Optus announces winners of 5-minute film comp, Connect5

Optus has today announced Life In Boxes by Jason van Genderen and Dark Matter by Jacob and Luci Trevaskis as the winners of its five minute film competition Connect5.

The challenge of the competition for filmmakers was to capture what the concept of ‘connecting lives’ meant to them. The aspiring filmmakers were selected from entries submitted from across Australia by a panel of judges, taking home A$5,000 each.

Life in Boxes captures the reactions of 30 of Jason van Genderen’s Facebook friends after opening an envelope with a startling diagram of a 90-year-old life broken down into weeks.

In Dark Matter, Luci Trevaskis plays the role of a teenager going about her ‘normal’ everyday life whilst being followed by a sinister figure; a constant reminder of her battles with depression and thoughts of self harm.

The aspiring filmmakers have now been entered into the regional final of Connect5 in November where they will go head to head with other winners from Africa, India, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia for a chance to take home a further US$30,000 and get their film seen by millions of people across the region.