Winner Will Receive $100,000 to Create Their Own Film, Meet with the Film’s Acclaimed Director Ava DuVernay, Win a Trip to Hollywood to Attend the World Premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” and a New Car


BURBANK, Calif. (January 19, 2018) – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Nissan North America are launching a nationwide search for the next visionary filmmaker in celebration of the upcoming release of “A Wrinkle in Time.”

The contest seeks to inspire innovative directors – especially female filmmakers – to step up and share their voice. Aspiring directors ages 18 and up must submit a 2-minute video showcasing their journey as a filmmaker. Submissions will be judged on their unique storytelling voice, their creativity and originality and their depiction of one of the most powerful lines of dialogue in the film, “Be a Warrior.”

DuVernay wrote, produced and directed her first narrative feature “I Will Follow” in 2010 on a budget of $50,000. What makes this filmmaking challenge unique is that the winner will receive the financial resources to make their own film, which is one of the biggest hurdles facing aspiring filmmakers.

“I’m thrilled to stand with Nissan and Disney to launch this dynamic contest with the goal of supporting an emerging filmmaker to think big, be bold and move forward bravely,” says DuVernay.

“Searching for the Next Visionary Filmmaker” will award one lucky winner $100,000 to create their own film, flights to Hollywood on JetBlue to attend the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” and an all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF. Other sponsors include W Hotels, providing the winner’s stay in Hollywood and HP, awarding an HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation to assist the winner with their filmmaking process.

“We’re living in a time when we’re all obsessed with what’s next and, as the world leader in electric vehicles, we are thrilled the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF, a car you can buy today, can be part of the forward-thinking vision of “A Wrinkle in Time,” says Jeremy Tucker, Vice President, Marketing Communications & Media, Nissan North America. “Creating a successful future will take collaboration, and Nissan is proud to support the visionary filmmakers working to imagine tomorrow, today.”

Official contest rules are available at: www.AWITFilmChallenge.com.


About the Film:

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light. Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” stars: Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Michael Peňa as Red, Storm Reid as Meg Murry, Levi Miller as Calvin, Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace with Zach Galifianakis as the Happy Medium and Chris Pine as Mr. Murry. “A Wrinkle in Time” opens nationwide on March 9, 2018.


**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 US/DC, 18 years & older only. Void in U.S. territories/possessions & where prohibited. Begins 1/19/18 at 5:00:00 AM PT, ends 2/2/18 at 6:00:00 PM PT. For Official Rules and complete details, including prize description, visit www.AWITFilmChallenge.com. Limit one entry per person. Sponsor: ABC, Inc. d/b/a Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 500 S. Buena Vista, Burbank, CA  91521. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any portion of the prize in its sole discretion.

About Shari K. Green

Shari became fascinated by films when at the age of seven she saw a movie being made in front of her house. As a teenager she immersed herself in the culture of film working on stage and then became a cinephile, working in a video store. Since then she expanded into film criticism writing for the last eight years and she has now written, directed and produced several short films and is currently working on a feature film project with her production company, Good Stew Productions, which she created with a few of her friends. Her favorite movies are “The Big Chill” and “Lonely Boy” and she enjoys watching Woody Allen films above all others.

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