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The 612 ABC Brisbane Promo Film Competition

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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Would you settle for 15 second bursts of fame rather than the 15 minutes so prophetically allotted to us all by Pop artist and Campbell's soup can aficionado Andy Warhol? If the answer is yes, then have I got a competition for you. Radio Station 612 ABC Brisbane is currently seeking entries in their 612 Promo Film Competition.

These empty theatre seats could soon be filled with your adoring fans. Image from competition website

The competition wants you to make a promotional clip for the radio station of no more than 15 seconds. As far as creative control is concerned the hows, whats and wherefores are pretty much up to you but with one proviso - you must include the 612 ABC logo (downloadable here) somewhere in your production. You can even ask 612 personalities such as Spencer Howson, Madonna King, Kelly Higgins-Devine and Steve Austin to appear in your production. While this is certainly not a case of "ask and you shall receive", you never know. If you make a great pitch and their busy schedules will allow, you might just get lucky.

This is an opportunity for all you budding Alfred Hitchcocks and Steven Spielbergs out there to have your name and film handiwork seen by audiences at the upcoming Brisbane International Film Festival. Imagine the thrill of taking your seat for the screening of the new cult alien thriller, Attack the Block, only to find your very own film, all 15 sensational seconds of it, flickering up on the big screen for all to see.

And it's not only adulation you'll earn for your talents. The winner will also receive:

the opportunity for your work to feature on 612 ABC Brisbane website and social media
an invitation for two to attend the opening and closing gala parties
the opportunity to meet a VIP from the Festival
a double pass to see twelve festival films
a $250 voucher from the ABC Shop

Five runners-up will also receive a range of prizes including having their work shown on the website.

Movie Camera - image from flickr.com/jerebu

You need to hurry. Entries close at 6pm on Monday 16 October. As usual the fine print is important. Full terms and conditions are available here. Some of the really important ones include:

you must be at least 18 to enter
- you must be a Queensland resident
- you are not allowed to use commercial music unless you have the artist's permission to do so.

Still worried about the fact that it's only 15 seconds? Think that if someone blinks they'll miss it? Just remember, this could be your springboard to greatness. Even Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg had to start somewhere.
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Why? Get your 15 seconds of fame.
When: Entries close 6pm on 16 October
Cost: Just your time and effort.
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