The Johannesburg 48 Hour Film Project Is Set

The Johannesburg 48 Hour Film Project which runs from 11 September – 03 October 2010, is a wild and sleepless weekend in which a team of filmmakers makes a movie – write, shoot, edit and score it – in just 48 hours.

The Johannesburg 48 Hour Film Project, the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, will tear through Johannesburg for the first time from 1st to 3rd of October 2010, challenging Jo’burg filmmakers to complete the entire filmmaking process – from writing and casting to shooting and editing – in a mere 48 hours.

Participants enter as crews, relying on inspiration, adrenaline, and lots of coffee to complete short films of up to seven minutes in only two sleepless days. The competition is open to any aspirant film maker, pro and novice alike.

Participating teams will be given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue that they must work into their film at the start of the 48 hours. They will be responsible for putting together a cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else needed to make a film. Films submitted even one minute late will be disqualified.

The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers, but also to create a fun challenge. The tight 48-hour deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmaking, emphasizing creativity and teamwork, and “doing” instead of “talking.” The emphasis is also on building communities of local creative people – creating networks, showcasing skills, and celebrating what creativity and teamwork can accomplish in just one weekend. In 2009, more than 40,000 filmmakers in 76 cities participated in the festival.

Films will be screened for the public on the 12th and 13th of October at the Rosebank Cinema Nouveau where the audience will select the best film. The award ceremony takes place at the Blues Room in Sandton on the 17th of October. The winners will then be in the competition for top honors at Filmapalooza, the 48 Hour Film Project’s annual awards event honoring the year’s top films, which will take place in Las Vegas in 2011. Films will also compete to be among 14 films to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2011.

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The 48HFP events:

Meet and Greet & Workshops:

A chance to meet other filmmakers to complete your teams, as well as free workshops for inexperienced film enthusiasts.

When: 11th September 2010 at 9.30 am

Where: Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue

Filming Kick-off: Teams find out the elements (genre, prop etc.) to be included in their films, and the 48 hours begin.

When: 1st October 2010 at 6 pm

Where:Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue

Film Drop-off: Teams deliver their completed films.

When: 3rd October 2010 at 7pm

Where: Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue

Film Screening: All the 48 HFP films are screened for the public

When: 12th and 13th October 2010 at 5pm and 8pm

Where: Rosebank Cinema Nouveau

Awards Ceremony: The best of the 48HFP films receives prizes.

When: 17th October 2010 at 6 pm

Where: Blues Room, Sandton