48 Hour Film Project Newsletter
Editor: Brian Bowers
HP & 48HFP: Masters Of The Short Film At Cannes
For the second year in a row, the 48 Hour Film Project has partnered with HP for a special branded competition in Cannes as part of the film festival. Four 48HFP teams received a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cannes for three of their team members!
This year, the theme for the competition was "The Power of Ink" and 30 film teams from around the world were asked to submit pitches inpired by the writing of Saadat Hasan Manto, one of the greatest writers of short stories in South Asian history who was a big champion of giving minority groups a voice.
Four teams (out of the 30 pitches) were selected to make their short film--Pixel Drop from Richmond, 74A from Rome, Black Salt from Mumbai, and Black Sheep Production from Rennes, France. The teams had one month to make their film, then three members of each team were flown to Cannes and given rooms at the Oko Hotel. On Saturday, May 20, teams were given access to HP computers and printers to complete all of the graphic elements and marketing materials for their films--photos, look books and posters. Teams scrambled as the final seconds ticked away for them to complete their submissions.
Watch the winner of HP's Masters of the Short Film, "VALENTIN(E)"
Upcoming Tour Dates
July takes us into one of the busiest months of our 2017 tour, as we are right in the thick of many of our U.S. 48HFP competitions. We hop from coast to coast as we kick off 48HFP's from Seattle to Providence, the middle of the U.S. (Indianapolis), and all along the South (Atlanta, New Orleans, and Savannah). We'll also cover all of our Ohio cities as we hit Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus over the course of three weeks, before briefly traveling outside of the U.S. for our 48HFP in Israel. At this point all of our U.S. cities have opened registration, and we're finalizing our international cities for the fall months. Visit http://48hourfilm.com/locations to find out when the 48HFP is coming to your city!
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Eight Excellent Reasons To Make A Short Film
Of course we may be a little biased, but we at the 48 Hour Film Project love short films :)
For 17 years, we've been helping filmmakers create short films in just a weekend. We know there's nothing like the feeling of accomplishment you get while creating a film from scratch with your friends and coworkers, the exhilaration of turning it in just before that 48 hour deadline, or the pride in seeing your name roll in the credits of a packed world premier screening!
But even outside of the 48HFP, there's plenty of reasons to make a short film. For years, shorts have been the first exposure many budding filmmakers have had to the filmmaking experience. They have even been the training ground for many now critically-acclaimed directors that cut their teeth making short films of their own.
So why exactly should you make a short film? While there are many different reasons, here are eight excellent ones below to get you started.
1. Low barrier to entry
We already know that short films can be completed in a very short time frame (less than 48 hours!). In addition, they can be created with a very small budget, or even no budget at all. You can literally create your short film on a weekend using your iPhone, some free or cheap editing software, and some friends & family to round out your cast & crew.
But short films can also be an opportunity to work with professional actors & crew who may usually be busy with other work.
48HFP Movie Gallery
"Ode To Buddies" by Monopolydog FilmsMiami/Ft. Lauderdale 48HFP 2017
"The Specialist" by Green Eggs & CamsSt. Louis 48HFP 2017
Early City Winning Films
We are pleased to announce the city-winning films below! Each of these films was awarded Best Film and will go on to represent its city at next year's Filmapalooza, and also have a shot at screening in next year's Cannes Film Festival. Will your film be on this list? You've got to register and make a film of your own for a chance to win. Congratulations to all of our winning teams!
"SPRING!" by Team Donny van de Beek - Amsterdam
"El Carim" by Midi30Quatre - Aquitaine
"Gde Proboha Su" by PIXTREAM - Brno
"DOC SHOT" by RIP Prod - Côte d'Azur
"Couroukoukou" by Aveque le sourire - Dijon
"Born To Run" by One More Stone - Edinburgh
"48 Hours To Vegas" by KTF Media Productions/Emerald Motion Pictures - Las Vegas
"El Consultorio" by Bravo Films - Lima
"Dissonância" by Perspectivas - Lisboa
"Ode To Buddies" by Monopolydog Films - Miami
"Huisje Boompje Beestje" by sixteenhunderdeighty - Nijmegen
"For Luck" by Creative Inlet Films - Orlando
"The Specialist" by Green Eggs & Cams - Saint Louis
"Goldfish" by District 22 Studios - Salt Lake City
"Perfect" by Square Marden - San Jose
"Evident" by The Paperbag Boys - Singapore
"Souffle" by Les Synedones - Tours
Alumni Achievements: San Juan 48HFP Producer Wins Daytime Emmy
We've featured many a 48HFP filmmaker as a part of our Alumni Achievements column in this newsletter, and now we are thrilled to feature one of our 48HFP producers. San Juan 48HFP Producer Doug Lantz was recently awarded a daytime Emmy for his work on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Lantz joined our team of producers in 2014, and was instrumental in bringing the 48HFP to San Juan. Before joining us at the 48HFP, he founded the Rincon International Film Festival (RIFF), where he has continued to serve as Festival Director. RIFF has grown to be the largest and most prestigious film festival in Puerto Rico and was selected by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festivals "worth entering" for filmmakers.