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Your Role in the Buffalo 48 Hour Film Project

The world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, the 48 Hour Film Project, is returning to Buffalo in August. Over the course of one weekend, film teams will work together to create short films that will then be judged. The winners will have the honor of seeing their film shown at Filmapalooza, competing against 130 cities (among other prizes*). Also this year, the stakes are a bit higher. The winning film will be shown at ITVFest – another heavy hitting competition that pits a dozen films against each other. The winner of that festival will see their film screened at the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2016 (along with a $5000 prize).

“This speed-based filmmaking contest has become a rite of passage for filmmakers, crew and actors.” – 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project will take place on August 7, 2015, upon which time teams will be randomly matched with a movie genre. The teams will also be assigned a character, a prop, and line of dialogue that they will have to incorporate into their film. From there, the teams will have just 24 hours to fully develop, shoot and edit their films, which are to be submitted on Sunday, August 9th at 7:30pm. Next, the films will make their way to the North Park Theatre, where they will be screened on August 15 and 16 (mornings). 

Click here for details on kick-off event, drop-off event, and the public film screening in Buffalo. Also, be sure to tune in to the Buffalo 48 Hour Film Project Facebook page, where you will find all sorts of helpful information on how to join teams, meet other local filmmakers, and where to attend local film events.

*The Buffalo 48HFP winners receive national prizes of Movie Magic Screenwriting Software and Pond5 gift certificates. Prizes for other categories include two free Flyboarding rides provided by Lake Erie Flyboards and a full day with No Limit Aerial Photo and Video to capture drone footage.  

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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