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The H Collective Launches First-Ever Global Film Competition – “if24”


The H Collective Launches First-Ever Global Film Competition – “if24”


The US-based Film Company Will Produce a Full Length Feature Motion Picture with a $2.4M Budget, Inspired by the Winning Submission.


The H Collective, a premier production house in Los Angeles, launches its first-ever, global film competition, if24, today. Anyone with a mobile phone, anywhere in the world, can participate in the competition by entering online at www.if24.com.   Along with a team of Hollywood’s leading producers and filmmakers The H Collective will make one winning film into a feature film.

The theme for the inaugural competition is the number ‘24.’  The H Collective is asking filmmakers to bring to life the number 24 in all submissions – whether it is the theme or a recurring motif.  ‘24’ is the number of hours in a day, the frames per second that motion picture film is usually projected at, the number of sides in a tesseract, and the number of cycles in a Chinese solar year.  The number 24 is also the number of days that submissions will be open, the maximum runtime for all films (2 minutes, 40 seconds), and the production budget for the motion picture inspired by the winning submission will be $2.4 million.


“Crafting the look, the image and the global brand of if24 is something that Ignition Creative is exceedingly proud of and the collaboration with The H Collective has provided us with an opportunity to be in on something from the very beginning,” says Martin Kistler, CEO of Ignition Creative.  Kistler continued by saying “We at Ignition Creative truly believe that if24 will discover great new creative talent and bring incredible experiences to life for film lovers all around the world.”


Sponsor Extreme Music will provide all the participants the ability to download the music for their films via a special website available at www.if24.com.  Extreme Music is an international production music library that forms part of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. More information about Extreme Music is available at www.extrememusic.com.


Ignition Creative is serving as the creative partner with The H Collection in launching if24.


Submissions are open from May 7th to May 31st and voting will take place from June 7th to June 10th. Filmmakers can submit their films via www.if24.com.  All submissions will be streamed online and via social media in June, allowing the world a chance to vote on their favorite film entries.


Nic Crawley, CEO of The H Collective stated, “if24 is an innovative global platform for aspiring storytellers and filmmakers. It’s our goal at The H Collective to discover content with compelling stories and collaborate with emerging filmmakers. We’re looking forward to working with the winner of if24 on their film which will complete our slate and expand our promise to now deliver five movies per year.”


The H Collective also will be hosting cultural entertainment experiences throughout July in four cities – London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Shanghai. Each city will have 24 semi-finalists and on the night of their city’s specific event, one finalist will be announced, bringing the competition to just four finalists.


A panel of entertainment and film experts, including Academy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson, will then judge the four finalists of the if24 film competition. In September, the four finalists will be brought together in a world-class international city for a premiere of their work and the winner of the inaugural if24 competition will be announced.


“if24 is a truly original opportunity and challenge. Anybody with an imagination, which means all of us, can participate. Anybody with a smartphone can make himself/herself a director and enter the competition. Everybody is encouraged to participate. The sky is the limit. Everybody can be a filmmaker!” says Mark Johnson.


The winning filmmaker will get to see their winning submission be the inspiration for a full-length motion picture financed and produced by The H Collective, with a $2.4M budget, and participate in the production of that motion picture.


To find out more about if24 and how to submit to the competition, please visit www.if24.com.





The H Collective launched in June 2017, as a film financier, producer, marketing and distribution company.  L.A.-based studio has partnered with Vin Diesel’s One Race Films in acquiring the “xXx” franchise rights.  Upcoming films include an untitled horror thriller directed by David Yarovesky, produced by James Gunn, and starring Elizabeth Banks.  They are currently in post-production on Christopher Cantwell’s “The Parts You Lose” starring Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, produced by Mark Johnson.

Tehran Taboo – Official U.S. Trailer



Ali Soozandeh’s Tehran Taboo opens February 14, 2018 at Film Forum in NYC before expanding to select cities.

Mohsen leaves Pari

In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order.

A young woman needs an operation to “restore” her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means.

Pari, Elias and Sara in a Restaurant

Blending multiple narratives into a complex picture of contemporary life in Iran’s most populous city, TEHRAN TABOO follows a young woman in need of an operation to “restore” her virginity; a divorce judge (in the Islamic Revolutionary Court) who extorts favors from a prostitute; a pregnant woman desperate to work for a living so she may live independently; and young women (purportedly virgins) being sold to Dubai for large sums of money.

The result is a complicated portrait of a social order in which women are at the bottom rung of a ladder built on religion, the law, and plain old misogyny.


Mark Webber’s FLESH AND BLOOD | New Trailer | Starring The Green Party’s Cheri Honkala



A Film By Mark Webber

Starring Mark Webber, Madeline Brewer, Guillermo Santos & Cheri Honkala, Webber’s real life mother and the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President in the 2012 U.S. election.
Flesh and Blood Poster


“Quietly searing…Webber harnesses the natural dynamics of offscreen bonds, however strong or frayed they may be.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Commingling elements of fiction and documentary is the trickiest kind of creative alchemy – a challenge FLESH AND BLOOD rises to with results that are consistently interesting.” Variety



Based on a real family, FLESH AND BLOOD blurs the line between narrative and documentary, with characters played by their real life counterparts. Writer and director Mark Webber (GREEN ROOM, THE END OF LOVE) stars as a man who has just been released from prison and returns home to his impoverished neighborhood in Philadelphia. Mark attempts to rebuild his life and reintegrate into the community, but he struggles with staying sober, forging a bond with his half-brother Guillermo, and mending a strained relationship with his mother, who is played by Cheri Honkala, Webber’s real life mother and the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President in the 2012 U.S. election. Hoping to move beyond the mistakes of his past, Mark seeks out his estranged, real-life father, who he meets for the first time in over 30 years. Will Mark’s life remain defined by his own flesh and blood?