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The 48-Hour Film Project

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This April brings with it a smorgasbord of film festivals, events and now, the 48-Hour Film Project. Kicking off in Singapore for the first time on the 25th of this month, participants will be given 48 hours to complete their film.

48.jpgAt the start of the 48 hours, filmmakers will be given a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre that must be included in the film. Filmmakers must also write, shoot, edit and score the film within the 48 hours given.

This project is an American-based international film competition that took place in 55 cities across the globe last year. It garnered more than 35,000 participants last year, and its visit to Singapore marks the first time the competition steps foot into South-East Asia.

It will kick off at 7pm at The Arts House, with the participants’ movies slated to screen at The Eng Wah Theatre Complex on May 6. Only one film will represent Singapore and go on to compete for the international title in California. The “Best Of” selection of the Singaporean entries will also be screened here at Sinema Old School on 13 May.

To register, simply log on to http://www.48hourfilm.com/singapore. More information on the festival can be found here, and you can view the past films here.

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2 Comments

  1. 18 April 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I actually agree with you, but to be fair they do provide props la, plus your work will be granted online presence, which is a plus.

    Guess we’ll just have to wait and see if the $100 is justifiable…

  2. 16 April 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Recently, I’ve noticed more and more such competitions from overseas looking for applicants here.

    Almost invariably they deal with short form content: little video clips for mobile devices a.k.a. “portable film”, 10-minute plays, and now this “48 hour” competition.

    There’s nothing wrong with having competitions for such brief formats.

    But when participants are asked to fork out large amounts of money just to join, one wonders if such short formats were deliberately chosen to encourage people to join.

    It looks like a business model.

    For instance this 48-hour competition requires an entry fee of US$100 per team. An overseas screening is dangled as bait (think the organisers are gonna pay for your plane ticket and accommodation?).

    Contrast this with our own homegrown Fly By Night, organised annually by Tan Pin Pin and Yuni Hadi. There’s a token entry fee of S$20 per team. That settles the admin, hall rental for screenings and the goodie bag.

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