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Create a film this August through Denver's 48-hour film challenge

Denver filmmakers of all levels are invited to join the 48-Hour Film Project next month (August 1-3). The short film competition, established by Mark Ruppert in 2001, challenges participants to team up, using creativity and teamwork to focus on “doing” a film versus “talking” about it.

The project's title describes the event's greatest obstacle: each film must be written, produced, edited, scored, and submitted within the span of 48 hours. Additionally, teams have a 4-7 minute restriction to tell their stories. During the competition's kickoff event, team leaders receive a specific prop, line of dialogue, and character name that must be used. Genres are pulled from a hat, triggering the event's start. The 2014 Denver Kickoff will happen at the Open Media Foundation on Kalamath.

The main genres included for 2014 are:

  • Comedy
  • Dark Comedy
  • Drama
  • Film Noir
  • Filim de Femme
  • Fish Out of Water
  • Horror
  • Musical or Western
  • Road Movie
  • Romance
  • Sci-Fi
  • Silent Film
  • Thriller/Suspense
  • Time Travel

Each year, a selection of “wild cards” are also included. Teams who are unhappy with the genre they pulled can trade in for a wild card—but only once.

  • This year's wild cards:
  • Animal Film
  • Chase/Escape Film
  • Family Film
  • Inspirational Film
  • Monster/Creature Feature
  • Period Piece
  • Spoof/Parody

Finished submissions premiere on the big screen, after which selected winners go on to compete nationally. Denver's local screening event is scheduled for Sunday, August 10, at the Oriental Theater.

Teams can still register for the Early Bird rate ($140) until Friday, July 11. Regular registration is $160. Latecomers are welcome, however, the late price of $175 goes into effect starting Thursday, July 24.

Check the 48HFP's website for details, rules, FAQs, a list of prizes, and more! Current teams are also listed online. Anyone interested in the project can form their own teams or join one that's already registered. A final “meet and greet” mixer is set for Wednesday, July 16, at the Sie Film Center's Henderson's Lounge. Stop by to meet other participants, discuss possible strategies, and learn more about the weekend event.