Chrysler film contest reaches semi-finals

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Vivendi Universal-backed Hypnotic.com has tapped the 25 quarterfinalists in its Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival and posted each filmmaker’s short film online at Chrysler.com, where Netizens can vote on their favorites. Ten semifinalists will be selected to participate in an Extreme Filmmaking Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Five finalists will then move on to present a pitch, as well as their film’s promotional poster and trailer, to judges who will select the $1 million winner. The 25 filmmakers were selected as the best from more than 400 short films submitted to the contest from around the country. Winners receive a $1 million feature film production deal courtesy of Chrysler, Hypnotic and Universal Pictures. The 25 short films chosen to compete in the online showcase are being screened at Laemmle’s Music Hall theater in Los Angeles from March 11 to 13 to qualify for next year’s Academy Awards consideration.

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