Lionsgate Partners With Facebook for Women's Short Films Competition30 Sep, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Lionsgate Sept. 30 announced it is teaming with Facebook and others to launch a short films competition based on characters from the “Twilight” books by aspiring female filmmakers. The winning films will stream exclusively on Facebook in 2015.
The competition, dubbed “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” will include guidance from author Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide. The author, along with the Women In Film organization, and the crowdsourcing platform Tongal, will manage the social media campaign.
The campaign will center on a multiphase contest culminating in the selection of at least five aspiring female filmmakers to direct the films. The winning shorts will be selected by a panel that includes Meyer, actresses Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, writer and one of the directors of Disney’s Frozen, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, Emmy-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film president Cathy Schulman.
The shorts will be financed through production advances, and fans will help select a grand-prize winning filmmaker who will receive a cash prize and career opportunities. The film development and production process will involve extensive fan engagement on the Facebook and Tongal platforms.
“We’re … confident that [Meyer’s] participation in the short films campaign will add an exciting new dimension to the incredible world she has created as an author and producer,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and vice chairman Michael Burns said in a statement. “Our partnership with Facebook and Women In Film underscores the opportunities for growing our franchises in exciting new directions, and we’re pleased to introduce fresh creative talent to the 'Twilight' universe as part of our commitment to female empowerment in front of and behind the camera.”