The contest, The Storytellers: New Voices of The Twilight Saga, pulled in 1,300 scripts and 150 director pitches, but only seven films made the final cut. These finalists — seven female directors and eight female screenwriters — debuted their mini-movies on Monday night, walking down the red carpet with Meyer, of course.
"It's been really exciting to do something, maybe not on a huge scale, but on a small scale to get more female voices out there," Stephenie Meyers said at the premiere, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The shorts were released to the public on Tuesday via The Twilight Saga's Facebook page. You can check out all seven of them and vote now for your favorites — but we won't be the only ones with a say in who takes the $100,000 prize. Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Jennifer Lee (director of Frozen) are just a few others who'll be judging the contest.
However, fans are already taking to Facebook and voicing their opinions, particularly on these two:
Watch #TwilightStories short THE GROUNDSKEEPER and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!In THE GROUNDSKEEPER, Alice and her fearless confidante grapple with the grave choices they are forced to make when a unique kind of hunter has Alice in his sights. Directed by Nicole Eckenroad.Posted by The Twilight Saga on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
OK, we know fans can be very protective of their favorite stories (cough, Game of Thrones, cough), but some of these comments are just plain harsh.
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Watch #TwilightStories short CONSUMED and vote for the grand prize winner at http://lions.gt/votetwstories!CONSUMED is the emotional story of Jane's past. Like her brother Alec, Jane was always "special," but in their quaint hamlet, their specialness inspires scorn and has terrible consequences until a mysterious stranger comes along and takes an unusual interest in them. Directed by Maja Fernqvist.Posted by The Twilight Saga on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
On the other hand, there is lots of positive support for the mini-movies, with several comments asking for extended versions and if the films will eventually be made into feature length. Consumed, in particular, tugged on some heartstrings.
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