The thirst is real when it comes to anything Twilight, but Twi-hards, have no fear, The Storytellers are here! Author Stephenie Meyer, along with Lionsgate and Women in Film, teamed up and created a contest in which female filmmakers are given the chance to create stories from the franchise we’re all dying to know more of. Seven short films were made and were premiered at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood Monday night.
The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga are seven short films that go into the background origins of characters that we long to know more of, while at the same time promoting women and the importance of making films and telling stories from their perspective. Each film was written and directed by a woman.
Three of the films were based on Alice Cullen. In The Groundskeeper, we see Alice in an asylum right before she is turned. She already poses some kind of premonition ability, but in this story we’re introduced to her maker. We see Alice again in an asylum in Mary Alice Brandon File, where we meet her family and discover a dark past which led to her memories being erased. Lastly, we see the story of when Alice meets Jasper at a diner in We’ve Met Before, featuring the beginning of sweet love story.
The stories continue with Carlisle and Esme Cullen. In Turncoats, we see Carlisle tend to a wounded soldier in the Revolutionary War with a very interesting twist. In Masque, we see Esme’s back-story and the struggle she had containing her thirst. Sunrise is the love story between Benjamin and Tia from the Egyptian coven. Jane and Alec’s back-story in Consumed shows how Aro meets the twins when they were little and then finally turns them as teens, when they end up killing everyone in their village with their powers.
Originally there was only six winners who were provided with $50,000 budgets to shoot their film. Masque was selected as the wild card entry but was not given any money, and therefore had a smaller budget to manage making the film. All the films had Twilight elements; whether it was the cinematography, the speed element, the ever-changing eye colors, the feeling was as if they were part of the original five.
If you couldn’t make it to the screening, don’t worry; you can see the films here: The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga
Over 1,300 scripts were submitted and 150 directors made pitches, and now you can vote on who wins the $100,000 grand price. Once you’re done watching, vote for your favorite. The winner is also selected by Women in Film, Lionsgate judges, which are Kate Winslet, Kristen Stewart, Octavia Spencer, Julie Bowen, Jennifer Lee, and Catherine Hardwicke.