Whether you loved it or hated it the TWILIGHT saga proved to be a force to be reckoned with. Not only did “Twi-hards” line up to buy the books but they showed up in full force at screenings, red carpets and most importantly the box office. The series consists of five films and has grossed over $3.3 billion dollars in worldwide receipts. The second installment, NEW MOON, opened on November 20, 2009, breaking box office records as the biggest midnight screening and opening day in history, grossing an estimated $72.7 million. The series also launched the careers of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Green, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, and Anna Kendrick. The books and films had almost everyone choosing between a vampire or a werewolf, “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” shirts could be seen everywhere. It was the tragic love story of “the lion falling in love with the lamb” and had girls and women swooning all around the world.
With a franchise that is so successful follows a ginormous amount of fan fiction, it has been said that FIFTY SHADES OF GREY actually started off as TWILIGHT fan fiction but the names were obviously changed before publication. “Twi-hards” have had nothing to look forward to from the franchise since the release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 on November of 2012 UNTIL NOW!
LIONSGATE is teaming up with Stephanie Meyer, Facebook, and Women In Film to create a short film competition based on characters from the world of TWILIGHT where they will develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. The campaign, called “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer’s encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.
The campaign will be a multiphase contest ending in at least five aspiring female filmmakers to direct short films based on characters from the Twilight universe. The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a top-notch panel of advisors, which will ultimately select the winning shorts that will premiere exclusively on the Facebook platform next year. The star-studded group of female panelists will include Stephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and one of the directors of Disney’s global blockbuster Frozen, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.
Five winning shorts will be financed through production advances, and fans will help select a grand prize-winning filmmaker who will receive a cash prize and career opportunities. The short film development and production process will involve extensive fan engagement on the Facebook and Tongal platforms.
“The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry,” said Meyer. “I’m honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.” Women In Film, Lionsgate and Facebook have all seen the tremendous amount of created content when it comes to this franchise and the collaboration seemed like a no brainer to them all.
Not only is this an exciting way to grow the franchise for all TWILIGHT fans but it is also an amazing opportunity for women that love the film industry. The amount of talented women that are involved in overseeing this project is astounding. TWILIGHT fans everywhere now have a little something to look forward to and be a part of.