The 10th Annual 48 Hour Film Project Returns to San Diego | Registration Now Open

June 13, 2013

The 10th Annual 48 Hour Film Project returns to San Diego on the weekend of July 12 - 14, 2013. Amateur, novice and professional filmmakers from all over Southern California and Mexico will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning San Diego film will go up against films from around the world for the title "Best 48 Hour Film of 2013". Winning films are also eligible to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which all writing, shooting, editing and scoring must be completed in just 48 hours. The competition is open to all filmmakers, pro and novice alike.  On Friday, July 12th, after drawing a random film genre, registered film teams are assigned a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue that must be included in their film. Within 48 hours teams must submit their 4-7 minute masterpieces, which will enjoy a red carpet public premiere at a local theater in August.  Films will be judged based on artistic merit (45%), technical merit (30%), and adherence to the Assignment (25%).

The 48 Hour Film Project's mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on "doing" instead of "talking."

One of nearly 125 cities participating in the competition, San Diego is the only one that is all High Definition. In addition, San Diego offers a true Hollywood-like experience with red carpet premieres and an Oscar-style awards ceremony.

Registration is now open.  Early Bird Registration is $140 (before Monday, June 17).  Regular registration is $160.  Late Registration is $175 (after Tuesday, July 2).  Registration closes on July 12th, with the Film Project Kickoff occurring that same day.  Film Premiere Screenings will take place July 30, August 1, 3, 5 at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15.  The Best of Film Screening and Wrap Party takes place on August 10 at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 and Brick and Mortar.

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