Alyssa De Leo, a 20 year-old RMIT student, has won the 2019 Split Second Film Competition – an initiative by TAC and their creative partner TABOO to tackle distracted driving. Her idea, ‘Afterlife Bar’ is a dark comedy featuring well-known historical figures who were taken before their time.

As her prize, Alyssa received $5,000 cash and a $50,000 production budget that took her idea from script to screen with the help of production company, Airbag.

You can watch her winning film below. It will also be screened prior to every feature film throughout MIFF.


Entries close 5pm 6 May, 2019. The winner will be notified by email on or by 21 May, 2019 and announced on this page on 24 May, 2019.


All entries will be assessed by the Judging Panel against the below criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • An idea that delivers a road safety message centred on distracted driving, as guided by ‘Tips’ on the brief
  • Delivery of a “turn your phone off in the cinema” message


  • You must be a resident of Victoria
  • You must be between 18 and 25 years of age as at 6 May 2019 (competition closes)
  • You must have never been disqualified from holding any drivers licence, or had any drivers licence suspended for any reason
  • In order to verify your age and your driving history, you must consent to the TAC making a request to VicRoads (or the equivalent licensing authority in any Australian state or territory) to provide details about your age and driving history (see Privacy Statement below for further details). If you do not consent to this check, you will be disqualified
  • You must enter as an individual only without any involvement from any place of employment.
  • Your entry must consist of a 300 word synopsis that summarises your idea in response to the brief. It may also include a script, storyboard, visual references and other relevant materials
  • All entries must pay careful attention to ‘Tips’ on the brief document

Terms and conditions can be found here.