News in Brief: the Arts honoured, most anticipated films, AIDC and Screen Forever programs

AIDC CEO moving on after this year's conference; Big Ant Studios sold to French company; narrative designer callout, and Aussie films rules the box office in this edition of the news in brief.

For this edition of the news in brief, we have program announcements, digital dramas, and the big story of the week: the Australia Day Honours. On one hand, it was a great year for the arts, with the sector garnering more awards than sports. But the day was not without controversy. Veteran broadcaster Kerry O’Brien joined Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo in refusing the award, after it was announced that virulent homophobe, transphobe, and former tennis player Margaret Court would receive a second honour for her work since her sports career ended. 

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob