Australian production outfit Cyan Films has picked up 100 Bloody Acres, winner of the horror section of the Slamdance 2010 screenwriting competition.
100 Bloody Acres, written by Colin and Cameron Cairne, is being produced by Julie Ryan (Ten Canoes) and Kate Croser (My Tehran For Sale), with executive producers Jonathan Page (Mary And Max) and Chris Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite).
The horror-comedy, due to shoot next spring, follows three youngsters stuck in the Australian outback who hitch a ride from a dangerous local farmer.
Producer Julie Ryan said: “I won’t deny that I’ve had my eye on this project since I met Colin and Cameron at the last IndiVision lab in 2008, and it’s no surprise that it won the Slamdance competition. The script is a perfect horror film.”
The film received development funding from Film Victoria and Australia Film Commission’s IndiVision.
Previous Slamdance competition-winning screenplays acquired for production include Nicole Kassell and Stephen Fechter’s The Woodsman and Joshua Marston’s Maria Full Of Grace.
The Slamdance Film Festival runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival in Utah at the end of January.