Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: The 48-Hour Film Project

Mark Ruppert, Oliver Dussause, Yochai Hadad, and T.L. Westgate of New Orleans' 48-Hour Film Project host a panel discussion (03/10/2014).

About The 48-Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which participating teams write, shoot, and edit a film in just 48 hours. With competitions in over 130 cities around the world, on six (6) continents, the 48 Hour Film Project is truly a competition at an international scale. Teams who win their home city's competition are invited to screen their work at the contest's Filmapalooza event, where each city competes for the international title of Best Film.

The 48HFP is the world's oldest and most popular timed filmmaking competition, and prides itself on creativity and fun. On Friday night, each team draws a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue to include in their film. On Sunday night, after a wild dash to the drop-off event, each team turns their film in, and a celebration occurs. The films are then screened at a local theater for fellow filmmakers, friends, and families.

With over 30,000 short films produced and 390,000 participating filmmakers, the 48 Hour Film Project has become a cultural institution for the filmmaking community, and has awarded over $800,000 in cash and prizes to participants. So far, nine (9) films have been selected for entry at the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner.