48 Hour Film Project launches eco-film challenge

The 48 Hour Film Project is hosting the 48Hour Eco-Film Challenge due to take place over July 6-8 2012.

The announcement:

The 48 Hour Film Project, whose mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers, will once again host the 48 Eco-Film Challenge on July 6-8 2012. This competition challenges filmmakers to capture the essence of an environmental issue while showcasing their talents.

The theme for this year’s competition is: Green Your Ride. “We are asking filmmakers to consider a scenario where in 48 hours the world’s oil rigs will stop pumping and the tankers filled with fuel for our cars will stop arriving on our shores. How do we keep Australia moving?” Tom Papas, Co-Producer of the 48 EcoFilm Challenge said.

Oil is getting scarcer and more expensive, so each of us will need to find smarter ways to use this important natural resource.  Will the future be alternative fuels or electric? Will we see more hybrids, better public transportation, more cycling, more car sharing?  How will fuel be secured and protected?

By only giving filmmakers 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film, the competition emphasizes creativity, teamwork skills and put the focus solely on the filmmakers and their message. The format also places a usual restriction on the filmmakers, causing them to emphasize “doing” instead of “talking.”

Filmmakers must use a character, prop and a line of dialogue provided by the organisers at the commencement of the 48 hr competition period, but can pick their own genre to best represent the theme. All films must be completed and uploaded by July 8 at 7:30 p.m. EST Sydney Time. The event seeks to bring both critical and contemporary environmental issues to light and drive real change.

The 48 EcoFilm Challenge is supported by NRMA Motoring & Services. Over $12,000 will be awarded in cash prizes, with $5,000 going to the winning submission. This winning film will also be shown at the Cannes Short Film Corner.

Registrations are now open. For more information about the competition or to register as a filmmaker, visit www.48ecofilm.com or email rg@project48.com.au.

Source: 48 Hour Film Project



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