Movie mania grips Greensboro
The Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) is ready to roll, and filmmakers interested in participating can still enter.
In less than two decades, the 48HFP has gone from fad to phenomenon – one that spans the globe and continues to entice aspiring filmmakers from around the world. The very first project took place in 2001 in Washington, D.C., and Greensboro joined up three years later. Today, there are more than 120 cities worldwide participating in the annual event.
The 48HFP is exactly what it sounds like. Filmmaking teams have 48 hours in which to conceive, produce, and edit a short film. Team representatives will gather 6 p.m. this Friday at Gallery 1250 at Revolution Mill (1250 Revolution Mill Rd.) where they will draw their specific film genre and are given a specific prop, line of dialogue, and character that must be included in the final film.
At 7 p.m., the teams are on the move – and on the movie! – as they race against the clock to complete a short film (running four to seven minutes long), which must be written, shot, edited, and returned by 7:30 p.m. Sunday – again at Gallery 1250 at Revolution Mill. Films can be checked in as early as 6:30 p.m., but 7:30 p.m. is the absolute deadline. No excuses.
All films will then be screened the following week at the Carolina Theatre (310 S. Greene St.): Group A will be screened at 7 p.m. on June 27, Group B at 7 p.m. on June 28, and Group C at 9:15 p.m. on June 28. Audiences vote for their favorite films, while judges review the films and determine the winners for best directing, best acting, and other awards. The filmmakers do not know which awards they will receive until the award is announced – just like at the Academy Awards.
The top film goes to Filmapalooza to complete with the best 48HFP film from each city worldwide, and the top 12 films will go to the Cannes Film Festival.
The “Best of the Greensboro 48HFP Screening and Awards” ceremony will be held 7:30 p.m. on July 13 at the Carolina Theatre (tickets are $10).
Thus far, more than 30 teams are participating in this year’s event, but there’s still time. Filmmaking teams can enter up until the Friday kick-off. The late registration fee to participate is $188.
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