Virginia Beach filmmaker Jon Abrahams has won yet another honor. His short film "Will Power" is one of 20 finalists in a contest run by the camera company Canon and veteran director Ron Howard, according to a news release.
Abrahams, the 33-year-old owner and creative director of the digital production company Jpixx LCC, entered his film into Canon's Project Imaginat10n contest and learned recently that it had made the cut.
Howard and his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard will screen the 20 film finalists and pick five to premier at the project's film festival this fall.
"The idea that Ron Howard is going to see your work ... obviously, that's really cool," Abrahams said Tuesday. "This is a step in reaching out to other people in the industry."
Canon’s Project Imaginat10n is helmed by Ron Howard but other celebrities are involved, too. Eva Longoria; Jamie Foxx; Georgina Chapman, designer of Marchesa; James Murphy, former frontman of LCD Soundsystem; and Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter all directed short films as part of the promotional project.
In a news release, the project is described as, "a user-generated contest to inspire short films and showcase the endless possibilities of creativity."
Last year, Abrahams' company won the 2012 International 48-Hour Film Project for the film "In Captivity” which also screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
"Will Power" is the story of an 8-year-old kid with emotional issues and supernatural powers. "I have a history coming up with projects that are a little surreal, with a hint of magic in the air," Abraham said.The finalist films can be viewed at imagination.usa.canon.com.