You don't need to be Charlie Sheen to think that you could do a bit better than the occasional TV producer. You also don't need to have a painful-to-watch, public breakdown to get the point across. When you sit in front of the box thinking "I could do a better family cop-cum-dance show than this", there's been a place for you to put your money where your mouth is. The Optus One80 Project has been taking 180-second short entries in a competition of 'pitches' to win a fully-produced pilot to screen on MTV. Sunday March 20, they'll be showing the finalists in Prince Albert Park, before announcing the winner at a festival featuring a shortlist of the ten best pitches.
Phone companies' efforts to engage the community aren't always this successful. While you can judge for yourself how well the festival supports the local talent, the talent is definitely there. This year's entries have themes touching on family, crime and desolation. Pitches feature prohibition, gold-digging, the apocolypse and the criminal proceeds of acting. As well as the films, the Festival will put on a musical line-up, featuring a DJ set from Mark Ronson and perfomances from locals Bag Raiders and Softwar.
Original image by Daquella manera.