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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Red Horizon on the rise

Nova Scotian film burning through CineCoup competition

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

click to enlarge A still from Red Horizon's trailer
  • A still from Red Horizon's trailer

Kris Booth, Frances Leary and Andrea McCullough are the team of three who are representing Nova Scotia in the first annual CineCoup film competition as one of the top 10 finalist teams with their film Red Horizon.

 In its first year, the CineCoup competition has selected 10 feature film projects, piloted by Canadian directors, which are currently being packaged and promoted in hopes of winning the final prize of a $1,000,000 production budget and a financed Cineplex release. CineCoup is hopeful they will be able to help find funding for all nine projects, but there can only be one winner.

 The competition is currently in its tenth week and for their film,Red Horizon, the Nova Scotian trio have already completed nine of the “missions” necessary for the competition, including a trailer.

 Red Horizon, described as being an “actor-driven piece” with Hitchcock-like elements, will be a psychological thriller set in a spaceship while six best friends begin to turn on each other. As part of the CineCoup competition, whether Red Horizon wins will be dictated by the audiences’ reaction.

 Aiming to get people participating in Canadian film, the competition watches how the audience engages with the videos from the film projects, particularly through social media as they also monitor conversations outside of the competition website to help narrow down the competition.

 An online vote will be opening on the CineCoup website on May 30th and will be open until June 3rd to cut out five of the current competing film projects.

 You may be asking, why is their only one Nova Scotia team representing?

Despite having had 50 RSVPs, when the CineCoup cross-country tour came to The Hart & Thistle Gastropub back in February, according to Booth, the writer and director of Red Horizon, the turnout for the event was not great and led to Red Horizon being one of the few submissions from the east coast.

 Both Booth and Leary, who is the marketing strategist for the team, say being one of the few Nova Scotian teams to enter the contest has been an advantage, but they hope next year more teams will enter.

 “It’s been fun building a relationship with the film community,” says Leary. They’re quick to confirm if they win, their film will be made in Nova Scotia, completely under the one million dollar budget.

 Both are intent on emphasizing the fact that as much as they want to win, for them, the competition is about making people more aware of the Canadian film industry.

 “I have this shirt that says ‘Canadian is not a genre’,” says Booth, and adds that for him, it’s more then just a t-shirt. He clarifies, “To me, a Canadian film is a film made by a Canadian”.

 Thinking about submitting something next year? Booth’s advice to filmmakers thinking of entering the competition for next year is as follows, “Believe in the process and go in being truthful to who you are and have enthusiasm for the movie you want to make”.

 Leary adds in, “Be willing to take risks and have fun. You can’t take yourself too seriously”.    The winning film project will be screened in January 2014

Watch the Red Horizon trailer below

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