Greenlight Australia - 10th November 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's reality TV series Project
Greenlight is coming to Australia.
show will give local filmmakers a foot in the door
to the movie industry.
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
is a nation of 20 million people and 18 million of
them want to be filmmakers!" Movie Network chief
executive officer Tony Forrest said.
to be a filmmaker has really become part of the Australian
culture and Project Greenlight will add another dimension
to that culture."
screenplays will initially be assessed by other contestants
with the top 100 entries then to be read and assessed
by industry professionals.
top 50 contestants will be asked to submit a short
promotional video pitching themselves as a filmmaker
to the Project Greenlight panel.
panel will comprise executives from Movie Network,
production company Screentime, and selected industry
panel will then choose the final ten contestants who
must then direct, film and submit one scene based
on their own screenplay.
a rigorous interview process, one finalist will be
selected as the winner of the series, receiving a
$1 million production budget and guaranteed theatrical
the US, Damon and Affleck's idea has spawned three
successful series and three films - Stolen Summer,
The Battle of Shaker Heights and Feast.
three of the US series will air on Movie Network from
December 1 with the Australian version going to air
some time next year.
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.
will also provide the winner with a great one-off
opportunity and a huge promotional platform to launch
can be submitted from November 10, closing early next
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