We’ve teamed up with The Coup Company, the tech-enabled content studio, and are calling on all Canadian filmmakers to pitch us on how they would turn a tale from Josh Saltzman’s popular horror anthology Strange Yarns into a short film.
Filmmakers will be given the choice to pitch against one of 13 of Josh’s short stories with the chance to produce the subsequent film. To enter, filmmakers can go to WattpadPresents.com to create a short profile and submit their 1-minute pitch video based on one of Josh’s short stories.
The Wattpad Presents Strange Yarns pitch competition unfolds over two months. Pitches will be evaluated based on audience engagement, originality, quality and talent. Fan participation begins late July with the top greenlit short films being produced in Fall 2017.
"I'm excited and horrified to the point of delirious madness to see what these demented minds from across the country knit from these Strange Yarns " said Wattpad Star Josh Saltzman.
The Coup Company is a tech-enabled content studio that connects filmmakers with fans to find the best new talent and content that can be financed and produced for the global marketplace.
“It’s a privilege to be trusted with Josh’s stories and be able to surface new filmmakers via our platform to develop them for the screen.” said J Joly, CEO, The Coup Company. “Both Wattpad and Coup are committed to surfacing new storytellers for the screen and the page. Combining our efforts provides us an unprecedented opportunity to align our innovative platforms to create new content for the screen while supporting new creator voices.”
This unique collaboration will leverage The Coup Company’s innovative fan-influenced creator platform with Wattpad’s entertaining stories and its community 55 million people around the world.
Alongside Wattpad and The Coup Company, key partner support includes: Telefilm Canada, the Independent Production Fund (IPF) and the Bell Fund.
“We can’t wait to see how filmmakers interpret Josh’s fantastical storytelling into a short film so it can be enjoyed by even more horror fans,” said Head of Wattpad Studios Aron Levitz.
Canadian filmmakers get your submissions ready for your chance to see your adaptation on the screen! Learn more at WattpadPresents.com.