What is the 48 Hour Film Project?

What can you do with 48 hours? Well, you can binge watch sixty-eight and a half episodes of the television show 48 Hours (without breaks or commercials), you can drive from Connecticut to California (with time to spare), or you could set a record playing the Metal Gear Solid video game series.

How about making a movie? Okay, maybe the title gave it away but you can certainly film a movie in 48 hours. That's what the 48 Hour Film Project is all about.

So what is the 48 Hour Film Project? Well, it's kind of in it's name. Teams of filmmakers must write, shoot, and edit a short film in only 48 hours. It's a great opportunity to get those creative juices flowing and FILM SOMETHING instead of just talking about filming something (yes, I'm talking to you). In addition to the time constraint (as if that wasn't difficult enough), teams are randomly assigned a genre AND must include three elements (a character, a prop, and a line dialogue).

The randomness adds a little spice to it all. It's great fun to see how all the teams incorporate those elements differently.

On Friday night teams are given their genre and the required elements and they run out to start writing and filming. By Sunday, they're back, a little tired but with a film in hand.

Sounds fun, right?

The 48 Hour Film Project was founded by Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston all the way back in 2001. Since that time they have expanded into 130 cities on six continents. And New Haven, Connecticut is one of them! Back in 2011, Nutmeg Institute co-founder Trish Clark helped bring the 48HFP to the Elm City. Over the past seven years the New Haven 48HFP has attracted hundreds of filmmakers from all over CT, NY, New England, Washington D.C., and even Michigan (because, why not?). In fact, more films have been made as part of the New Haven 48HFP than the total number of Hollywood-backed films made in CT.

That's pretty cool.

Oh, and did we mention your film has the chance to screen at the illustrious Festival de Cannes film festival? Yes, the very same one made famous by it's appearance in the classic television series Entourage.* "Best of" Winners from each 48HFP city screen at Filmapalooza (aka 48HFP Oscars) and then a select few are chosen to screen at the Short Film Corner at Cannes. The New Haven 48HFP has had two of it's City Winners screen at Cannes - 2015's Falling in Love in a Coffeeshop by Wax Idiotical Films and 2017's ...And All Points in Between by Making Pretend Productions.

So you can do all those things listed above or you can grab your friends and have a wildly creative weekend. Plus you'll have a film you can show off to friends and family when you invite them to Premiere Night.

So what are you waiting for?

Oh, that's on us. Early Bird Registration opens up May 22nd and the New Haven 48HFP filming weekend is July 27th-29th. So use this time to find your crew, grab some craft services, and catch up on sleep...you're going to need it.

*There are so many things wrong with this sentence. - Editor

The 48 Hour Film Project New Haven returns July 2018 for it's 8th season. Filmmakers from all over will come together and challenge themselves to make a short film in only 48 hours.

All films will be screened at the The State House, New Haven.

Early Bird registration opens May 22nd and filming takes place July 27th-29th.

The 2018 48 Hour Film Project New Haven is proudly presented by the Connecticut Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media.

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