I just caught wind of this last week and I thought I would pass it on – even if it is almost finished. The New Zealand Film Commission are currently offering up $100,000 to indie filmmakers through a competition called...
Several months ago, entrants were charged with coming up with a poster and synopsis to promote their million dollar – or I guess hundred-thousand dollar – idea. There were hundreds of entrants, but at the start of October they were culled down to twelve, which you can see below. Click on the each image for more information.
I think the ones that speak to me the most are #8 Wire and Taxi Tapes. While it is true they are both of done-to-death subgenres – survivalist & found footage ghost story respectively – they are also the ones that would most likely deliver.
I look at something like The Helmet and all I can think is I’d rather just watch Primer again. Same goes with Never Forget up against The Disappearance of Alice Creed. As for Foley & Kill by Mouth; great ideas, but I wonder if there is enough meat there for an entire feature.
After reading the synopsis of The Bach, I have to say that unless the filmmakers have an unknown Olivier up their sleeve, the main character’s motivation is going to be really difficult for me to swallow.
Lastly, I recognize the potential of This Giant Papier Maché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy, but again, will this running joke last ninety minutes? There’s also the fact that this initially struck me as a Jared Hess take on vintage Doctor Who, which makes me want to turn and run in the other direction.
Anyway, you can vote for your favourites up until tomorrow evening, with the final two being announced December 8th. Good luck to everyone involved!