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On your mark, get set–go! The Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Project is coming to Los Angeles on August 1-3, 2014. Bold and enthusiastic LA filmmakers will be competing for the title of Best Short Film that was made in the fleeting span of a weekend…yes, that means from script to screen!

What Can Filmmakers Expect?

If you can organize a movie-making team, you will be assigned a genre, specific props and characters, as well as a line of dialogue. For example, the website lists Romance, a colander, farmer W. Fritz Bean, and the dialogue, “I was lied to and very much deceived.” That essentially means the only advanced work you can do is organize a crew and cast, as well as arrange for equipment and locations. Crews are required to work on their short film between Friday, 7 p.m. to Sunday 7 p.m., and only works completed in the designated time frame are considered part of the official competition. No wonder the festival has been described as a combination of The Amazing Race, American Idol, and Tough Muddler! Interested parties will want to enter as soon as possible as space is limited, and participants are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What Can Actors Expect?

Although any actor can elect to be cast in the films, the project does partner with the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to allow filmmakers to use SAG-AFTRA members in the films for films competing in the U.S.. Click here to learn more about these requirements. But for any actor aspiring to join in any of the filmmaking adventures, you can submit yourself to the festival organizers as they provide a free networking service. This service, by the way, is for anyone wishing to be involved in the projects–cast or crew. Who knows? Maybe you will receive the title of Best Acting for a Female, Male, or Best Acting Ensemble!

Two Types of Competitions

The 48 Hour Film Project features two kinds of competitions. First, filmmakers in each individual city participating in the project–for example, Los Angeles or New York–compete for a trophy, and the city winner will be screened at the 48 Hour Film Project’s world competition, called Filmapalooza during an awards weekend. The winners of the international competition win a grand-prize trophy, and $5,000. Also, ten of the best films of the 2014 tour will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2015.

The producers of the festival have worked as a team since 2001. They initially wondered if it was possible to make a worthwhile film in such a limited amount of time. It’s obvious that the answer is yes.  This challenge has since been taken up by more than 180,000 people who have to date participated in 800 competitions held in 100 cities around the world in a total of 15,000 films! So, what are you waiting for?! We at Casting Frontier are rooting for you!

 

 

 

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