[Press Release by 48HFP]

The 48HFP is soon to kick-off. The big day is next Friday the 24th of October. It will be Melbourne’s filmmakers challenge to set their flag up and create their 4-7 min films that will compete for the title of ‘Best 48 Hour Film’ for 2008.

Preparation of the Screening Nights and the Awards Night Event are taking place at the moment. Some rewarding prizes are about to be handed out to the ‘Melbourne 12 Best’ 48 Hour Films.

24 teams that registered so far are preparing for the sleepless weekend ahead of them. It’s a challenge to direct the pre production stage when all the creative work on the films must be done during the 48 Hour period. The few things that you can already do are to scout for locations, arrange crew & equipment and hope to draw the genre that suits you most.

Tommy Blum, Director & Producer of the 48HFP in Melbourne reported: “We get a lot of interest from professional production houses, independent filmmakers and film schools, so we have a variety of teams from the entire screen culture spectrum. It’s going to be interesting.”

Oren Gerassi, Director & Producer of 48HFP Melbourne reveals his secret wish: “Our main goal is to encourage filmmakers to go out there and accept the challenge. By doing so we give Melbourne’s talent the opportunity for international exposure and recognition, we really hope to see Melbourne’s ‘Best 48 Hour Film’ winning the world competition in Washington on the 21st of November 2008.”

A documentary crew is formed to capture the making of the films. The team will jump around locations in Melbourne to answer the most fascinating question: “How the hell do you make it in only 48 hours?” The short documentary will be screened at the Awards Night.

“We are gathering a survival kit to hand to our teams with cool surprises. At this stage we are working on the design of the awards and almost completed the list of prizes with our latest collaboration with the Australian Writers Guild, that will grant one year membership for the best script” said Pia Niebel, 48HFP Melbourne Producer and Marketing Manager.

The list of awards also includes $3,000 equipment hire voucher sponsored by Panavision, $19,000 diploma scholarship by SAE institute, $1,000 equipment & courses voucher by Open Channel, an annual membership for the Australian Directors Guild, $1,500 studio hire by Monkeesee, FilmInk subscriptions and more to come.

Registration is still open and all Filmmakers are invited to take part, join or form a team. The line, prop and character that have to be in the film will revealed to the team leaders exactly 5 minutes to 7pm on Friday, Oct 24th at the Federation Square Atrium.


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