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Sam Neill Joins The Team

Acclaimed Thesp On OPTUS ONE80PROJECT Judging Panel

Upload your 180-second pilot with an accompanying treatment at - entries close @ 5pm (AEDT), Friday February 12, 2010.

If you’ve glanced at the box or gone to the movies anytime over the last twenty years, then chances are you would’ve caught a glimpse of our new judge for the OPTUS ONE80PROJECT - internationally-acclaimed actor Sam Neill.

Joining the judging table in the fourth year of the competition, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor will join a panel of industry experts including Aussie-born ‘Twilight’ hottie Xavier Samuel, ‘Beautiful Kate’ starlet Sophie Lowe, US based MTV Films heavyweight David Gale and Cinema mogul Chris McGlinn.

The Kiwi-born actor, who has starred in films including Lord Of The Rings', 'Jurassic Park’, ‘The Piano’ and more recently the Aussie-made vampire flick ‘Daybreakers’, said he is looking forward to seeing what Australia’s hot talent has to offer.

“I’m pleased to be involved as the judge for the 2010 OPTUS ONE80PROJECT as I think it’s a great initiative for up and coming film makers,” said Sam. “I encourage everyone to give it a go and I'm really looking forward to seeing some interesting new work.”

The OPTUS ONE80PROJECT is an opportunity for local aspiring TV makers to turn their good idea into a big shot at the small screen. A 180-second pilot with an accompanying treatment can be uploaded at until 5pm (Sydney Local Time), Friday February 12, 2010. All entries must be suitable for viewing on Optus smartphones and 3G1 mobile phones, internet and TV.

Judging by the entries already posted, the judges have their work cut out for them! If you’re interested in getting amongst this year’s program, you’ve still got until the end of this week to get your entries in so look sharp!

Log on to for more info, and don’t forget to watch last year’s winner ‘Dungoona’ on MTV Sunday February 28 @ 9pm.

Check out Sam in the trailer for his film 'Daybreakers' below.