Rising Filmmaker Patrick Boivin Wins Openfilm's Competiton! He Gets to Make His Full-Feature Film! Congrats! 

OpenFilm.com, an online destination serving the independent film market (I also have an OpenFilm.com page, check it out here), has announced the winner of the company's second "Get It Made" competition.

Rising filmmaker Patrick Boivin was crowned and given the $500,000 award which will help the Canadian-born talent to produce his full feature film!

More than 100 online submissions were received, and in the end, Boivin's zombie flick, "Le Queloune," emerged as the winner! According to OpenFilm, "Boivin returns to his roots in horror movies to re-explore the zombie genre and give the zombie what other filmmakers never have: feelings. Shot on location in Normandy in only three days, the film follows a clown through his transition into a zombie in a manner that is as gruesome as it is funny."

The top 10 highest-rated films, six of which were selected by Openfilm's member and fan base, were screened by the sites' executive team and Advisory Board - which includes Chairman James Caan, Robert Duvall, Scott Caan and Mark Rydell.

Congratulations Mister Patrick Boivin, now don't waste that $500,000 and make a great film, please? :happy

Here's the full press release:

June 16, 2011 - MIAMI - Openfilm.com, an online destination serving the independent film market, today announced rising filmmaker Patrick Boivin as winner of the company's second "Get It Made" competition. The $500,000 award will help the Canadian-born Boivin produce a feature film that showcases the unique skills and storytelling style for which he is rapidly gaining popularity and acclaim.

"Get It Made" competitions are designed with the intent of helping aspiring filmmakers make their dream productions a reality. Openfilm.com, owned and operated by technology services provider and Internet publisher Net Element (OTCQB:NETE), is a video technology and content delivery platform dedicated to unveiling and supporting talented independent filmmakers in a top-tier social community with other industry elite.

Boivin's winning entry, "Le Queloune," was selected from more than 100 other online submissions. In this production, Boivin returns to his roots in horror movies to re-explore the zombie genre and give the zombie what other filmmakers never have: feelings. Shot on location in Normandy in only three days, the film follows a clown through his transition into a zombie in a manner that is as gruesome as it is funny.

"Since its inception, Openfilm has been a valuable ally for filmmakers to have in our corner, and the 'Get It Made' competition is a prime example of how Openfilm supports our industry and our dreams," said Boivin, 37. "I am honored to have won, and I am excited knowing this financing and support will help me to pursue the most ambitious project of my career to date."

All competition submissions were posted online for members of the film community to view and vote for their favorite short film. The top 10 highest-rated films, six of which were selected by Openfilm's member and fan base, were screened by the sites' executive team and Advisory Board - which includes Chairman James Caan, Robert Duvall, Scott Caan and Mark Rydell. The competition does not put creative restrictions on entrants in order to promote artistic freedom and variety. Winning entries were selected based on criteria that included production value, potential for adaptation into feature-length films, probability for commercial success as well as the filmmaker's compatibility with Openfilm and ability to become a potential long-term Openfilm partner. Rather than turn Boivin's winning short film into a feature-length film, the Film Review Advisory Committee opted to depart from its standard practice and instead finance production of another Boivin film that showcases his unique skills and style. The film will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Choosing a winner was not an easy feat," said Richard Lappenbusch, NETE's president and COO. "All of the submissions were outstanding in their own right, but it was Boivin's range, creative edge and storytelling perspective that led to the final decision."

Apart from winning this competition, Boivin has been commissioned to create and produce several viral videos, including Google's "Nexus One," and is rapidly gaining popularity as an interactive video production pioneer through such sites as YouTube, where his videos have garnered millions of views. Boivin, an Openfilm.com veteran and one of the host sites' original 30 members, is best known for his production of stop-motion films. In addition to directing, he often gets involved in almost every aspect of his films, including lighting, editing, animation, special effects and score.

"Boivin's work caught Openfilm's eye from the start -- a wild ride of artistic, cultural and technical mash-ups that keeps viewers engaged and generates a wide array of emotional reactions," James Caan said. "We hope our investment in Boivin helps to further unleash his creativity and inspire other talented minds to pursue their passion."

Recently, the winner of the first "Get It Made" competition, Val Lauren, was cast in the title role for James Franco's upcoming Sal Mineo biopic, tentatively titled 'Sal.' Lauren was selected as the winner in September 2010 for submission of his short film, "Help," which the actor is slated to adapt into a feature film.

"Openfilm was founded with goal and vision to help undiscovered filmmakers succeed in the industry," Lappenbusch said. "The talent in this competition has surpassed expectations, and as an organization we can only hope to see an influx of high-quality, passionate filmmakers."

About Openfilm

Openfilm.com, with headquarters in Miami, is an online video technology company dedicated to advancing the world of independent film by providing a platform for filmmakers to expand their careers and gain visibility and revenues for their work. Its Advisory Board, which includes Chairman James Caan, along with Scott Caan, Robert Duvall and Mark Rydell, plays an active role in helping Openfilm transform the way independent films are discovered, financed and distributed. Through its $500,000 "Get It Made" competition, which discovers and produces talent, the company is propelling the careers of independent filmmakers. Openfilm is one of several content-driven, vertically focused sites operated by Net Element (OTCQB:NETE), a technology services provider and Internet publisher of digital destinations powered by its rich video technologies (3D, HD and mobile). Its platform supports a network of content-driven, vertically focused applications for consumer, professional and business marketplaces. For more information about Openfilm, visit www.openfilm.com.

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Get Ready for "Les Miserables" the Movie! Hugh Jackman May Star! 

Like many of you, I love "Les Miserables" the musical! The Cameron Mackintosh production, with help from French writing team of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, is a brilliant staging of Victor Hugo's classic.

Now, Tom Hooper, the Academy Award-winning director of "The King's Speech," is set to direct the Universal and Working Title's big-screen adaptation and Hugh Jackman may star, according to The Hollywood Reporter. William Nicholson wrote the script.

Jackman is in talks to play Jean Valjean, the guardian of Cosette. The 19th century French rebellion is the backdrop of this masterpiece.

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Is Steven Spieberg Planning "Jurassic Park 4?" 

This news got me excited. I'm a monster movie addict and "Jurassic Park" was one of the best monster movies we've seen in a long while. The first two "Jurassic" movies were fun, but the last one from director Joe Johnston was horrible.

So I welcomed the news that Steven Spielberg has been meeting with screenwriter Mark Protosevich to talk about rebooting the "Jurassic Park" franchise. Yay! :happy

And according to The Hollywood Reporter, the iconic director has met with the writer not once but twice to brainstorm story ideas for "Jurassic Park 4."

But mind you, both Universal and Spielberg's camp, while not denying that a meeting of minds have occurred (or will continue to occur?), stressed that "the discussions have been purely exploratory." Sure, sure, sure.

Protosevich recently received story credit for "Thor," and co-wrote the screenplay for "I Am Legend." He also wrote "The Cell" and "Poseidon" which kind of make me think twice -- is the writer really good? 'Cause both "The Cell" and "Poseidon" are bad movies!

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Quentin Tarantino's Latest Revenge Opus Gets Release Date! 

Like many of Quentin Tarantino's projects, his upcoming film, "Django Unchained," is met with rumors and excitement! Here's what we know about the movie, it's going to be a revenge flick with an ex-slave exacting vengeance.

According to our friends at ScreenRant, "Django Unchained" will hit theaters on December 25th, 2012 -- just in time to spread holiday cheer :happy

Rumors are circulating on who will play the lead role. Will Smith, Idris Elba, and Jamie Foxx have all been talked about. But I'm very interested to see Smith in a Tarantino film. I think it'll bring out his edge not seen since 1993's "Six Degrees of Separation."

So far, Leonardo DiCaprio is the only one who may be set to appear in "Django Unchained." He will play the part of a plantation owner who owns Django's wife.

Christoph Waltz, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the last Tarantino film, "Inglourious Basterds," may return to his Hans Landa's German roots to play a German bounty hunter who helps Django rescue his wife.

Samuel Jackson, a perennial Tarantino favorite, may also star as DiCaprio's right hand man. He will play an older slave who, according to ScreenRant, is an "expert manipulator" who wants to bring Django down.

At first glance, it's kind of boring that Tarantino is making yet another "revenge" film, but on the other hand, the auteur has such unique vision that I will pretty much watch any movie he makes!

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David O. Russell to Direct "Maleficent?" 

It's a story you saw first on mannythemovieguy.com, we reported in May of 2009 that Angelina Jolie was being courted to play the wicked Maleficent in Disney's retelling of "Sleeping Beauty." (See EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie to Star as Disney's Greatest Villain Maleficent!)

In the beginning, Brad Bird was rumored to make his first live-action debut with "Maleficent," but then Tim Burton was also talked about, and now, "The Fighter's" David O. Russell is supposedly negotiating to helm the Linda Woolverton script according to The Hollywood Reporter. BUT, many insiders are also saying there are other names in the mix as well!

So only time will tell who gets to direct Jolie in the fantasy epic. But the big question, is the actress still interested?

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