THE OPTUS ONE80PROJECT RETURNS TO DISCOVER AUSTRALIA’S NEXT TOP TV TALENT
For the sixth consecutive year, budding Australian TV & Film makers will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to see their big idea brought to life as a professionally produced one-hour television pilot as the Optus ONE80PROJECT returns to discover Australia’s next big TV talent.
The only competition of its kind in the country, the Optus ONE80PROJECT is a joint venture between Optus and MTV Networks Australia, in association with Event Cinemas, which offers aspiring TV makers the means to jumpstart their career. At a time when we continue to see some of our best Austalian talent heading abroad, the One80Project is committed to investing back into the Australian TV industry to provide growth and development for local talent.
Christian Van Vuuren, winner of last years’ competition with entry, ‘Sick,’ said “The Optus One80Project is great proof of how many solid ideas and young, outgoing creative minds we have here in Australia and we couldn’t believe we won. The judges from the One80Project were amazing and took the time out of their days to offer advice, introduce us to people and steer us in the right direction. We just finished shooting the pilot and couldn't be happier with the quality of work and the team of individuals that we got to work with.”
For a shot at the $180,000 production budget and a share in the $30,000 cash prize pool – including a cool $10,000 for the winner of the Public Vote Award – entrants are invited to submit a 180-second pilot and treatment by 14 January, 2012. In an Optus One80Project first, this year’s competition is also offering a $5000 cash prize for the best pilot filmed on a mobile phone.
The public vote opens on 24 January, 2012, and the top 10 entries will be selected by a panel of high-profile industry judges and screened at a live festival event in Sydney in March, 2012.
Gavin Williams, Consumer Marketing Director at Optus said ”More and more of our customers are turning to their mobiles as a source of entertainment and the OPTUS ONE80PROJECT is another way we are delivering content to meet this demand. Every year this project gets bigger and better and we are proud to be supporting the OPTUS ONE80PROJECT for a sixth year and I can’t wait to see what this year’s entries have to offer.”