Video clips in the Showcase will include a sneak peek at a trailer featuring three of the finalist films chosen in the Chrysler MDFF that feature the new Crossfire.
The Chrysler MDFF is a partnership between Chrysler, Hypnotic and Universal Pictures, and is one of the largest branded entertainment campaigns in the auto industry.
The finalists, Victor Buhler (Los Angeles), Paul Cotter (Chicago), Tanja Mairitsch (Los Angeles), Stephen Marro (New York City) and Andrew Mudge (New York City), will now advance to the next phase of the Chrysler MDFF this summer in Los Angeles where they will compete for the grand prize -- a $1,000,000 feature film production deal courtesy of Universal Pictures and Hypnotic.
The Chrysler MDFF
finalists - Victor Buhler, Paul Cotter, Stephen Marro, Tanja Mairitsch, and Andrew Mudge - are currently working, respectively, with the following mentors: screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Gangs of New York, Schindler's List), writer/director John Hamburg (Zoolander, Meet The Parents), director Brett Ratner (Red Dragon, Rush Hour), Mandeville Films president Todd Lieberman (Bringing Down The House, USA Network's "Monk"), and Daniel Pipski of Working Title Pictures (The Italian Job, Bridget Jones' Diary).
MDFF increased its staff to handle the increase and began to focus on providing adaptive equipment.
Thanks to a recent grant of $40,000 by the Efroymson Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the MDFF has been able to add an assistive technology specialist to their cadre of professionals.
The 2003 Chrysler MDFF
semifinalists' short films range from a story about a timid young man who aspires to be a bouncer at a trendy downtown nightclub to an actress getting sweet revenge on a theater critic who panned her stage performance in a major daily newspaper.
All five finalists from the 2002 Chrysler MDFF
used Avid Xpress DV v3.
An expert panel of judges will select five of the 10 filmmakers as the finalists of the Chrysler MDFF, and those finalists will be announced at the premiere.
The Extreme Filmmaking Competition is a critical phase of the Chrysler MDFF because it really tests the filmmakers' creativity, resourcefulness and ability to work under pressure," said Doug Liman, co-chairman, Hypnotic, and director of "The Bourne Identity" and "Swingers.
The Chrysler MDFF
marks one of the automotive industry's strongest commitments to filmed entertainment," said Stewart.