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'Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga' shorts debuted last night; see them now

Female filmmaker contest based on back stories from Stephenie Meyer's 'The Twilight Saga' is now open to the public

(Eric Charbonneau)

Twi-hards rejoice! The world created by author Stephenie Meyer has expanded in the form of short films made by a group of aspiring female filmmakers – and fans can help choose the winner.

Meyer, Lionsgate, Women in Film, and the crowdsourcing platform Tongal collaborated last year to create a contest promoting female filmmakers. On Monday, at a packed theater in Hollywood, the seven finalists presented their work (1,300 scripts were submitted to the contest, and 150 directors made pitches to direct.) Beginning Tuesday, anyone can vote on who should be the recipient of $100,000.

Meyer, for one, has always been surprised by the lack of female filmmakers in Hollywood. She’s been involved in seven films in her career (The five Twilight movies, The Host and Austenland) and only one was directed by a woman – the original Twilight. “In any given room you are talking to 50 male directors and one female director pitching for the same project,” said Meyer during the post-screening Q&A Monday evening. “What was exciting about this project is someone was willing to put their money where their mouth was.” 

“It’s been really exciting to do something, maybe not on a huge scale, but on a small scale to get more female voices out there,” she added. 

Each filmmaker was awarded $50,000 for the production of their short, which they based on characters from the Twilight universe, sticking closely to the rules set up by Meyer in the encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide. They worked closely with both Meyer and producer Cathy Schulman, who serves on the board of Women in Film, on honing their shorts. 

“This was the perfect opportunity to show the work of our philanthropy, which is to support and bring eyeballs to the work of female filmmakers,” said Schulman. 

Take a look at the shorts below and make your pick. And you won’t be the only ones determining the winner. Also involved in the selection are WIF and Lionsgate judges, Meyer, actresses Kate Winslet, Kristen Stewart, Octavia Spencer, and Julie Bowen, Frozen writer/director Jennifer Lee, and Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.

The Mary Alice Brandon File (Kailey and Samantha Spear)

The Mary Alice Brandon File

Watch #TwilightStories short THE MARY ALICE BRANDON FILE and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!Set as a moody period drama with a pinch of Gothic mystery, THE MARY ALICE BRANDON FILE explores Alice’s resilient spirit as her dark past is revealed. Directed by Kailey and Samantha Spear.

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The Groundskeeper (Nicole Eckenroad)

The Groundskeeper

Watch #TwilightStories short THE GROUNDSKEEPER and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!In THE GROUNDSKEEPER, Alice and her fearless confidante grapple with the grave choices they are forced to make when a unique kind of hunter has Alice in his sights. Directed by Nicole Eckenroad.

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Consumed (Maja Fernqvist)

Consumed

Watch #TwilightStories short CONSUMED and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!CONSUMED is the emotional story of Jane’s past. Like her brother Alec, Jane was always “special,” but in their quaint hamlet, their specialness inspires scorn and has terrible consequences until a mysterious stranger comes along and takes an unusual interest in them. Directed by Maja Fernqvist.

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Sunrise (Amanda Tasse):

 

Sunrise

Watch #TwilightStories short SUNRISE and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!Terrified that his own special power has caused so much harm, Benjamin turns away from the world. SUNRISE details Benjamin’s return to his human roots, where he can no longer hide from the girl that stole his heart long ago. Directed by Amanda Tasse.

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Masque (Cate Carson)

Masque

Watch #TwilightStories short film MASQUE and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!After her transformation, Esme’s struggle to overcome her craving for human blood is only intensified by the painful memories of her tragedy-ridden past. In MASQUE, Carlisle helps Esme find hope for the future…and maybe even a family. Directed by Cate Carson.

Posted by The Twilight Saga on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

 

We’ve Met Before (Yulin Kuang)

We’ve Met Before

Watch #TwilightStories short film WE’VE MET BEFORE and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!In WE’VE MET BEFORE, Alice and Jasper meet for the first time…or so it would seem. As the conversation evolves, the history of their true and everlasting love is coyly revealed. Directed by Yulin Kuang.

Posted by The Twilight Saga on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

 

Turncoats (Lindsey Hancock Williamson)

Turncoats

Watch #TwilightStories short TURNCOATS and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, TURNCOATS explores the characters and events that forged Garrett and Carlisle’s enduring friendship. Directed by Lindsey Hancock Williamson.

Posted by The Twilight Saga on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

 

Cast your vote here.