Dark Sky Films Announces New Production Partnership at Cannes

We just got word that a new production partnership has been formed between Dark Sky Films and Ant Timpson. Check out the official press release below.




Cannes May 19, 2013 – Producer Ant Timpson and Greg Newman (EVP MPI/Dark Sky Films) and New Zealand Film Commission CEO Graeme Mason announced today the return of MAKE MY MOVIE, the highly successful New Zealand feature film project.


The New Zealand Film Commission and MPI/Dark Sky Films are financing a low budget feature film scheme in which the entire budget will be given away to any individual/team who can come up with a synopsis & poster that wows the public and the in-house gurus. The first round resulted in the critically acclaimed kiwi peeping-tom rom-com HOW TO MEET GIRLS FROM A DISTANCE. That film was conceived and delivered in less than six months, it was then sold to Madman Entertainment after a highly successful festival run in New Zealand.


This time around Exec Producer Ant Timpson sought support from Greg Newman and MPI and upped the stakes calling it MAKE MY HORROR MOVIE with a focus entirely on the horror genre.


“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. 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” said Timpson.


Greg Newman, EVP MPI/Dark Sky said, “We are pleased to be involved in this unique collaboration with Ant Timpson and The New Zealand Film Commission.  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.  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” says NZFC Chief Executive Graeme Mason.


The deal was structured by Tim Riley of Dominion Law with assistance from NZFC’s Naomi Wallwork.  MPI will cover Worldwide Sales.


The MPI/Dark Sky Films brand includes the successful genre films The House of the Devil, Stake Land, The Innkeepers, Frankenstein’s Army, Hatchet III, Stitches and the upcoming Late Phases.

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