48 Hour Film Project Comes to Detroit This Weekend

By: Amber Ogden | July 6, 2015

Film professionals and novices alike, get ready for an incredible challenge: the 48 Hour Film Project is headed to Detroit. The concept is this: teams will draw a movie genre out of a hat and be given a character, prop and line of dialogue that they must work into a film. They then have a mere 48 hours to write, direct, shoot and edit their short.

About 40 filmmaking teams are participating in this year’s Detroit event, which is open to all—professionals, aspiring filmmakers, actors, and those who want to try filmmaking in a short, structured and exciting way, Mike Madigan, city producer for the 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit, said.

“The contest is part of a global competition in which teams compete for the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize and the opportunity to take their film to Hollywood and to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2016,” Madigan said.

This weekend, teams will assemble at Affirmations, 290 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, on Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m., and will have until 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 to drop off their completed film at M-1 Studios, 362 Hilton Rd., Ferndale, in order to be considered for the grand prize. Films must be a minimum of four minutes and a maximum of seven, and there are 14 possible genres to choose from this year.

“(The Detroit 48 Hour Film Project) is a great opportunity for filmmakers due to the deadline element that is required to complete your film, combined with the certain assets that must be incorporated in each film, ensures that teams work together to be as creative as possible with their own cast, crew and resources available,” Madigan said. “Additionally, there’s no barriers to entry in terms of experience in order to compete.”

The biggest challenge filmmakers will likely face, according to Madigan, is getting a final playable working movie file or DVD created in time for the Sunday deadline. While late films still screen to the public at The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Hills and The Riviera Cinema in Farmington Hills on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23, only films submitted on time are eligible for main awards and prizes. The screenings will be open to the public, and tickets are available for $10 a pop.

Such prizes for first, second and third place teams include packages from Red Giant Software, FxFactory and Sony Creative Software. Awards will also be given out for Best Film, Best Writing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and more. Detroit’s Best Film winner will be screened at the 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza 2016 and compete for Best 48 Hour Film of the year.

While regular team registration has closed, late registration is open through Friday, July 10 and costs $175 per team.

For more information on the 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit, visit the official website or Facebook page.