Clive Barker, the openly gay auteur behind such horror classics as Nightbreed, Candyman and the bondage-tastic Hellraiser, has announced that he will give $300,000 to an aspiring horror filmmaker via his Reel Fear initiative. Barker will also mentor the fledgling filmmaker.
The Hollywood Reporter writes:
From Feb. 13 to March 17, filmmakers can head projectgreenlight.com to upload a pitch (one to three minutes) of an original horror film concept. Ten semi-finalists will be selected and voted on by the public as well as a judging panel. The winner of the audience vote will advance, along with four chosen by the judges. Those five finalists will receive funding to shoot a short scene to show off their chops.
In June, the finalists will be invited to the second annual Shudder Labs, a creative retreat where they will receive more guidance on how to enhance their scenes. Then one winner will be selected to develop their film with Barker serving as executive producer.
It sounds like a fantastic opportunity for a spooky, talented young artist. Barker’s work has always been thought-provoking and innovative, and now he’s giving us all a chance to hear a fresh new voice.