It’s Here! The 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit

By: Toni Cunningham | July 4, 2013
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Those of you who are unable to meet short deadlines might want to step away from The 48 Hour Film Project. This contest is for film buffs and movie makers who thrive under pressure.

The 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit will take place on Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21. The 48HFP got its start over ten years ago in Washington D.C. when filmmaker Mark Ruppert set out to make a film in just two days. His idea turned into a whirlwind contest, and since the beginning, The 48 Hour Film Project has turned out more than 700 worldwide competitions.

Participants shouldn’t expect to get much sleep over the weekend, as teams have a mere 48 hours to write, edit, shoot, and score a film. It’s not a free for all, either. On Friday, you’ll be assigned a character, prop, snippet of dialogue, and genre—all of which you must build your film around. Sounds easy enough, right?

On that Friday, teams will meet at The Rust Belt Market, 22801 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, at 6 p.m. There, the specifics will be announced and you’ll be on your way to filming. On Sunday, projects are due at M-1 Studios, 362 Hilton Rd., Ferndale, by 7:30 p.m. in order to be qualified.

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After all this hard work, what exactly happens to your movie? I’m glad you asked. On Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24, all entries will be screened at The Maple Theatre, 4135 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield Twp. Tickets are available to the public for $10, and filmmakers get in for free.

After the making of and screening, someone’s got to win this thing, right? An awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at Orchid, 141 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale. The winner will receive several prizes: a trophy, a screening of their film at Filmapalooza (the official 48 Hour Film Project awards weekend) and Movie Magic Screenwriter Software 6.

The winner of Detroit’s 48 Hour Film Project will then go on to compete in the International Awards—where the prize up for grabs is $5,000.

Various awards will be distributed to runners-up, including Best Directing, Best Writing and more.

Registration is required to participate in the 48HFP, and it is to your benefit to do so sooner rather than later! Sign-up is on a first come, first serve basis, and costs $175/team.

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