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The New Haven 48 Hour Film Project Gears Up for 2021 Kickoff

29 Jul 2021 3:20 PM | Sophie Clark (Administrator)

   Once again, the New Haven area is preparing for the commencement of the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project. Now in its eleventh year, the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project will be taking place over the weekend of July 30th-August 1st. Hosted all over the world, the 48 Hour Film Project (or 48HFP, for short) are locally-run, weekend-long film challenges open to all skill levels. But while local hosts and host cities may change, the challenge itself is constant:  to create a 4-7 minute short film in the span of less than two days. Each team’s film must also contain certain required elements -- a preselected prop, character, and line of dialogue -- which are not revealed to contestants until the Friday evening the competition begins.

   The same rules hold true for the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project’s participants. Their  two-day filmmaking window will kick off on Friday, July 30th, once the required elements are revealed and teams have chosen, at random, a film genre. From the kickoff onward, teams will work around the clock, immersed in the filmmaking process for the rest of the weekend until the Sunday night deadline to submit their films. All films submitted within the 48-hour time limit will be screened the following week at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport*, as well as put forward for judging to for the chance to win one of the New Haven 48HFP’s awards. The film that wins New Haven’s “Best Film of the Year” award will get the chance to be submitted to Filmapalooza, the festival which showcases the best 48 Hour Project film from every host city and potentially offers a shot at the Cannes Film Festival to a lucky few. However, there are many other awards competitors can earn at the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project. Some are based on areas of production, while other special awards are given by local sponsors.

   As a proud local sponsor of the New Haven 48HFP for several years now, WIFVNE will again sponsor the “Women in the 48” award. Given each year to three competitors -- an overall winner, a runner-up, and a student winner -- for outstanding work on a New Haven 48 Hour film, the “Women in the 48” award is decided based on nominations submitted to WIFVNE by the filmmaking teams for review. Regardless of how contestants fare on awards night, however, the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project is above all else a wonderful way for filmmakers at any level to gain some experience and get to know others in the industry, and WIFVNE wishes the best of luck to all the filmmakers and event organizers who are taking part in this year’s event.


   Registration of teams and team members for the New Haven 48HFP ends on July 30th, so anyone who hasn’t signed up yet but still wishes to take part can find registration info on the official New Haven 48 Hour Film Project’s webpage:  https://www.48hourfilm.com/en/new-haven-ct

   Want to learn more about the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project? Looking to stay up to date on what’s happening at the festival’s events? Use the hashtag #NHV48HFP to keep up to date with the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project’s goings-on via social media.

* - For the premiere, the teams’ films will be divided into three screening groups. All of the submitted films will be screened at the Bijou Theater on Saturday, August 7th, but each group’s screening will start at a different time - Group A at 5:00PM, Group B at 7:00PM, and Group C at 9:00PM.

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