The 48 Hour Film Project, part of the global independent film making festival that is spread over 85 cities in 30 countries, has finally arrived in Vietnam.
The Project, which is co-produced by HKFilm, is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams make a movie — write, shoot, edit and score it — all in just 48 hours.
Meeting on Friday night the 29th of October at the “Kickoff” event, teams recieved a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to be included in their movie. Over the course of a weekend, film-making teams, comprised of local filmmakers, musicians, actors, etc., will write, shoot and edit a short film. 48 hours later, the movie must be completed and handed in at the special “Dropoff” event. Afterwards, there will be a chance for teams to unwind and share their film making experiences and dramas over a drink.
Participating groups are encouraged to work with a local composer and/ or musicians to write and record music for the films. The finished film must be a minimum of four minutes in duration, and a maximum of seven minutes in duration – not including credits.
All successfully completed films will then be showed during the week of Monday 22nd of November in Megastar Cinema – Hung Vuong Plaza. Winning films will then be chosen by a panel of film directors and TV professionals. Awards will be given for the Best Film, Film with Best Cinematography, Best Acting and many more at the special awards ceremony on 26th of November.
In order to equip film makers and fans with more film making skills, workshops on camera work, editing, sound, the creative process and planning a shoot will also be delivered by industry professionals at various locations around the city before the main event.
This exciting creative project will help celebrate Vietnam’s independent film community while hopefully encouraging more people to pick up a camera or a sound recorder, an instrument or a microphone, or get working on a script. Thousands of people will be directly involved in the event, and countless more when the films are broadcasted nationwide by YanTV and other local television stations.
The best films will also be screened at the Filmapalooza to be held at the Miami International Film Festival in the US in March next year – all films entered at Filmapalooza will compete for the coveted title of Best Film from the 48 Hour Film Project 2010.
“Countless filmmakers over the years have told us that the 48 Hour Film Project weekend was fantastic,” says Ross Stewart, City Director of the 48 Hour Film Project in Vietnam. “They loved getting to use their creative talents; they had fun with their friends; and they made a film, too! So if winning means having a great time, you’ve got a very good shot at it.”
The 48 Hour Film Project began in Washington, DC in 2001, and in 2009, it was celebrated in 76 cities all over the world.