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Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival Extreme Films Premiere June 11 Online

June 11, 2003

The 10 short films produced during the ExtremeFilmmaking phase of the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival premiereJune 11 online at Each Chrysler-branded filmfeatures the brand new 2004 Chrysler Pacifica sports tourer and/or the 2004Chrysler Crossfire sports coupe. Film buffs can visit the site throughAugust 3 and vote on their favorite film. After the votes are tallied, themost popular film will be granted the "Viewer's Choice Award" and onevoter, chosen at random, will win a trip for two to Los Angeles this summerto visit the filmmakers at the Chrysler House and tour Universal Studios.During the Extreme Filmmaking Competition in New York City May 1-10, the 10semifinalist filmmakers put their talent into overdrive in anadrenaline-fueled race against the clock. Blending speed with performance,and style with precision, each filmmaker had just 10 days to cast, shoot,edit and premiere a short film.The 10 extreme films available online and eligible for the Viewer's ChoiceAward include:
1. Victor Buhler (London, England) - "One Man's Castle"
2. Kevin Burke (Pittsburgh, PA) - "One Ring Circus"
3. Paul Cotter (Brighton, England) - "Last Hand Standing"
4. Ernst Gossner (Brixlegg, Austria) - "Otto and Anna"
5. Tanja Mairitsch (Vienna, Austria) - "The Fortune Teller"
6. Stephen Marro (New York City, NY) - "Delivery Boy"
7. Andrew Mudge (Sherborn, MA) - "Gabriel y Gato"
8. Scott Perry (Lafayette, LA) - "008"
9. Terry Rietta (Austin, TX) - "The Day I Became A Man"
10. Jim Stedman (San Antonio, TX) - "Charles Gillpatrick: Front DeskClerk"Five finalists were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of industry professionalsat a standing-room-only premiere on May 10 in New York. The finalists,Victor Buhler, Paul Cotter, Tanja Mairitsch, Stephen Marro and Andrew Mudgewill now advance to the next phase of the Chrysler Million Dollar FilmFestival this summer in Los Angeles where they will compete for the grandprize - a $1,000,000 feature film production deal courtesy of Chrysler,Hypnotic and Universal Pictures.In the final stage, the Feature Film Competition, the five finalists willlive together at the Chrysler House in Los Angeles while they each developa feature film production package in partnership with an entertainmentindustry mentor. Working from offices on the Universal Studios lot, thefilmmakers enjoy access to props, sets, costumes, soundstages, and othervaluable production resources from the Universal Studios Operations Group.The feature film production package includes a working script, proposedcast, shooting schedule, budget, movie poster and a fully produced scenefrom the script. In September, the finalists travel to Toronto, where theywill pitch their projects to a judging panel and the winner will be awardedthe $1,000,000 production deal.The Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival is a partnership betweenChrysler, Hypnotic and Universal Pictures, and is one of the largestbranded entertainment campaigns in the auto industry.About Hypnotic
Hypnotic is a New York and Los Angeles based branded entertainment companywith a track record in traditional television and film development,entertainment marketing, and the distribution of short films andanimations. Hypnotic says it offers its brand and agency clients a fully integrated solution,from entertainment strategy and creative development, to the production anddistribution of branded content and programs. Investors include VivendiUniversal, Knowledge Universe, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and WindsorMedia.
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