New Regency, Defy Media Announce Winner of Short Film Competition (Exclusive)

Eight filmmakers were asked to create 10-minute short films for online and over-the-top distribution.

New Regency and Defy Media have announced that two sci-fi filmmakers are the winners of a competition more than a year in the making.

Director Steve Ilous and screenwriter Daniel Perea have been awarded a film development deal with New Regency, the company behind last year's best picture Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave.

New Regency and Defy Media have announced that two sci-fi filmmakers are the winners of a competition more than a year in the making.

Director Steve Ilous and screenwriter Daniel Perea have been awarded a film development deal with New Regency, the company behind last year's best picture Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave.

 

 

In mid-2013 New Regency and Break, which has since merged with Alloy Digital to become Defy, joined forces to promote the efforts of emerging filmmakers through the Prototype short film competition. For the contest, eight filmmakers were awarded $20,000 to direct their own action, sci-fi or effects-driven short films. Execs from both companies selected the winner and Break then promoted the films across its brands and distributed them across a number of platforms, including YouTube.

Ilous and Perea won for submitting Polis, a sci-fi thriller about a young telepath whose search for his mother "threatens to uncover a utopian society's horrifying secrets." Ilous worked in visual effects for the Matrix sequels. Perea, meanwhile, was discovered through the contest and teamed with Ilous for the project.

 

 

"We were overwhelmed by the degree of talent that we found through the Prototype competition and it was a challenge to select just one winner," said New Regency president of production Pam Abdy. "As a company that puts a premium on the strength of our filmmaker partnerships, we are excited to have found the emerging talent of Steven and Daniel through this process and can’t wait to see what they create next."

Defy president Keith Richman added: "The success of Prototype is another proof point of Defy's ability to offer the traditional media companies unique intellectual property and talent that can be meaningful to their core business."

Greg Siegel, who executive produced the short film on behalf of Defy, will produce the forthcoming film. 

Ilous is managed by Principato-Young and recently singed with Verve. 

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