EXPANDING TO NEARLY 90 CITIES, THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT KICKS OFF 2010
WORLD TOUR IN LAS VEGAS, APRIL 10-12
More than 40,000 filmmakers to compete in the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition; Casablanca, Granada, Ho Chi Minh City, and Johannesburg among cities making debut in 2010
The 48 Hour Film Project, the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, today announced that its tenth annual tour will expand by ten cities to nearly 90 in all, including first-ever local contests in Casablanca, Granada, Ho Chi Minh City, and Johannesburg.
From writing and casting to shooting and editing, the 48 Hour Film Project’s 2010 tour will challenge thousands of filmmakers worldwide to complete the entire filmmaking process in a mere 48 hours. Since its 2001 launch in Washington, D.C. by filmmakers Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, the project has become a global cultural phenomenon, with more than 130,000 participants producing nearly 9,000 short films. Last year, a record 40,000 filmmakers made 3,000 films in 76 cities.
This year’s new cities include:
– Casablanca, Morocco – Cologne, Germany – Granada, Spain – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Johannesburg, South Africa – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
– Lima, Peru – Tirana, Albania – Toulouse, France – Ulan Bator, Mongolia
The 48 Hour Film Project’s 2010 tour will kick off at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas from April 10-12, then go on to visit nearly 90 cities through November. An expected 3,000 teams will rely on inspiration, adrenaline, and gallons of coffee to complete short films of up to seven minutes in only two sleepless days. Films submitted even one minute late are disqualified.
“Our continued expansion to cities worldwide further solidifies the need for a filmmaking competition like the 48 Hour Film Project”, said Langston, co-executive director of The 48 Hour Film Project. “We’re excited to help filmmakers and potential filmmakers from Mongolia to Peru make films on the international level.”
“We challenge the filmmakers not only with the tight deadline, but with the last minute assignment of a film genre and required elements such as a prop and a line of dialogue,” said Ruppert, co-executive producer of the 48 Hour Film Project. “We’re always eager to see the creative work that the project inspires.”
Filmmaking teams of all levels begin at 7PM on a Friday and deliver a finished 4 to7 minute film by 7:30PM Sunday. Each team is assigned a genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue that they must work into their film. They are responsible for putting together a cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else necessary to make a film/video in just a weekend. Any team, regardless of skill level, is eligible to participate in this competition.
For a complete tour schedule and instructions on how to participate, please visit: www.48hourfilm.com.
About the 48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world. The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. 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 – facilitating making new connections, 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.