It’s a very exciting day for Twilight fans. No less than SEVEN new short films based in the saga’s universe have been released.
Last year, author Stephenie Meyer challenged female fans (soz, fellas) to write screenplays based on the origins of her characters in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide.
In February, she selected seven of these to be made into mini-movies for The Storytellers: New Voices Of Twilight Saga.
The writers had to be over the age of 13 and their brief was to pen tales that focused on one character. The only catch was that they had to be set before Twilight protagonist Bella Swan arrived in Forks.
Stephenie had teamed up with an all-female panel to judge the entries, which included Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen.
They also mentored the filmmakers and assisted with producing and directing.
At the time, Kristen, 25, backed the project with the inspiring words: ‘I am where I am because of all the strong women who came before me to help pave the way.
‘Now is the time for the next generation of female filmmakers to take a stand and tell their stories.’
So what are the results? Well for starters, they’re all pretty dark.
We find out more about Alice Cullen’s time in asylums, Esme Cullen’s struggle to control her thirst for blood and Jane and Alec being accused of witchcraft.
A slightly more romantic story shows how Alice and Jasper first met in Philadelphia. Aw.
The talented winner will receive $100,000, a new Volvo and a trip for two to LA. But more importantly, it’s a great step for another talented female filmmaker to enter the industry.
Fans can watch the finalists’ work and vote for their favourite on Tongal until 22 July.