We all know that the film-making business can be a harsh mistress. Even if you do have the best script in the world, just trying to get it out there is near impossible unless you have an open bank at your disposal. But sometimes, just sometimes there is a ray of light with someone willing to give you a chance and Monster Pictures are those people.
At this time, they don’t want a you to send them a script as I’m sure many of you, like myself, wouldn’t know where to start. All they want is your idea. Yep, just your crazy idea that has been living in your head for years. And, if they like your idea you will actually be invited to pitch your project to Monster Pictures with the successful project receiving everything you need to get your idea made into a film and that includes script mentorship among everything else.
I believe that this is for Australian residents, but I’m sure if your idea is good enough, they may even fly you out, but don’t quote me on that.
From the Press Release:
“Filmmaking mavericks of Australia take note!
Monster Pictures, in partnership with Open Channel, JMC Academy, Mnemonic Audio, Canadian film sales company – Raven Banner and crowd-funding platform – Pozible are very proud to announce a joint film production initiative that is set to stir interest across the land…
MONSTER MICRO-NASTIES: THE CANNIBAL PROJECT
Australia’s very first micro-budget, “Ozploitation” feature film challenge!
The challenge calls for teams to submit an idea for a micro-budget exploitation feature film, based around the theme of Cannibalism.
The best applicants will be invited to pitch their projects at Monster Fest Melbourne to a live audience and a panel of expert judges, with the winning project receiving script mentorship and development, production funds, a managed crowd-funding campaign, production support, distribution in Australia/NZ and the UK by Monster Pictures, international sales by Raven Banner Entertainment and a red carpet premiere of the finished film at Monster Fest 2014.
Neil Foley from Monster Pictures says of the initiative, “we want Monster Fest to be the premiere launching pad for new Australian genre and Micro-Nasties is all about consolidating that position. The partners we have onboard from development, financing, distribution to foreign sales, ensures filmmakers an exciting opportunity to approach a micro-budget feature with all bases covered, a rare situation indeed!”
Open Channel Executive Director, Marc Gracie comments “Open Channel is thrilled to be involved. Today, there are many more opportunities for filmmakers working on micro-budgets to explore stories outside the mainstream, to develop craft skills, and to connect with the global market. This is an amazing opportunity for emerging talent to take a risk and find their voice and most importantly, to get their film seen by paying customers around the world.”
Applications close 5.00pm Friday 11th October, with the pitching competition set to take place at Monster Fest Melbourne at Cinema Nova on the 25th of November.
Visit the Monster website at www.monsterpictures.com for more details.
Brace yourself Australia, things are about to get NASTY.”