Twihards, prepare yourselves.
In a move that will please vampire lovers, women, and vampire-loving women everywhere, Kristen Stewart is becoming a mentor in a project to revive the Twilight film franchise and support women directors.
Facebook, Women In Film, Tongal, Lionsgate, and series author Stephenie Meyer are partnering to release a series of short films based on Twilight characters (does this mean that we'll finally find out what happens to Charlie? Renesmee?!) in a campaign titled, "The Storytellers–New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga." Each will be directed by an aspiring female filmmaker, who will produce the film under the guidance of a panel of big-time female actors that include Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, and Julie Bowen, as well as Meyer, Frozen director Jennifer Lee, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, and Women in Film president Cathy Schulman, which basically makes it an industry powerhouse.
The women will select five winning shorts to appear on Facebook next year. Fans then will vote for the best film, and that female director will receive a cash prize and career opportunities, according to Lionsgate's press release for the project. In an industry where the majority of directors are male, the initiative is one "dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively," Meyer said in a statement. "The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked in the film industry." And to the rest of us, too. We'll have our popcorn ready for the girl-powered vampire extravaganza.
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