Indie filmmaking has always been a portal for horror filmmakers looking to break through, and that's been made even easier by the proliferation of digital tools. Sometimes, though, you need a little funding boost ... and it couldn't hurt to have a legend in your corner, either. That's where Clive Barker comes in.
Barker, the legendary horror writer who's ventured into film with projects like Hellraiser, Lord of Illusions and Nightbreed, just announced that he's partnering with Project Greenlight Digital Studios and the horror network Shudder for a horror filmmaking competition that will grant the winner a $300,000 budget and his personal mentorship.
Beginning Feb. 13, aspiring filmmakers will be invited to submit a pitch, one to three minutes long, to the Project Greenlight website. Ten semi-finalists will be selected from those pitches, and from there five finalists will be chosen -- four by a panel of judges and one by fan vote.
Each of the five finalists will get funding to shoot a scene from their pitch and will then take a trip to a Shudder Labs retreat to develop the scenes even more. There a winner will be awarded the $300K and Barker's guidance as executive producer of their film.
"When I was looking for financing while making Hellraiser, I wish there was a studio like Project Greenlight Digital Studios behind me," Barker said. "This 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."
Beyond everything I just described, the contest rules don't seem that specific. Just think of something scary and tell them about it. If you hit the right note, you could be the next low-budget horror great.