48hourThe 48 Hour Film Project is an international competition challenging budding filmmakers to make movies, from script to screen, in a mere 48 hours, then giving them an opportunity to showcase their film premier on local screens and an international stage, with the winning film getting a chance to win a spot for their film to be screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner.

All creativity, writing, shooting and editing, must occur in a 48-hour window, beginning at Kickoff on the Friday evening and ending at Dropoff on Sunday, just 48-hours later. The teams get told what genre (thriller/comedy/drama, etc) they will be shooting at Kickoff, and are also given the same character name, line of dialogue and a prop that must be featured in each film. Films must be between 4 to 7 minutes with an additional 1 minute for credits. After the films are complete, they are shown in a local theatre and judged by our industries finest. The judging criteria is based on Artistic Merit, Technical Specs, Entertainment Value and Adhering to the Assignment – and there are many Award Categories (directing, writing, acting, cinematography, sound, editing, use of Character/Line/Prop, and more…) Winners are announced at an Awards event and one film will be titled: “Best Film: Johannesburg” and entered into the international 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza the following year.

The 48 Hour Film Project is supported by the Gauteng Film Commission.

To be part of the 48HFP contact: