NPS MedicineWise and American Express Openair Cinemas (AMEX OAC) have announced the first-place winners of ‘Preserve the Power’ – a national short film competition to raise awareness about the global threat of antibiotic resistance.

Entrants were tasked with creating a 30-second short film to win their share of $10,000, with first-place prizes awarded to talent across two categories: Australians under 18 and over the age of 18 years old.

Announced at the AMEX OAC location at Bondi Beach, ‘Keep the bugs outta the club’ took out the top prize for the 18+ category. The film features a man who is rejected from entering a pharmacy based on his overuse of antibiotics.

The judges were also impressed by ‘Therapeutic’, which took out first-place for the under-18 category. The film features a couple representing an antibiotic and a bacterial infection having a therapy session.

The winning films can be viewed on the NPS MedicineWise YouTube channel:

The brief

Create a 30-second short film to help people understand antibiotic resistance.

Be creative: films can explore any genre, be it horror, comedy, documentary, musical or drama as long as the message is relayed in line with the NPS MedicineWise Antibiotics, explained and/or Antibiotic resistance: the facts.

Be passionate: tell a story that gets to the heart of this global health threat.

Be informed: read more about the key messages as well as see the need to know facts for inspiration.


$10,000 in prize money was up for grabs!

  • 1st Prize under 18s: $5,000
  • 1st Prize over 18s: $5,000

As well as receiving the cash prize of $5,000, the two winners will also have their films promoted to local media and NPS MedicineWise social platforms.