Preview: The 48 Hour Film Project

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Vistek is proud to be part of Canada’s Diverse film community. We are particularly proud to be a sponsor and supporter of the 48 Hour Film Project, a wild opportunity for teams of filmmakers to show their stuff, creating a film (including scripting, shooting, editing and scoring) in just two days.

We caught up with Steve Nash, 48 Hour Film Project’s Toronto Producer, who had some details to share about the event.

The 48 Hour Film Project becomes a global pop culture phenomenon as weekend film warriors race to complete films in 126 cities worldwide — More than 60,000 people on six continents will spend a wild, sleepless weekend this year creating short films at breakneck speed. The Toronto 48 Hour Film project is set to run from October 18th to 20th.

A madcap filmmaking crash-course that is equal parts The Amazing Race, American Idol, and Tough Mudder, The 48 Hour Film Project brings together contestants from all walks of life, fueled by imagination, ingenuity, caffeine and dreams of seeing their work screened, at Filmapalooza in New Orleans and at the Cannes Film Festival. The 2013 tour will make stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Paris, Beijing, London, Toronto, Mumbai and over 100 other cities through Fall 2013.

Launched in 2001 in Washington, DC as a competition among friends by filmmakers Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, The 48 Hour Film Project is now the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition. The Toronto 48 Hour Film Project is produced by Steve Nash and Christopher Cherry.

After winning the 2012 Toronto 48 Hour Film Project the Grand Sarachi’s had their wonderful film screened at Filmapalooza in Hollywood and at the Short Film Corner in Cannes. You can see their award winning short here:

DISCONNECT – THE GRAND SARACHIS from The Grand Sarachis on Vimeo.

The 48 Hour Film Project has attracted high-profile judges in cities throughout the world, including directors Simon West, Peter Greenaway, Bruce Beresford, and Philip Noyce, not to mention celebrity actors like Martin Freeman of The Hobbit, who starred as a homicidal mime in 2010’s Grand Champion Best Film, The Girl is Mime. Last year, Paris, France broke the project record for the most teams in one location, with 113 crews totaling 1,500 people swarming the city to create, among others, the year’s Grand Champion Best Film, the dark comedy Jacques Serres. You can view this incredible film here:

“The 48 Hour Film Project has truly spread to all corners of the globe, proving that filmmakers anywhere can make a movie, especially if they’re left with too little time to doubt themselves,” said Langston, co-executive producer of The 48 Hour Film Project. “We’re proud to have inspired a vibrant international community of filmmakers.”

“To date, the 48 Hour Film Project is responsible for the creation of more than 25,000 short films. Each year many people say that this was the most exciting thing they did this year,” said Ruppert, coexecutive producer of The 48 Hour Film Project. “We see brilliance, teamwork, exhaustion, and great sense of accomplishment.”

Filmmaking teams begin at 7PM on a Friday and deliver a finished 4 to7 minute film by 7:30PM Sunday. They are responsible for putting together a cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else necessary to make a film/video in just one weekend. Any team, regardless of skill level, is eligible to participate in this competition.

The rules are simple. On Friday evening, teams are assigned a genre, character, prop, and one line of dialogue. They must complete the entire filmmaking process – from writing to shooting to editing – in two days, with automatic prize disqualification for entries submitted even one minute late. All films are screened in each city within two weeks after the competition.

The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. The tight 48-hour deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmaking, emphasizing creativity and teamwork and “doing” instead of “talking.” The emphasis is also on building communities of local creative people, facilitating making new connections, showcasing skills, and celebrating what creativity and teamwork can accomplish in just one weekend.

Each city’s Best Film team will receive amazing prizes from generous sponsors, a trophy, and their film will go on to Filmapalooza, where they will compete with the winners from each stop on the tour for the year’s Best Director, Best Acting, Best Script, Best Musical Score, and Grand Champion Best Film. The 2013 International Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 cash, the Grand Prize Trophy and an automatic spot at the Cannes International Film Festival Short Film Corner special 48 Hour Film Project Screening.

A selection of the 2013 tour’s best films will be screened at The Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2014.

The contest is open to all filmmakers, both professional and amateur. In fact, Registration is now open! To register, or to find a complete tour schedule and instructions on how to participate, please visit: