Now in its sixth year, the Optus One80Project has introduced a mobile category to encourage Aussie TV and film makers to explore their passion without being restricted by technology.
The competition, which is a joint venture between Optus and MTV Networks Australia, calls for entrants to submit a 180-second pilot and treatment for the chance to have their idea turned into a one-hour television drama that will air on MTV.
The winning entry will receive a $180,000 production budget, as well as a $10,000 cash prize, and have their pilot screened live at the One80Project festival in March 2012.
There is also a $10,000 prize for the best pilot as voted by the public, $5000 for the best student entry and $5000 for the best mobile entry -- a new category that is being introduced for the first time this year.
Christian Van Vuuren, winner of last year's competition with the 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."
The competition opens on October 15 and runs until January 14, 2012. For more details, visit one80project.com.au.