Congratulations, Jason Mann
The fourth season of Project Greenlight asked entrants to submit a 3-minute film for the opportunity to direct an HBO film, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, with mentoring from the Farrelly Brothers. Watch the new season on HBO.
The fourth season of Project Greenlight started in July 2014 with a filmmaker contest. Entrants were asked to submit a three-minute film in any genre to be considered for the opportunity to direct a feature film for HBO, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, with the Farrelly Brothers as mentors. More than 5000 filmmakers submitted. Those entries were narrowed down to a Top 200 by the Project Greenlight community who voted on Facebook for the films based on a series of criteria.
The Top 200 filmmakers were then asked to submit bio videos, which were reviewed by Project Greenlight’s producers. The Top 20 semi-finalists were again voted on by the community and the judges. The Top 12 finalists were selected and flown to Los Angeles in November 2014 to meet with the panel of judges, who included Matt and Ben, the Farrellys, President of HBO Films Len Amato, and others. The winner, Jason Mann, was announced by Matt and Ben at a special kickoff event in Hollywood. Season Four of ProjectGreenlight chronicles Jason’s journey from contest winner to feature film director.
The winning filmmaker got to direct a feature film on HBO.
What is Project Greenlight?
Project Greenlight is a documentary series on HBO – executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck -- that takes a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director. The show begins with a digital competition, and will follow the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production. Equipped with a Hollywood-vetted script and surrounded by a team of industry professionals, the fledging director must learn to cope with pressure from the studio and producers, surviving on-set politics and leading a veteran cast and crew, while trying to deliver a viable movie – on schedule and on budget.
What did the winning filmmaker get?
The winning filmmaker got to direct a feature film.
What were the various rounds of the competition?
Submission Period of the competition took place from 9:00:01 PM ET on July 24, 2014 to 11:59:59 PM ET on August 8, 2014.
Round 1 took place from 12:00:01 AM ET on July 30, 2014 to 11:59:59 PM ET on August 22, 2014. Contest participants (both contestants and those registering to be judges) could review and rate the short films during Round 1.
Round 2 involved identifying the top 200 rated short films from Round 1 and subsequently asking the contestants who made them to submit a two minute bio video about themselves. The top 200 contestants were notified after the conclusion of Round 1 and had to submit their bio video by 11:59:59 PM ET on September 3, 2014.
Round 3 involved taking the top 20 contestants, based on their short film and bio video, and posting their short films on Facebook for a public vote of all Facebook account holders who were over the age of eighteen and were located in the fifty United States or the District of Columbia. The public vote was open from 3:00:01 PM ET on September 15, 2014 to 11:59:59 PM ET on September 26, 2014. The winner of the public vote automatically became one of the ten finalists. The remaining nine finalists were determined by a panel of judges, consisting of individuals from the entertainment industry.
Round 4 involved the ten finalists directing, filming and submitting a scene based on a script provided to them. The panel of judges then determined the grand prize winner.