Split Second Film Competition offers $70k to young Vic filmmakers

The competition offers young Victorians a chance to work with Sweetshop & Green on a short film about road safety.
BTS still from Split Second Film Competition

The Split Second Film Competition is back for a fourth year, offering young filmmakers the chance to have their short films shown in cinemas across the state.

The competition is open to 18-25-year-olds, who will pitch a 45-second film concept about road safety for the chance to win $70,000 in production funding, as well as $5000 in prize money.  Pitches in 2021 should address the road safety issues of low-level speeding or drink driving, which remain significant causes of injuries and deaths on our roads. Entries for pitches are open until 15 August.

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The competition winner will work with prestigious production company Sweetshop and Green to bring their film concept to life. The winning film will be shown before movies at Village Cinemas across the state over the summer period, from 21 October 2021 to 21 January 21, 2022. The 2020 winner was A Trial Before the King, a comedic medieval take on the issue of texting while driving.

Founded in 2018, the Split Second Film Competition is co-funded by the Transport Accident Commission and Village Cinemas to promote road safety in a creative way. The competition received close to 500 entries across its first three years, giving young Victorians real-world industry experience, as well as promoting road safety to a vulnerable demographic.

Victoria’s Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll, highlighted the way this competition ‘empower[s] young people to connect with their peers and send a powerful road safety message that save lives.’

He continued: ‘Every day we see young people showing their creativeness and their ability to share important messages in new and innovative ways.’

TAC CEO Joe Calafiore underscored the importance of creative approaches to public safety communication: ‘in a fast-paced world, we know that we have to find new ways to connect with the public,’ he said, continuing: ‘this competition has proven to be a fantastic avenue to connect directly with those young people, and encourage them to think about their behaviour on the road.’

Entries are open until 15 August. For more information or to enter the competition, visit the TAC website. Past winners are also viewable on the TAC Website. 

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