Watch: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Announce ‘Project Greenlight’ Details in Promo

Aspiring directors now have the go ahead to enter their submissions to “Project Greenlight,” according to a promo released Wednesday by HBO featuring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The series, which first aired on the premium cable channel in 2001, had exec producer Matt Damon and Ben Affleck at its helm.

Damon and Affleck are back again to exec produce the show that focuses on first-time filmmakers being given the chance to direct a feature film.

In the promo Affleck jokes, “Clearly we haven’t had any new ideas in the intervening 13 years.” Damon adds, “Not a fresh idea.”

The filmmaker duo, whose first film together “Good Will Hunting” received great critical acclaim, said the filmmaker who wins the series will direct a “Hollywood vetted script” through all levels of production. Damon and Affleck said they will be mentors to the winner and they will have access to industry veterans.

Filmmakers looking to enter the TV contest should go to and submit a 3-minute short film they have directed. To keep up with the times, all submissions are digital.

When HBO first announced they were reviving the series, Affleck said in a statement in April, “’Project Greenlight’ was ahead of its time. Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away.”

Adaptive Studios’ Marc Joubert, TJ Barrack, Perrin Chiles and Marshal Lewy and Miramax’s Zanne Devine will also produce the show.

The digital submission period closes August 8.

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  1. One Potato two potato says:

    This will be favored toward the very young. Or it will be awarded to the sister or brother of someone famous. If you’re normal, you stand no chance of winning.

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