Directors back Web contest

Schrader, LaBute, Penn back online competition

Filmmakers such as Paul Schrader, Neil LaBute and Zak Penn are throwing their weight behind a Project Greenlight-type of competition on the Web for producer Deepak Nayar and exec producer Thomas Augsberger.

Duo’s site, Filmaka.com, is holding a series of contests for one-to-three-minute shorts from unknown filmmakers and will award more than $150,000 in prize money during the year.

Site will also hand out a feature deal with Nayar’s Kintop Pictures to one winner.

Decisions will be made by a mix of peer and jury voting. Pros on the juries include Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Schrader, LaBute and Penn.

Site may also license the shorts and share revenue with filmmakers.

Move, part of a larger trend to use technology to discover talent, is in keeping with the idea of Bravo’s “Project Greenlight,” whose winners have made deals with the likes of Dimension.

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