November 26, 2002
Canadian filmmakers can now enter Chrysler film festival
Windsor, Ontario – Chrysler today announced its participation
in the second annual Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival (Chrysler MDFF). In
cooperation with Hypnotic and Universal Pictures, Chrysler is extending the
competition’s submission base to include Canadian filmmakers for its 2003
The year-long Chrysler MDFF program rewards an emerging filmmaker with a
$1,000,000 US feature film production deal courtesy of Chrysler, Hypnotic and
Universal Pictures. The competition currently marks one of the automotive
industry’s strongest commitments to filmed entertainment.
While the program will correspond to the existing Chrysler Million Dollar
Film Festival schedule, it will also feature several stand-alone film programs
specifically tailored to local Canadian film markets. The program will reach
out to Canadian film schools, film festivals and film organizations and will
be promoted through theatrical marketing.
“The Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival provides an excellent platform
for us to showcase our exciting 2003 Chrysler vehicles to a young and creative
audience,” said Pearl Davies, Chrysler/Jeep Brand Manager. “The competition
further strengthens our company’s continued commitment to arts and education.”
The 2003 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival is currently accepting
qualified short film submissions at www.chrysler.com through December 14, 2002
from American and Canadian residents. From these submissions, twenty-five (25)
filmmakers will be selected to travel next year to Park City, Utah where they
will participate in a branded entertainment workshop to kick-off the
development of a Chrysler-branded short film script.
From this phase, ten filmmakers will be selected to travel to New
York City, where they will have only 10 days to cast, shoot, edit and premiere
their five-minute Chrysler-branded short films. The final round of the
filmmaking competition requires the five finalists, while living in Los
Angeles and being mentored by entertainment industry executives, to develop a
$1,000,000 US feature film package. This package includes the production of a
movie scene, poster and other promotional materials relating to their project.
The feature film competition concludes in September when the finalists pitch
their projects to a panel of industry executives in Toronto and the winner
will be announced.