Project Greenlight Returns and Down to the Final 20 Submissions

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It seems like this post is straight out of the past. I remember vividly the first ever Project Greenlight back in 2001. It was a brilliant concept ahead of its time. Started by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon they created the series to find undiscovered directors from around the country.

The series ran for 3 seasons (2001, 2003 and 2005) and then disappeared. That changed this year when Ben and Matt announced a new season. They believed the that technology had changed enough to dust off the series and relaunch.

The original series never gained a ton of traction with the final projects but I believe that was in large part due to tradition distribution methods of the day.  I think with all the new digital distribution platforms and most critically the advancement in streaming on the web this is a great idea to be brought back to life.

The status of the current series stands with the total submissions have been narrowed to the top 20.  It is worth checking out the remaining 20 films and vote for your favorite.  They are all between 1-3 minutes so they need not take a lot of your time.

What are you waiting for?  Go watch some films!

What is Project Greenlight?

Project Greenlight is a documentary series on HBO – executive-produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck — that takes a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director. The show begins with a digital competition, and will follow the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production. Equipped with a Hollywood-vetted script and surrounded by a team of industry professionals, the fledging director must learn to cope with pressure from the studio and producers, surviving on-set politics and leading a veteran cast and crew, while trying to deliver a viable movie – on schedule and on budget.

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Project Greenlight

Project Greenlight FAQs

What does the winning filmmaker get?

The winning filmmaker gets to direct a feature film.

When is public Facebook voting active?

The public Facebook vote will be open from 3:00:01 PM ET on September 15, 2014 to 11:59:59 PM ET on September 26, 2014. All eligible Facebook account owners may vote for only one of the top 20 short films.

What are the requirements for voting on the Top 20?

1. You must have a valid Facebook account and ID.
2. You must be 18 or older as of September 15, 2014 and be located within the 50 U.S. States or the District of Columbia.

How many times can I vote?

There is a one vote limit per Facebook ID for the duration of the public Facebook voting period. So make sure you pick wisely and don’t waste your vote.

Can I fast forward through the short films?

Nope! Before you vote for a short film you must have viewed it in its entirety. You can watch a short film more than once before voting for it, but you cannot fast forward the first time.

I voted but changed my mind and want to vote for someone else – how?

You can’t change your vote once it is cast. One vote per Facebook ID only.

Can I keep watching short films after I have voted?

Yes. But we suggest you watch them all BEFORE you vote since you will only get one vote. You can watch them again after voting, if you wish.

Read the full Project Greenlight FAQs.

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(cover photo credit: snap from Project Greenlight)


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