Thursday, June 4, 2015

"Black Land" Film Optioned for Development by Earning Top 5 in Cinecoup Film Accelerator Project

Vancouver Filmmaker Shaine Jones and the Black Land team are heading to The World Media Festival June 8!

The long hours and hard work have paid off as CineCoup announced last night that Black Land has made it to the TOP 5 in their Film Accelerator contest! From the 120 films originally submitted, winning one of the TOP 5 spots ensures that the Black Land script will be optioned for development, with the opportunity to present the film at the World Media Festival in Banff in June. Being in the top 5 brings Shaine Jones and the Black Land team one step closer to realizing their vision of seeing their film being made with the chance to garner up to $1Million in production financing.

“It’s been a great ride and we are beyond excited to have been chosen as one of the final 5 films”, says producer and director Shaine Jones, “we have enjoyed the journey and are grateful to the fans and to the CineCoup board for their support.”

The films that make it to the final 5 were chosen by the Cinecoup Board rather than fan vote. Criteria for the top 5 include the marketability to audiences as well as the project’s viability to be made into a feature film or episodic series. 

The Cinecoup Film Accelerator is an independent studio that supports independent projects and creative talent by helping film makers connect with untapped audiences. Each film advances through fan participation, which combines performance indicators, voting and evaluation from CineCoup producers. Based on which films make it through each round, CineCoup guarantees to option a minimum of five projects and finance one project with (up to) $1 Million in production financing and a release in Cineplex Theatres. 


The films storyline was sparked by a terrifying incident that led to Shaine getting lost in the woods as a child. It didn’t destroy his lifelong fascination for exploring the great outdoors, but instead, it gave him an idea: How quickly can the forest turn on you; with darkness falling and the possibility of being chased by a supernatural monster?

“Black Land” tells the intriguing story of an environmental assessment gone wrong, creating the perfect opportunity for unsuspecting scientists to fall prey to ancient evil while working on an oil pipeline survey. The twist and turns of the characters and their plight keeps viewers on the edge of their seat, making them wonder what lies behind the serenity of the tall forests-and they may not have to wait long to find out.

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