Thursday, April 2, 2015

'The Storytellers' Director Pitch winners have been announced + Giveaway to cover the filming of the short films

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#1 Character Voting: 11/11 - 11/19
#2 Screenplay Outline Submissions: 11/20 - 12/03 (12/19 - 01/01 vote)
#3 Screenplay: 01/05 - 01/19
#4 Director Pitch: 01/30 - 02/16
#5 Short Film: 03/30 - 05/29


MTV News - Here, in a message from Meyer herself, find out who will helm the six mini-movies, as well as the next part of the contest.

"When we first began discussing ideas for “The Storytellers — New Voices of The Twilight Saga,” we expected that we would see great things; I knew that both within the Twilight fandom and within the female filmmaking community there was great talent. In reality, the incredible offering of creativity and skill that we’ve seen has exceeded all our expectations, from the screenplay outlines to the screenplays themselves and now the Directors’ pitches. We had an extremely difficult task narrowing the choices down to just five directors — the task actually turned out to be impossible. We were not able to narrow it down to five finalists. We had to go with SIX.

I’m thrilled to announce our six winning Directors for “The Storytellers — New Voices of The Twilight Saga” presented by Volvo Cars. Here they are (in no particular order):

-Kailey & Sam Spear for “The Mary Alice Brandon File”
-Maja Fernqvist for “Consumed”
-Lindsey Hancock Williamson for “Turncoats”
-Amanda Tasse for “Sunrise”
-Nicole Eckenroad for “The Groundskeeper”
-Yulin Kuang for “We’ve Met Before”

Congratulations to each of you! It has been amazing to see your fantastic pitches and hear the excitement you have for visually retelling these stories. All of us involved in this contest, both judges and fans, cannot wait to see your realized visions.

For those of you who were not chosen, please know that it was a bitter thing to have to pass on your pitches. There were so many fascinating viewpoints we badly wanted to experience in their final form. We would like to encourage you to participate as a Wild Card entry, and show us your vision. You could still win the big prize. To paraphrase Principal Skinner, “Prove us wrong, kids. Prove us wrong.”

I’d also like to thank all of the fans who have been engaging and participating along the way. You guys are the best. And this leads me to my next exciting announcement…

The most important part of the Twilight universe has always been its fans. We want to give you a chance to be even more involved in The Storytellers contest. We will be picking Fan Correspondents to cover the filming of the short films from a Twilight fan’s perspective! That means we need you! To learn more about how you can be involved go to, for full rules and details. We’ll see you on set!


December 19, 2014:

1,278 screenplay outlines were submitted, but only 40 have been pre-selected.
The top 20 will go to the next phase & will be announced on January 5.
You have until December 31 12pm PT to rate the 40 screenplay outlines out of 5 stars, or as a favorite. :)
(You must be registered)


November 20:

You can now submit your screenplay outline BUT, the project is open to the US and Canada only. Yeah this sucks, like really.
+ Results of 'The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga' Phase 1 with the top 10 Characters.
Had voted for Garrett. *happy dance*


Kristen, Stephenie Meyer & other introduce the projet:

"The Storytellers — New Voices of The Twilight Saga" was motivated by the desire to provide new female voices with an opportunity to be heard. All of us at Lionsgate, Tongal, Facebook, Volvo Cars, and Women In Film, along with Stephenie Meyer, are enormously excited about this endeavor, and have come together to create a forum for you to exchange creative ideas in support of each other’s visions. We encourage you to be inventive. Just because the movies interpreted the books one way, it doesn’t mean other new ideas won’t be equally as wonderful.

Our choice to bring this opportunity to female writers and directors addresses a larger need for more content by, for, and about women. As you join the world of The Twilight Saga’s new creative voices, have fun and think with your heart. You are the storytellers. We are here to listen to you. And we can’t wait!

Lionsgate, Women In Film, Facebook, Volvo Cars, and author of the Twilight books Stephenie Meyer are thrilled to present a truly unique opportunity: the chance to create Short Films set in the Twilight universe.

Exploring the origin stories of characters from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, these Short Films will be set in the dynamic world of Twilight. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild. Our hope is to see a variety of styles, genres and interpretations.

The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, which will ultimately select the winning shorts that will premiere exclusively on Facebook next year. The star-studded group of female panelists will include Stephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and co-director of Disney’s global blockbuster Frozen, Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.

To make sure fresh, new voices get the attention that they deserve, Meyer, Lionsgate, and Women In Film are inviting bold female writers and directors with courageous and creative perspectives to introduce fans to the visually unexplored stories of the Twilight world. The finalist filmmakers will have the benefit of mentorship with experts hand–picked by Meyer, Women In Film and Lionsgate. The winning Short Films will be released exclusively on Facebook.

Screenplay Outlines: 20 finalists will each receive $500 and the opportunity to write a full Screenplay.

Screenplays: 5 winners will each earn $3,000.

Director Pitches: 5 winners will each receive up to $50,000 to complete production of their Short Films.

Short Films: The 5 Short Films from the Director Pitch winners along with any Wildcard winner* may be eligible to win the PRIZE OF A LIFETIME, including an all-new 2015 Volvo XC90, and other prizes.

*Wildcard winner will receive $25,000.

• For everything on this project, 'The Storytellers' tag