The Twilight Saga to live on in short films exclusively for Facebook; Kristen to serve on panel of mentors

Exciting news for both Twihards and aspiring filmmakers!

From HitFlix:

Twi-hards and/or starry-eyed wannabe filmmakers, listen up: you too can direct your very own “Twilight” movie.

In a multi-faceted partnership with Facebook, the Hollywood professional organization Women In Film, crowdsourcing platform Tongal and “Twilight Saga” author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate Films announced today a new “multiphase” social media contest in which a lucky group of aspiring female filmmakers will get the chance to direct a series of short films based on “a broad spectrum” of characters from the “Twilight” universe.

Entitled “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” the campaign will enlist “at least five” female filmmakers to direct the short films with the guidance of a “blue chip panel of advisors” including Meyer, “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart, actresses Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, “Frozen” writer and co-director Jennifer Lee, “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke, “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.

The five winning films selected by the panel (to be financed through “production advances”) will then debut exclusively on Facebook next year. In addition, one grand prize winner – selected with the help of fans engaged through the Facebook and Tongal platforms – will be rewarded with “a cash prize and career opportunities.”

“We’re delighted to expand our longstanding relationship with Stephenie and confident that her participation in the ‘Twilight’ short films campaign will add an exciting new dimension to the incredible world she has created as an author and producer,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns in a statement. “Our partnership with Facebook and Women In Film underscores the opportunities for growing our franchises in exciting new directions, and we’re pleased to introduce fresh creative talent to the ‘Twilight’ universe as part of our commitment to female empowerment in front of and behind the camera.”

“Accessing Hollywood is a momentous challenge, especially for aspiring female filmmakers, so I‘m thrilled that Women In Film has been invited to join Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Facebook to empower new storytellers with diverse voices,” added Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.  “Women In Film is proud to help recruit and mentor female filmmakers as part of a project that illustrates the power of a beloved book and movie franchise to lessen the gender gap in our film community and provide a platform for women’s perspectives to be seen and heard.”

Chimed in Meyer:

“The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry. I’m honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.”

Source: Hitflix

First Look From Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga Extras

Entertainment Tonight has given us the first look into the extras that will come with the “Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga”  box set that will be released on Blu-ray/Dvd on November 5th and in less than 90 seconds of footage we get so many goodies including bloopers, we cannot wait to see what else will be released.

Just in time for the holidays, the ultimate Twilight movie gift pack has arrived and we’ve got a sneak peek of the DVD/Blu-ray box set featuring all of the films of the saga and more than two hours of never-before-seen bonus footage and features!

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the theatrical debut of the first Twilight film, Summit Entertainment will release Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga, which in addition to the bonus features also includes 10 hours of all the Twilight features ever created.

The set also includes a commemorative photo album, extended scenes and music videos, a 6-part documentary and previously unreleased behind-the-scenes moments with the cast — including some hilarious bloopers involving Twilight mega-stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

Catherine Hardwicke to Host #TwilightThrowback on Her Twitter & Instagram

Catherine Hardwicke, the director of TWILIGHT, announced on her Twitter Monday that she will be participating in a Twitter and Instagram #TwilightThrowback. Be sure to tweet @C_Hardwicke any questions you have for her regarding TWILIGHT using the hashtag #TwilightThrowback!