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.