Project Greenlight Australia

Project Greenlight Australia - 10th November 2004
(Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald)

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's reality TV series Project Greenlight is coming to Australia.

The show will give local filmmakers a foot in the door to the movie industry.

Pay TV channel Movie Network has called for script submissions for entrants in the new series that will follow a group of aspiring directors as they make an independent film.

"Australia is a nation of 20 million people and 18 million of them want to be filmmakers!" Movie Network chief executive officer Tony Forrest said.

"Wanting to be a filmmaker has really become part of the Australian culture and Project Greenlight will add another dimension to that culture."

The screenplays will initially be assessed by other contestants with the top 100 entries then to be read and assessed by industry professionals.

Each top 50 contestants will be asked to submit a short promotional video pitching themselves as a filmmaker to the Project Greenlight panel.

The panel will comprise executives from Movie Network, production company Screentime, and selected industry professionals.

The panel will then choose the final ten contestants who must then direct, film and submit one scene based on their own screenplay.

Following a rigorous interview process, one finalist will be selected as the winner of the series, receiving a $1 million production budget and guaranteed theatrical release.

In the US, Damon and Affleck's idea has spawned three successful series and three films - Stolen Summer, The Battle of Shaker Heights and Feast.

All three of the US series will air on Movie Network from December 1 with the Australian version going to air some time next year.

"We are confident Project Greenlight will be compelling viewing as the process of the selection of a director or a writer-director team evolves into the making of the feature film," Project Greenlight executive producer Bob Campbell said.

"It will also provide the winner with a great one-off opportunity and a huge promotional platform to launch the movie.

Entries can be submitted from November 10, closing early next year.


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