The legendary novelist and filmaker Clive Barker is challenging novice film makers to come up with an original horror movie. Along with Project Greenlight Digital Studios, the winner will receive a $300,000 budget, as well as a mentorship from Barker throughout the production.
“When I was looking for financing while making Hellraiser, I wish there was a studio like Project Greenlight Digital Studios behind me,” Barker tells Heat Vision of the program, which is in partnership with AMC Networks-backed Shudder and Adaptive Studios. “Teaming up with Adaptive Studios and Shudder is a wonderful opportunity to support emerging filmmakers in finding the new horror icon. This is also a great chance to scare and entertain audiences at the same time.”
Here are the contest rules:
From Feb. 13 to March 17, filmmakers can head projectgreenlight.com to upload a pitch (one to three minutes) of an original horror film concept. Ten semi-finalists will be selected and voted on by the public as well as a judging panel. The winner of the audience vote will advance, along with four chosen by the judges. Those five finalists will receive funding to shoot a short scene to show off their chops.
In June, the finalists will be invited to the second annual Shudder Labs, a creative retreat where they will receive more guidance on how to enhance their scenes. Then one winner will be selected to develop their film with Barker serving as executive producer.