48HR Film Project
The 48HR Film Project will run parallel with and form an integral part of the EIFF. It is an international short film competition where filmmakers compete to see who can write, edit and shoot the best short film (5 to 7 min long) within a 48-hour period—starting from the competition briefing and ending with a finished short film submission.
The 48HR Film Project takes place in 130 cities around the world, on 6 continents. What does this mean to the participants? If you win your city, you have entered the international arena.
Filmmakers from each winning city are invited to screen their films at Filmapalooza, the 48HR Film Project end of year event in Los Angeles. Filmmakers meet (and party) at this filmmaking Olympic village as they compete for the international title of Best Film. They will also get an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, Court Métrage.
The Western Cape Leg of the 48HR Competition
Within South Africa, the Western Cape leg of the 48HR competition takes place in Cape Town on October 30, with an Eden District Component in the city of George at the EIFF (see below). Please note that the winner of this leg of the 48HR Film Project will be entered into the overall Cape Town City competition and that winner will be invited to Filmapalooza.
The competition opens on a Friday night, teams will draw different genres from a hat. They will need to follow certain criteria and include the following which will be provided by the organizers: a prop item; a statement or line of dialogue; and two required characters (names provided).
On the following Sunday night the films are turned in, usually in a wild dash to get entries in on time! Films are then screened at a local theater in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends and families.
Eden District Component of the 48HR Competition
The Eden District leg of the 48HR competition will kick off on Friday October 30 between 4:00 and 8:00 pm at the George Arts Theatre, York Street, George.
Eden District film makers will have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit their short film, which must be submitted between 4:00 and 8:00 pm on Sunday November 1 at the George Arts Theatre.
On Sunday November 8 all submissions will be screened at the George Arts Theatre.
The Eden District submissions will be judged and the and the winning film will travel to Cape Town as a part of the judging to take place there. The overall South African winner will have their short film screened at the international festival Filmapalooza in Los Angeles as well as at Cannes in 2016.
At the EIFF in George there will be a screening of all the films submitted to the competition by Eden District filmmakers. These will be judged at the EIFF and the winning film will travel to Cape Town as a part of the judging to take place there. The overall South African winner will have their short film screened at the international festival in Los Angeles as well as at Cannes in 2016.
The competition is open to everybody. The entrance fee is R1 200. CLICK HERE to register online. Space is limited, so register today!
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