Team Edward or Team Jacob; you decide. It became clear that “Twilight” is a never-ending saga because Facebook is set to create a new series of short films based on the popular vampire-themed fantasy romance novels!
We know, we know, what else can be told for the short films when the film series has already ended?
In partnership with Facebook, Lionsgate and author Stephenie Meyer will begin the initiative “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga” to select 5 aspiring female filmmakers to direct the mini-movie based on the “Twilight” characters.
The selected filmmakers will stand a chance to be mentored by a group of panelists including Stephanie Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Frozen writer Jennifer Lee, director Catherine Hardwicke, Modern Family’s Julie Bowen and the president of Women In Film, Cathy Schulman. The chosen winner will receive an unspecified cash price and opportunities to advance their career.
But that’s not all! By using both Facebook and the crowdsourcing platform Tongal, fans will help judge the best short in the “multiphase contest” and they will be included in the development as well as the production of the individual films.
The contest is part of Facebook’s initiative to move forward their video strategy after Warner Bros. failed to begin the movie rental service on Facebook.
Facebook vice president of partnerships Dan Rose said in a statement:
More people than ever before are creating, discovering and engaging with videos on Facebook….This collaboration with Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Women In Film is a great opportunity to engage Twilight’s massive global audience on Facebook through an innovative premium video program.
Meyer has not mentioned a word about returning to “Twilight” but she said in a statement that she is honoured to work with Women in Film for the Twilight contest:
“The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry. I’m honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.
Unfortunately, the short films will not be shown in the cinemas as it will be distributed exclusively on Facebook in 2015. But, what do you think? Are you excited to watch some great short films from Twilight fans? If you would like to be part of it, hurry and sign up to join the contest!