Hugh Jackman to launch own film festival
London, June 22, 2012
First Published: 12:55 IST(22/6/2012)
Last Updated: 16:53 IST(22/6/2012)
X-Men actor Hugh Jackman is all set to launch New York's first short film festival in a bid to give aspiring filmmakers the chance to land their big break.
Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman
The festival will screen the top contenders and the film entries will then be judged by a celebrity panel, comprising Rose
Byrne, Judah Friedlander and Jennifer Westfeldt, reported Contactmusic.
"When I first graduated from drama school I knew the statistics that 98 per cent of actors were unemployed. I vowed to myself that every day I would do something for my career. I wasn't going to sit back. I was going to actively get out there and participate.
"Here is a way that anyone can contribute. There's no whining, But I'm a filmmaker it's so difficult, I can't get
an agent," Jackman said.
The winner for best film will receive a USD 20,000 pay cheque from The Motion Picture Association and guaranteed meetings with various agents and studio bosses.