RiverRun showcases Greensboro 48HFP’s best
On Sept. 15, the RiverRun International Film Festival will celebrate the 2018 Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project with a special screening of “The Best of the Greensboro 48HFP” at Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem, with 48HFP city producer Iris Carter on hand to introduce the event.
Some 40 filmmaking teams registered for this year’s Greensboro 48HFP competition, which took place June 22-24. Of those, 34 films were submitted on time, two were late, two were not submitted, and two teams had to drop out even before starting. Of those 34, 16 will be screened by RiverRun on Saturday.
“The talent that comes together in the Greensboro 48HFP and the quality of films they produce continue to amaze me,” Carter said. “The local competition began in 2004, and I came on as city producer in 2010. Some teams or team leaders have participated nearly every year, if not every year, and watching their skills transform over time has been a delight.”
“This marks our second year of sponsorship and our second year to bring these creative films to our audience in Winston-Salem,” said RiverRun’s executive director, Rob Davis. “RiverRun is delighted to be a sponsor of the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project and provide free waivers for the top two winning films to be entered in our festival. We are very fortunate to have so many talented filmmakers here in the region, and I am always in awe of the immense creativity displayed in these short films completed in just 48 hours with only a few basic parameters.”
At the Greensboro 48HFP kick-off, each team was issued three specific elements that had to be incorporated into their film: a lifeguard named Carl or Carrie Waters, a bar of soap, and the line of dialogue “I know exactly where this is going.” Each film was required to be between four to seven minutes in length, including a minute or less for the end credits.
The next weekend and following judges’ review, the award-winning films were screened in the Odeon Theatre at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The “Best Film” award went to team Flim Flam for Pierre Poulet. That film, which will be screened Saturday, will be entered into the international 48HFP competition (“Filmapalooza”), to be judged with over 100 48HFP winners from around the world. Of those, a dozen will be selected to screen in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes International Film Festival.
“Teaming up with RiverRun is a great honor for me and a huge benefit for our participants,” Carter said. “RiverRun is an outstanding film festival that has garnered great respect and accolades in the film industry. RiverRun’s willingness to coordinate the ‘Best of’ encore presentation is also a great opportunity for our award winners to have their films on the big screen again as well as tap into an audience that may not be familiar with the 48HFP. Being associated with RiverRun is wonderful, and I love being able to promote the great work they do and opportunities they offer. Their support is invaluable.”