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48 Hour Film Project coming to Philadelphia

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Do you have a passion for filmmaking? Are you a creative storyteller? Can you go 48 hours without sleep? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then the 48 Hour Film Project might be for you. According to the website, the 48 Hour Film Project is "a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours." Teams will be assigned a character, prop, line of dialogue, and genre. After that, you have 48 hours to bring your movie to completion.

Filmmaker Mark Ruppert founded the 48 Hour Film Project in 2001. The event has produced over 19,000 films made by over 278,000 people. This year, the 48 Hour Film Project will visit more than 120 cities and expects more than 60,000 people to make short films. The teams have ranged from one person doing everything to a team from Albuquerque with 116 people and 30 horses.

Awards will be given out for Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Musical Score, Best Sound Design, Best Special Effects, Best Use of Genre, Best Use of Character, Best Use of Prop and Best Use of Line. The Grand Prize Trophy winner will receive $5,000 and the top ten best films will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Click here to see the winners from last year.

Still interested? Then it's time to get your team together! The 48 Hour Film Project will be in Philadelphia on the weekend of August 15-17. Regular registration is $160. If teams register after August 5 then they must pay a rate of $175. Teams will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Once the initial registration is complete, teams will be added to a waiting list. A complete list of 48 Hour Film Project events can be found here.

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