VF 48 Hour Film Festival Registrations are Open

Listed on Wednesday 10 February 2021 | 48 Hour Film Festival Website | Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

48Hours is NZ's largest guerrilla filmmaking competition! There is nothing quite like it.

It started in 2003 as a sidebar to the Becks Incredible Film Festival with just 44 teams in Auckland only. The competition is now in its 19th year and has spread nationwide. In 2014 over 800 teams took part right across New Zealand. 2020 saw the special VF48LOCKDOWN edition after the main competition was cancelled due to Covid-19.

48Hours is responsible for more fun than a 1000 monkeys could shake sticks at.

Over 6000 shorts have been produced for 48Hours. An enormous amount of people have had a lot of fun. Yeah each year there's been equipment/rental facilities selling out, actors suddenly cancelling commercials, celebrity friends being abused, broken bones, relationships ending, moments of pure ecstasy, absolute exhaustion, extreme bonding, annoyed armed defenders, production gear disappearing, cars stolen, meltdowns - but the future of NZ film looks to be very healthy and appears to be in capable, if a little shaky, hands.

Its very simple; filmmakers have just one weekend to make a short film.

Filmmakers don't know what genre (thriller/romance etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the competition. All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48Hour window beginning Friday evening at 7 pm and ending Sunday at 7 pm. To add to the mayhem, they must also include some random elements.

In previous years, these elements have included lines of dialogue, props, characters and special camera moves. This year - who knows? A few days later, the completed films are all screened in heats to an eager audience. The best films are selected by judges to compete in the city finals. Then the judges select the best of the best and along with Peter Jackson's Wildcards, compete in a massive Grand Final offering fabulous prizes and glory.

48Hours is a serious challenge for both first-time filmmakers through to experienced directors.

This year the shoot weekend runs March 5 - 7. You can find out all about the 2021 competition here: https://www.48hours.co.nz/2021-comp/

To compete in the 48Hours you need to register a team in your local region. Teams can be any size. We've had solo operators and teams of over fifty. You can be an industry veteran or have never made a film before, the competition is open to everyone.

Earlybird registrations run February 1st - 14th at $199 per team.
Full registrations run February 15th - March 2nd at $260 per team.

Register here: https://www.48hours.co.nz/register/registration-form/

If you want to find and join an existing team then join our Facebook group or get in touch with your nearest City Manager.


The shoot weekend: March 5th - 7th

The shoot weekend begins on Friday night with the launch. There will be live launch events* in each main region where you can connect with other teams and ask your City Manager questions. Locations for these are on your City Info page. The required elements and genres will be announced at the live launch, on our Facebook page and this website. Your team's genre number will be listed on the City Info page of your region.

Then you need to make your movie.

The weekend ends on Sunday with you submitting your film by 7pm. All submissions this year will be via our online portal so make sure you have access to the internet. You can find out how to submit your film here. Remember one second late is too late.


Heats: March 13th - April 9th

All submitted films will screen in the heats, even those disqualified for being late. This year heats will be running online rather than in cinemas due to the risk of Covid-19. We plan to schedule these so that all the regions can watch each other's films. The heats schedule will be published on the City Info page.

Each heat will have an audience favourite decided by audience voting. You will also be able to write reviews for the films you watch on the Screening Room. Information on voting and reviews will be added here soon.


City finals: April

The top eligible films will be selected by the region's judges for the city finals in each region. The city finals events will be live events* with the best films screened in a cinema, followed by the awards presentation. Locations and times will be published on the City Info page.


Grand final: May

The Vista Foundation 48Hours culminates in the Grand Final event. The very best films from across the country are judged by a panel of national and international judges and screened at the Civic Theatre in Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland*. This event is also live-streamed for those who can't make it along.

*Covid-19
Please note that all live events are subject change based on the situation with Covid-19. If we are unable to run live events due to a change in the alert levels then events will be moved online.

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