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Finalists announced for TAC short film competition

General Portfolio Press Releases

Eight young Victorians are in the running to win this year’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Make a Film, Make a Difference (MAFMAD) competition, Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said.

Announcing the finalists today, Mr Rich-Phillips said these eight Victorians now had the chance to win a $20,000 film production budget and see their film on television and in cinemas.

“In May this year, MAFMAD invited young Victorians to create a short film about looking after their mates on the road,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“The eight finalists, all aged 25 and under, submitted the best film ideas among more than 450 entries. Their ideas will now go through a second round of judging, to further analyse their scripts before the best two short film ideas are selected next month.”

Winners receive a $20,000 production budget and the help of mentors to produce their film, as well as $5,000 in prize money. The winning films will be shown across movie screens, on television, online and at music festivals over summer.

Mr Rich-Phillips said targetting some of the road safety hazards that put young people at risk was one of the key actions of the Victorian Coalition Government’s 10 year Road Safety Strategy.

“Young people continued to be over-represented in road trauma and MAFMAD invites young people to help us share messages with their peers about staying safe on the roads,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“This year’s finalists are not only promising filmmakers in their own right, but their ideas for MAFMAD films have the potential to really make a difference to road safety in this state.”

Twenty-five Victorians aged 18-25 have been killed on the roads this year so far, compared to 33 at the same time last year.

Find out more about MAFMAD at or

A list of the finalists and their ideas are attached.

Media contact: Justine Sywak 0448 448 487

Source: Gordon Rich-Phillips - Assistant Treasurer

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