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Make My Movie scheme returns

Producer Ant Timpson has teamed up with MPI/Dark Sky Films evp Greg Newman and New Zealand Film Commission CEO Graeme Mason to announce the return of the New Zealand feature project, Make My Movie.

The New Zealand Film Commission and MPI/Dark Sky Films are offering the entire budget to any individual or team who can come up with a synopsis and poster that impresses the public and a panel of judges. MPI will handle worldwide sales.

The first round resulted in the critically acclaimed Peeping T rom-com How To Meet Girls From A Distance. The film was conceived and delivered in less than six months and sold to Madman Entertainment after a festival run in New Zealand.

Timpson and Newman have called the new competition Make My Horror Movie. Tim Riley of Dominion Law structured the deal with assistance from New Zealand Film Commission’s Naomi Wallwork.  

“Having MPI/Dark Sky onboard from day one is a smart way to help us to find a project that can transcend the inherent limitations of a low budget and to select a project that can make a real dent internationally,” said Timpson. “We were all knocked out by the creativity from the first Make My Movie, we have a real chance to find the next Paranormal Activity through this process.”

“We are pleased to be involved in this unique collaboration with Ant Timpson and The New Zealand Film Commission,” said Newman. “This furthers our commitment to developing new talent and to bringing the best in independent genre to the marketplace.”

“We were all really impressed by what the Make My Movie team and How to Meet Girls from a Distance achieved last year,” said NZFC’s Mason.

“We’re proud to support this excellent low-budget initiative and I can’t wait to see what Make My Horror Movie produces this time round.”

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