Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced T is for Toilet by Lee Hardcastle as the winner of their contest to find the "next great horror filmmaker," which finalized the lineup of their international co-production of The ABCs of Death - a highly anticipated anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen celebrated filmmakers in what Fangoria calls, "a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world." Inspired by children's educational books, the feature is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were given free reign to choose a word to represent a form of death based on their letter. The ABCs of Death will be released through Magnet Releasing in 2012.
T is for Toilet was an early submission to the contest setting the benchmark for future entries and has since become a viral sensation from reporting genre websites and blogs. UK based Lee Hardcastle utilized claymation to tell the nightmarish tale of a frightened young boy and his first attempt using the bathroom all by himself. The short can be seen via The ABCs of Death contest page: 26th.TheABCsOfDeath.com/T-is-for-Toilet. Submissions for the contest closed on October 1st, with 170 submissions from all over the world and over 50,000 votes cast from the public. After the public vote narrowed the field to 13 finalists, the 25 additional filmmakers of The ABCs of Death voted on the winning film.
"We are delighted that T is for Toilet was as popular with the other directors as it was with the public," says co-producer Ant Timpson, "and we are thrilled that Hardcastle's work will be seen alongside modern horror's greatest filmmakers." Co-producer Tim League added, "We are extremely happy about the quality of many of the shorts and were impressed with the emerging talent in the genre scene."
The competition was neck and neck to find the winning film with four outstanding runners-up that included in 2nd place T is for Talk, by Peter Haynes, 3rd place T is for Turbo, by François Simard, Anouk Whissel and Yoann-Karl Whissel, 4th place T is for Table, by Shane Free and 5th place T is for Termite, by Steve Daniels. Finalists will be invited to be included in the DVD/Blu-ray release for The ABCs of Death.
For more information and to view submissions, go to: 26th.TheABCsOfDeath.com
The following is the list of participating directors, along with their countries of origin and reference titles from each of their filmographies:
- Kaare Andrews (Altitude), USA
- Angela Bettis (Roman), USA
- Ernesto Díaz Espinoza (Mandrill), Chile
- Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Canada
- Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet (Amer), Belgium
- Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Mexico
- Xavier Gens (Frontier(s); Hitman), France
- Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Mexico
- Noboru Iguchi, (Robo Geisha), Japan
- Thomas Cappelen Malling (Norwegian Ninja), Norway
- Anders Morgenthaler (Princess), Denmark
- Yoshihiro Nishimura (Gore Police), Japan
- Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter),Thailand
- Simon Rumley (Red White & Blue), UK
- Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), USA
- Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse; The Venture Bros.), USA
- Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), Serbia
- Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Indonesia
- Andrew Traucki (The Reef), Australia
- Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Spain
- Jake West (Doghouse), UK
- Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), USA
- Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List), UK
- Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die), USA
- Yûdai Yamaguchi (Yakuza Weapon), Japan
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