Competition day

After a late-ish breakfast watching the bokke win resoundingly (I’m a South African and our national team was playing in the world cup in New Zealand) I went to the movies. Not just any movie, something different.

The world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, the 48 hour film project has come to Joburg. Sounds odd. 48 hours to make a film? That’s nothing. These (usually) young filmmakers put together story ,dialogue, cast, locations, clothes, editing al all, for 48 hours they work flat out.

Then they submit their entries. Short films of up to 7 minutes. Worldwide there are about 2,500 teams making their films for this.

The weekend 2-4 September was when they created their films. This weekend, they are being screened at Hyde Park Nu Metro cinema.

If you like movies go and enjoy. Its short stories for the eye.

I went this morning. I laughed, I gasped, I was in awe of what can be done in such a short time-frame.

All this is round 1 in a far bigger competition.

“The winners will then be in the running for top honours at Filmapalooza, the 48 Hour Film Project’s annual awards event honouring the year’s top films, which will form part of the Taos Shortz Film Fest in Taos, New Mexico. Films will also compete to be among 14 films to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2012.”


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