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Hugh Jackman to launch own film festival

PTI  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.
 
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.

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