Young filmmakers cast spotlight on road safety

Aspiring young filmmakers have the chance to bring their ideas to the screen in a short film featuring actor Firass Dirani as part of a competition to cast a spotlight on road safety.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has partnered with Village Cinemas for the third annual Split Second youth film competition, encouraging young Victorian filmmakers to tackle distracted driving.

According to findings from TAC’s Road Safety Monitor, younger drivers (aged 18-25 years) are significantly more likely than older drivers to be distracted while driving (82% compared to 76%).

Victorian filmmakers aged between 18 and 25 are eligible to enter the competition, which opened on 6 August 2020 and are required to submit an outline of a 45-second film idea addressing the issue of distracted driving.

A panel of judges from the TAC and film and advertising industry will select a winner, who will receive a $50,000 production budget to make their film, with the help of Dirani and award-winning production company Airbag.

The winner will also receive $5,000 in prizemoney and their film will feature during Village Cinema screenings across Victoria.

Last year’s winner Alyssa De Leo, an RMIT student, achieved an internship with creative agency Taboo following her winning entry The Afterlife Bar, depicting well-known historical figures who were taken before their time.

The competition is open until 23 September 2020 with the winner to be announced on 16 October 2020. For more information or to enter, visit tac.vic.gov.au/splitsecond.