Racing against time to build worlds and create films with Unreal Engine

A filmmaker leaps into Unreal Engine with a games lecturer, and discovers a new world of production that leads him to prestigious festivals.
Cute animated creature from Never Alone with huge eyes. Created in Unreal Engine.

The Australian Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge, supported by engine creator Epic Games and the Australian state agencies, kicked into high gear in January 2021, when 16 finalists were each given $20,000 to make a film in six weeks. They were armed with a free copy of the software and a week’s training.

Ben Matei is an emerging filmmaker based in Western Australia. He is an actor with a degree in media and animation, who runs workshops, does corporate productions and edits, all to earn a living. He saw the challenge as an opportunity, figured that his combination of skills must be worth something, and decided to pitch.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.

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