Today the LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent announced Danny Elfman Project: Rabbit and Rogue, a unique online challenge for filmmakers in partnership with Danny Elfman and Indi.com.
Elfman is offering free licenses of his latest album, Rabbit & Rogue that can be used by filmmakers as the catalyst and soundtracks to their short films. The films can be live action, animated, narrative, documentary, music video, abstract or experimental. This unique marriage of music and movies will culminate in a competition of short films submitted for selection and screening at next year's LA Film Festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to pick their favorite composition from Rabbit and Rogue and use it as inspiration and soundtrack for their own unique short films.
"I have composed the soundtrack to your short film," said Grammy-winning, four-time Oscar nominated composer Danny Elfman. "Now go make it! I can't wait to see what the filmmakers come up with."
"Danny is a giant among composers and recognizing the high cost of acquiring a top-notch score for independent filmmakers, he's generously offered it up for NO COST!" said Stephanie Allain, Festival Director. "We are excited to partner with him to bring these films to the 2017 LA Film Festival." INDI Executive, Nicole Greenwood, had this to say about the initiative, " I am thrilled that INDI will help showcase the talents of filmmakers from around the world using such brilliant scores. This really is a chance of a lifetime. What a beautiful gift from Danny Elfman - using his creations to inspire others to create. Like attracts like, and we at INDI can't wait to see the discoveries that come from this!"
Over the next nine months, filmmakers can create their own short films and submit them to indi.com/laffdannyelfmanproject. Finalists will be selected as Audience Favorites and those favored by a team of elite industry judges. The leading contenders will then be judged by a Blue Ribbon panel of top industry producers, directors, composers, music supervisors, executives and renowned filmmakers.
The winning selections (one for each of Elfman's six musical compositions) will be awarded a World Premiere at a special screening at the prestigious 2017 LA Film Festival.
Submissions deadline: March 1, 2017