/4
Ultimate Street Yacht Battle

Best Music Video
WINNERS: DRAW Phantom Hitmen – Beautiful Mind & Paper Kites – Young
FINALISTS
Paper Arms – Tanks of Dust

Best Performance
WINNER: Henry Nixon (Low Life)
FINALISTS
Sine
The Record

Best Direction
WINNER: Low Life
FINALISTS
Sine
The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 and 3/4

Best Writing
WINNER: Sine
FINALISTS
Low Life
I Luv U But

Best Collaboration
WINNER: Written it Down
FINALISTS
Rites of Passage
Fancy Boy

Innovation Award
WINNER: Rites of Passage
FINALISTS
That Startup Show
Hunter n Hornet

Best Overall
WINNER: Harry Potter vs Star Wars
FINALISTS
Event Zero
The Axis of Awesome

2014 Key Dates

Entries opened: Monday 7 July
Entries closed: Friday 15 August
Shortlist announced: Monday 15 September
Winners announced: Tuesday 14 October

Awards Night: 7pm – 9pm Tuesday, 14th October

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