Surely many of us were bummed when we learned that the reality TV show Project Greenlight was being canceled back in 2005. (It seems unfair that audiences would rather keep up with the Kardashians than today's burgeoning cinematic talent, but whatever.) However, you might've heard that the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon-produced series that puts first-time filmmakers head-to-head to compete for a chance to make a feature film is finally back for Season 4, this time on HBO, and are now looking for the next batch of short film submissions.
Here's a good description of what participating in Project Greenlight will be like:
The show begins with a digital competition, and will follow the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production. Equipped with a Hollywood-vetted script and surrounded by a team of industry professionals, the fledging director must learn to cope with pressure from the studio and producers, surviving on-set politics and leading a veteran cast and crew, while trying to deliver a viable movie – on schedule and on budget.
The digital contest opens on July 24th, and is asking for first-time directors to submit their short films, which can be on any topic and from any genre, though they can be no less than 1 minute and no more than 3 minutes. You can definitely read more in the PG's FAQ section, but submissions should be free of nudity pornography, and explicit sexual content. (As for language, think PG-13.) The digital contest-winning director will become the star of the show! (Or something like that -- Affleck and Damon show up quite a bit -- let's say "subject of the show".)
Here are a few requirements contestants need in order to be considered for Project Greenlight:
- You must have a Facebook account.
- You must be 18 or older and be a legal resident of one of the 50 U.S. States or the District of Columbia.
- You must not be a professional. For purposes of the contest, a “professional” means any individual who, as of July 24th, 2014, (i) is a current member of either the Directors Guild of America or the Screen Actors Guild or (ii) has directed a feature film that was acquired for the purpose of, and subsequently received, paid distribution in any medium.
Submissions open on July 24th and end August 8th. If you want to learn more about submitting to the competition, head on over to PG's FAQ section.
Link: Project Greenlight