The Cincinnati 48 Hour Film Project

A week from now, June 24th to 26th, 2016, sees the start of this year’s Cincinnati 48 Film Festival in which filmmakers from all over the Cincinnati, OH area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2017 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, Court Métrage.

48 Hour Film Project

Filmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film. All creativity—writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack—must occur in a 48 hour window beginning Friday evening at 7:00pm and ending Sunday at 7:00pm. The following week, the completed films are screened to an eager audience. Registration is organized per team, and at this close stage runs $175 for the whole team.

The films can be about anything; however, each team must select the genre for its movie in a random drawing 15 minutes before the start of the competition. In addition, teams are given a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that must appear in their film.

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The 48 Hour Film Project is open to all filmmakers, pro and novice alike. Rules state that all team members (crew and cast) must be volunteers. Most teams consist of film and video professionals. And teams have attracted some top talent on both sides of the camera. Martin Freeman, Penn of Penn and Teller, Dennis Farina, and Nick Clooney have all appeared in 48HFP films.

There are no size limits to teams. The smallest team was just one person—he sets up the camera then runs around to act, and the largest team to date was a team from Albuquerque with 116 people and 30 horses! The average, though, is about 15 people per team. The films are short; they must be a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 7 minutes long.

48 Hour Film

Currently The Pandora Society and the Cincinnati 48 Film Festival are making plans to screen locally made science fiction, fantasy, or horror films made for the project at Pandoracon this November. So if you would like to get in on the frenzied whirlwind of making film in two days that fits these genres (or any genre), learn more and register at the Cincinnati 48 Hour Film Project site:

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