Friday, June 3rd, 2011
‘CLOSED’ by Kristian Michail wins Best Film Video

New York, NY:  The winners of The 2011 Communicator Awards have been announced by the International Academy of the Visual Arts today. With thousands of entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals.

The Winner for Best Film Video, Kristian Michail, is an 18-year-old Commerce / Law student from Melbourne, Australia who created his winning project as a part of his high school final year film program.

“The world around us is a complete object of beauty – but there lies danger with those things that are most beautiful.”

'Closed' is a confronting focus on the ability to see and touch happiness one day, and completely lose it the next. A film that illuminates the reality that struggle can either make or break us. Some become stronger through the hurt and pain, growing from it and using it to enhance the beauty around them; whilst others struggle as their dream of happiness disappears with every passing day - until one moment when their struggle continues no more.

No different to a line-up of dominoes, the first one falls, the rest follow – This dramatic projection of the demise of one man whose life spirals out of control and (like the dominoes) his inner control collapses with it – resulting in the ultimate tragedy!

The inspiration for my concept came from my interest in Ancient Greek theatre - In a sense I transformed my fascination for the likes of Sophoclean artistry into a contemporary adaption of traditional theatrical drama. The ancient philosophy remains, but the modern day influences of cinema is what makes it come to life", said Kristan Michail, director of “Closed”.

The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), a 550+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current IAVA membership represents a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: Condè Nast, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, HBO, Keller Crescent,, MTV, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Tribal DDB, Victoria’s Secret, Wired, Yahoo!, and many others. See for more information.

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The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. This year’s Communicator Awards received thousands of entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. Please visit for more information.

The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. Please visit for a full member list and more information.

Australian Enquiries:
Contact: Patricia Bosa
Tel: (03) 9820 4449
Email: [email protected]

International Enquiries:
Contact: Linda Day – The Communicator Awards
Tel: +212 675.3555
Email: [email protected]
Patricia Bosa
P: (03) 9820 4449


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