Ask me this is kind of a gross scam, taking advantage of the desperation of indie filmmakers in Canada. You have to pay $150 to enter, then do a two minute trailer. Then, if you are selected to the next round you have to do all of the development groundwork, including a crowdfunding campaign and social media marketing campaign. You also have to do all of your own packaging. Then, once you’ve done all the development work for them, 10 projects will get optioned by Cineplex, probably for $1 but most certainly without any commitment to make the movie. And one project will get $1 million and a commitment to be screened in Cineplex theatres (no commitment of how many theatres or for how long – um, Carlton for a weekend, perhaps?). Cineplex will recoup the cost of the contest itself – like the info sessions and the judges fees – through entry fees (both the $15 entry fee to go to the traveling roadshow events and the $150 entry fee to the contest). Of the $1 million Cineplex will be able to write off most, if not all of it, through tax credits and write-offs for marketing expenses.
So, they commit nothing and get perhaps several dozen teams of filmmakers who will market the Cineplex brand for free over a period of several months. Ick. No. Thanks.
$1 million on table in Cineplex-backed indie-film program » Playback.
Shawn pitches 2 Guys Named Jose on Vimeo.
Clinton wasn’t the only rockstar last week – though he was the most charming. Shawn also pitched our upcoming project, now in development, 2 Guys Named Jose for the curious masses – and industry honchos – who turned out for the Raindance LIVE! AMMUNITION! pitch contest last week. It was a great opportunity to test the ground for the pitch and generate some early interest. We have been working hard on the script and the early stages of production development, including searching out graphic designers, co-production partners, an executive producer, etc.
If you’re interested and love the idea – Lord knows there’s not a lot of great gay-themed feature film comedies out there – then drop us a line and tell us how you’d like to be involved. Or watch this space for further developments (including a stand-alone 2 Guys website/blog).
Never ones to rest on our laurels, even though we’ve got our film in the can, we’re still taking whatever opportunities come along to spread the word while we’re going through the post-production process. Well, this Monday there’s an opportunity with the Raindance Canada “LIVE! AMMUNITION! Pitching Contest”. It’s at Revival (783 College St West), starting at 6:00pm and running till 9:30pm. On behalf of Dangerous Dust Productions (that’s us!), Clinton Pontes will be pitching A Brand New You – after all we still need finishing funds and to build awareness of the film. Clinton, of course, played the charismatically vile Murray in ABNY. But, in addition to the ABNY pitch, we’ll also be pitching our next film – a gay-themed screwball comedy. We’ll be pitching in front of a live audience (barf) and a panel of judges, including indie producers Avi Federgreen, and Marc Sanders, as well as John Galway from the Harold Greenberg Fund and Stephanie McArthur from the Hot Docs Forum.
Want to see Clinton rock the house with his pants on for once? Want to find out more about our upcoming film? Well, come on out, show your support and be part of our debut. Hope to see you there!