45 SECONDS. $50K BUDGET. $5K CASH. HAVE YOUR IDEA MADE AND SCREENED AT MIFF

The Split Second Film Competition is back for its second year. Developed by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), the competition aims to change the way Victorians think about using phones while driving. If you’re aged 18-25, this is your opportunity to launch your film career and make a difference on our roads.

 

IT TAKES A SPLIT SECOND TO ENTER

It’s simple. Just submit an idea for a 45 second film that makes people think twice about driving while distracted. Up for the challenge? You could win a $50k budget to have your idea produced by award-winning production house, Airbag, and watch your film across over 500 screenings at MIFF (including the impressive Opening Night Gala). And if that’s not enough incentive, you’ll also score $5k cash just for you. 

Download the brief

Submit your entry

Example storyboard

ROAD SAFETY INSPO

CREATIVE INSPO

MEET CALLUM, 2018 WINNER

Callum Borthwick, a 21-year-old Swinburne film student from Melbourne, has taken out the first Split Second Film Competition. His film idea, Gates of Heaven, explores the unnerving intersection between society’s addictive relationship with their devices, delivered with a satirical comedic twist.

 

KEY COMPETITION DATES

Entries close 5pm 6 May, 2019. The winner will be notified by email on or by 21 May, 2019 and announced on this page on 24 May, 2019.

JUDGING CRITERIA

All entries will be assessed by the Judging Panel against the below criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • An idea that delivers a road safety message centred on distracted driving, as guided by ‘Tips’ on the brief
  • Delivery of a “turn your phone off in the cinema” message

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • You must be a resident of Victoria
  • You must be between 18 and 25 years of age as at 6 May 2019 (competition closes)
  • You must have never been disqualified from holding any drivers licence, or had any drivers licence suspended for any reason
  • In order to verify your age and your driving history, you must consent to the TAC making a request to VicRoads (or the equivalent licensing authority in any Australian state or territory) to provide details about your age and driving history (see Privacy Statement below for further details). If you do not consent to this check, you will be disqualified
  • You must enter as an individual only without any involvement from any place of employment.
  • Your entry must consist of a 300 word synopsis that summarises your idea in response to the brief. It may also include a script, storyboard, visual references and other relevant materials
  • All entries must pay careful attention to ‘Tips’ on the brief document

Terms and conditions can be found here.