The 48 Hour Film Project

Published On June 5, 2012 | By Kymbo Slice | The Arts

Each year, the 48 Hour Film Project comes to Pittsburgh for a weekend. Filmmakers from all over the Pittsburgh area 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. It all starts on a Friday night, in which teams are assigned a character, prop, line of dialogue and a genre to include in their movie. 48 long hours later, the movie must be complete in anticipation to be screened at a local theater the following week. The screening takes place at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont. In 2011, nearly 60,000 filmmakers made 4,000 films in 96 cities on 6 continents. That’s a lot of movies!

According to the project’s website, their mission is “To advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/competition, the project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers — emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on ‘doing’ instead of ‘talking.'”

The 48 Hour Film Project’s 2012 schedule is as follows:

Networking Happy Hour
Date: June 13, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, 5015 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Meet & Greet
Date: June 23, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Place: Hambone’s Pub, 4207 Butler St. Lawrenceville, PA

Kickoff
Date: July 20, 2012
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Dropoff
Date: July 22, 2012
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm (by 7:30pm to be on time!)
Place: Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Premiere Screenings
Date: July 28 & July 29, 2012
Time: TBA
Place: The Hollywood Theater

Best Of Screening
Date: August 4, 2012
Time: TBA
Place: The Hollywood Theater

This year, teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Once the initial registration is complete, the project will accept teams from a waiting list. If a registered team must drop out, one is pulled from the waiting list. Early Bird Registration is $140. Teams must register on or before Monday, June 25 to get this special rate. Regular registration is $160. If teams register after Tuesday, July 10 they must pay a rate of $175. REGISTER HERE!

Our affiliate, Nakturnal, is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s project. Last year, 37 teams made up of over 300 filmmakers participated in Pittsburgh and their films were shown to crowds of 650+ people. Enter today and be a part of this special weekend! Best of luck to all participants!

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