Friday, April 17, 2009

48 Hour Film Project comes to New Hampshire

For the first time, New Hampshire will be the host to a local 48-Hour Film Project.

Now in its ninth year, the 48 Hour Film Project is the ultimate filmmaking challenge. Making a film isn't so hard, is it? Here's the catch—you've got to do it all (and we mean all) in just 48 hours!

The N.H. competition will take place from Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14. A screening of all the entries will take place the following week, and a panel of judges will choose the top entry to be sent to the international competition.

On Friday night, teams will meet to get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in their movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Participants are responsible for putting together their own cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else they need to make a film/video.

Registration for the New Hampshire competition will open on Tuesday, April 21. Each team must pay a $125 registration fee, which goes directly to the national organization to pay for staff and website maintenance. Teams will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Visit www.48hourfilm.com/newhampshire to register.

In 2008, some 30,000 filmmakers made films in 70 cities. This year, we're even bigger, with filmmakers around the world taking the challenge to make a film in just 48 hours.

The 48 Hour Film Project's mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on "doing" instead of "talking."

For more information about participating, contact Chris Proulx at NewHampshire@48hourfilm.com or 603.540.2381.