Optus announces winners of the Connect5 short film competition

The Optus Connect5 campaign has rewarded to Australian filmmakers, Alexi Collins, Joshua Heaton and Michael O’Neill, $10,000 each as well as a trip Singapore in recognition of their outstanding efforts in the short film competition.

The two films, Save My Soul and Just For a Moment, were made by Alexi Collins with Joshua Heaton, and Michael O’Neill respectively, who were awarded for their ability to encapsulate the power of change we can inspire in others, in a 5 minute feature.

Both filmmakers were selected from entries submitted across Australia by a panel of Optus executives and industry experts such as filmmaker, Genevieve Clay-Smith. Along with the prize money, the trip to Singapore allows the winners to compete in the regional finals in November.

Save My Soul is a silent film about a man stranded on a deserted island who builds a relationship around mysterious messages in bottles. Being created by a single actor and location, along with two filmmakers, this is an impressive feat to say the least.

Just For A Moment tells the story of a young adult who attempts to get back in touch with his family and past life, mainly his younger brother, through means of a late night soccer match. However, obstacles such as their physical distance, a faulty fuse and password protected Wi-Fi stand in their way.

In November, both filmmakers will go head to head with other winners from countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand, for the chance to win a further grand prize of US$30,000, and a runner-up prize of US$15,000.

Prizes of US$3,000 and US$2,000 will also be awarded to the winner and runner-up of a regional ‘people’s choice’ competition respectively, as voted for by the general public.

To find more information about the annual Optus Connect5 short film competition, you can visit optus.com.au/connect5.