48 Hour Film Project

After a successful run last year, the 48 Hour Film Project, the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, is set to return to Johannesburg from 2 to 4 September 2011, challenging filmmakers to complete the entire filmmaking process – from writing and casting to shooting and editing – in only 48 hours.

With the help of the Gauteng Film Commission, Johannesburg filmmakers will join a record 2 500 filmmaking teams worldwide – a total of 35 000 people – expected to take part in the competition, relying on inspiration, adrenaline and lots of coffee to complete short films of up to seven minutes in only two sleepless days.

Filmmaking teams of all levels begin at 7pm on a Friday and deliver a finished four- to seven-minute film by 7pm Sunday. Each team is assigned a genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue that they must work into their film. They are responsible for putting together a cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else necessary to make a film or video in just a weekend. Any team, regardless of skill level, is eligible to participate in this competition.

The Johannesburg 48HFP will also host free filmmaking workshops at the Goethe Institute to level the playing field for all entrants. These will include various film disciplines conducted by industry professional such as acclaimed Isidingo actress Hlubi Mboya and the NFVF's scriptwriting lecturer, Loyiso Manqoma.

Films will be screened for the public on 17 and 18 September at Nu-Metro Hyde Park, where the audience will select their favourite film. 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.

For more information on how to participate in Johannesburg’s competition or to attend Johannesburg's screening visit www.48hourfilm.com/johannesburg

Events

Meet & greet

Date: Saturday 6 August
Time: 11:00am
Place: Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Ave (entrance on New Port Road) Parkwood
Notes: Looking to join a crew, more information or just want to suss out the competition? Join us for our meet & greet where you'll get to meet the producers, previous participants, find a team and ask any questions about this year's 48HFP Johannesburg.

Filmmaking Workshops

Date: Sunday 7 August
Time: 10am
Place: Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Ave (entrance on New Port Road) Parkwood
Notes: Join our free filmmaking workshops hosted by prominent industry professionals and get the inside scoop on how to make a film in 48 hours.

Kickoff

Date: Friday 2 September
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Place: Alliance Française Johannesburg , 17 Lower Park Drive, corner Kerry Road, Parkview

Dropoff

Date: Sunday 4 September
Time: 4pm to 9:30pm (by 7:30 pm to be on time)
Place: Alliance Française Johannesburg , 17 Lower Park Drive, corner Kerry Road, Parkview

Watch Valentown, the 2010 Group B winner of the Johannesburg 48 Hour Film Project: