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Project Pigasus Announces Return Of Statewide High School Screenwriting Competition
Updated November 21, 2017 9:00 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Independent Indiana-based film company Pigasus Pictures, producer of the award-winning feature film "The Good Catholic" and the forthcoming "Ms. White Light," announces the return of Project Pigasus, a statewide screenwriting competition for students in grades 9-12. The 2018 competition is now open, with entries due by Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Presented by Pigasus Horizons, Inc., and in collaboration with professional filmmakers, the winning screenplay will be fully produced by a professional film crew in the contestant's town. Area students will be invited to apprentice on set, learning every aspect of professional filmmaking. The winning film will be submitted for consideration to major film festivals nationwide, and screened in select theaters and distributed online.

"The purpose of Project Pigasus is to find those students who were just like us," said Pigasus Pictures CEO and co-founder Zachary Spicer. "Growing up in Indiana, you often feel so far removed from the film industry. We want to show young people that you don't have to be from a coast, or move to one, to be able to work in this field. And, by producing this short film entirely in-state, our hope is that Project Pigasus will inspire young Hoosier filmmakers, provide opportunities for in-state talent, and generate greater exposure for Indiana's growing film industry."

The 2017 Project Pigasus winner was "Through the Window," written by Kira Daniels of Southwestern High School in Madison, Ind. The film can be viewed at pigasuspictures.com.

When asked what they're looking for in a screenplay, Pigasus Pictures co-founder and COO John Armstrong says, "Write what you know! We want to read stories that can only be told in Indiana, from the point of view of Indiana's young people. Be creative, be inventive, but at the same time, keep it simple."


2018 Project Pigasus from Pigasus Pictures on Vimeo.

For more information and 2018 entry requirements, visit pigasushorizons.org/project-pigasus.

About Pigasus Pictures

Owned and operated by Indiana natives and Indiana University alumni Zachary Spicer and John Armstrong, Pigasus Pictures has created an Indiana-centric production infrastructure and strong working relationships with local business, community and university entities while simultaneously engaging the key industry influencers required to bring a film to market. Following the widespread success of Pigasus Pictures' first feature film "The Good Catholic" featuring Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon," "The Color Purple") and John C. McGinley ("Scrubs," "The Rock"), filmed and edited entirely in Bloomington and named Best Feature Film at the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the film company's forthcoming drama "Ms. White Light" will be the first in a slate of six projects created under a private equity model developed by Pigasus. "Ms. White Light" will feature John Ortiz ("Fast & Furious," "Silver Linings Playbook") and Tony Award winner Judith Light ("Transparent," "Who's the Boss?"). The remaining five projects of the film fund initiative have been secured, including four feature films and two television pilots planned for production in 2018 and 2019. All projects are slated for initial release by 2021. Pigasus Pictures hires a majority of its crew locally, creates internship opportunities with universities (frequently hiring from its intern pool), and works with Indiana high school students on short films.

For more information, visit PigasusPictures.com.



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