An army of Hobbit fans will soon converge on Middle-earth for a once-in-a-lifetime private screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with Sir Peter Jackson himself before the film’s theatrical release on December 17, 2014.
The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest was announced today by Jackson and U.S. late night television host Stephen Colbert at the annual Comic-Con International entertainment and comic convention in San Diego.
The competition will see Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle-earth, fly 150 fans (75 winners plus one guest each) to New Zealand for a week to attend the screening and tour some of The HobbitTrilogy’s filming locations including Hobbiton.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says partnering with New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures along with Tourism New Zealand on the global competition is a huge opportunity to promote Middle-earth as a destination to an unprecedented audience.
“This global competition is an incredibly exciting prize for any Hobbit fan as well as a significant platform to be able to show travellers that visiting Middle-earth can be an easy reality,” says Mr Luxon.
Filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson says: “The release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will mark the end of an exciting journey for fans and I look forward to hosting these prize winners in the coming months and giving them a sneak peek at the final film in the Trilogy.”
Entries for The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest open on 25 August. For further details and to register your interest go to TheHobbitFanContest.com.