Enter Connect5: the short film competition

Posted by (Online Community Manager)
11th Aug 2017, 4:27pm

Connect5 is inviting filmmakers of all levels to create a short film for the chance to get your talent recognised on an international stage and be in the running to win $30,000 USD.  Enter by 1.10.17.





Here’s the brief:


1. Create a short film about this year’s theme: “Connecting Lives”

2. Your clip must be no longer than 5 minutes and you must adhere to the following specs: MPEG4 file (max 5GB)
3. Video Resolution Requirements: minimum 720 x 400 to 1920 x 1080 pixels
4. Audio Format Requirement: 48kHz PCM, MP3, AAC with 16-Bit/s or higher


Submit your film by 1 October 2017.


And that’s it – the rest is up to you.


There are two levels to the competition:


Level 1 – Australian competition


In the Australian competition, our judges will review every entry and award the best two Australian Connect5 entries with:


- $10,000 AUD each


- A trip for two to Singapore so you can compete in November’s regional finals


What’s more, the Aussie Connect5 winners will also get the chance to be seen by the millions of people worldwide who are connected to the Optus and Singtel networks.


Click to see the Australian competition Terms and Conditions.


Level 2 – Regional competition in Singapore


In the regional competition, the two Australian Connect5 winners will head to Singapore to compete against finalists from four other countries for the chance to win:


- Grand prize of $30,000 USD


- Runner up prize of $15,000 USD


Click to see the regional competition Terms and Conditions.


Entries to the Australian competition will be judged by a panel of industry experts including filmmaker and writer Genevieve Clay-Smith who is a Connect5 ambassador and judge.


Genevieve Clay-Smith said, "Getting noticed in a competitive industry is one of the biggest hurdles facing aspiring Australian filmmakers."


"Connect5 represents an opportunity for filmmakers to elevate their profile and showcase their work to millions of people on an international stage. If you're looking to make a name for yourself in the film industry - whether you're a seasoned filmmaker or you're shooting your first film on a smartphone - I'd encourage you to get involved with Connect5 and get noticed."


Ben White, Managing Director of Marketing and Product at Optus said, "As an entertainment brand Optus is passionate about supporting new content creators and nourishing creative talent. We believe we can help kick-start the careers of aspiring filmmakers by sharing their work across our platforms and showcasing their talent to our large base of customers who are passionate about great entertainment."


"Connecting people is at the heart of what we do at Optus, so we look forward to seeing talented filmmakers' interpretations of 'Connecting Lives' and to hearing their stories about how connection fosters love and hope."


You have until 1 October 2017 to submit an entry so go wild and get those creative juices flowing.


Need some inspiration? Here are the winning Australian entries from last year's competition:




Good luck!


Ts & Cs


Aus. res. 18+ only. Starts: 24/07/17 09:00 am AEST. Ends: 01/10/17 11:59 pm AEDT. Max 1 entry per person.