18 Feb 2013

Hollywood producers enter Cook Island film competition

4:48 am on 18 February 2013

Hollywood heavyweights will be producing a short film in the Cook Islands in April as part of the Film Raro Pacific Paradise Film Challenge.

Film Raro executive producer Stan Wolfgramm says he believes the New Zealand film industry could utilise tropical spots in the Pacific to shoot scenes and the Cook Islands makes sense as part of the New Zealand realm.

He says to help promote the Cook Islands, they invited film producers from around the world to enter a script which they could shoot and deliver in seven days, and was shocked when an application came from renonwed Hollywood movie producers, the Stone Brothers.

"So I had to give them a call just to check, they thought it was a really great concept they also mentioned that they were trying to secure the rights of a book by F. Scott Fitzgerald called 'The Offshore Pirate' so they've secured the rights so they thought that the Cook Islands would be a good place where they could shoot a mini-feature as they call it."

Stan Wolfgramm says six international teams were selected from thousands of entries.