Getting set for the 12th 48 Hour Film Project Chicago

Registration is now open for the 12th annual 48 Hour Film Project Chicago,  Aug 22-24, that challenges filmmaking teams of all skill levels  to make a short film over a scant 48 hour weekend.  

No prize money, but lots of prestige and bragging rights for the winner.  The winning short will compete for special prizes with films from 120 participating cities around the world and have an opportunity to showcase in the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival.

For the fourth consecutive year, J. Trevi Albin’s commercial production company Four Productions is executive producer of the Chicago Project. Amanda Peters is Chicago producer and Jerry Vasilatos is associate producer.

You don’t have to be an established player in the field to enter the 48HFP, says Albin. “It’s also rooted in those coming up in the industry so it speaks to a broad range of the filmmaking community in Chicago.”

Four Productions is hosting a Meet and Greet Tuesday, July 29, at Schuba’s Tavern. 6 p.m. to launch the Project here. Filmmakers from throughout the Chicago area will be able to network (bring business cards), build teams, register and load up on information about this year’s challenge.

Filmmakers will have about three weeks for preproduction before the 48 Hour race officially begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22.  Finished 4 to 7 minute films must be delivered by 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24.

Each team will be assigned a genre, character, prop and line of dialog that they must work into their film. They are responsible for putting together a cast, crew, equipment and anything else that’s necessary to produce a film/video in just a weekend.

Submitted films will be judged by local industry pros and enjoy a three-night public theatrical screening. Prize winning films will be eligible for competition at Filmapalooza, the 48Hour Film Project’s annual awards and other festivals.

Contact Vasilatos with questions.