48 Hour Film Project (NEH Magazine)

Before this article was published, I was asked to join an extremely talented international team of creative minds competing in the 48 Hour Film Project in Seoul. I’m hoping to post our film entry here in a few weeks.

From the November “Alternative Issue” of NEH Magazine.

Referring to his ambition to land a man on the moon, JFK once said, “We choose to go…not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to measure and organize the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”

Dozens of Korea’s most ambitious filmmakers will soon be striving to achieve greatness in their own worldwide competition. The weekend of Friday, November 5th brings the 48 Hour Film Project to Seoul, one of 90 cities on the schedule for 2010. Participants have a mere 48 hours to write, film, edit and score a short film. Friday night will reveal the specific genre, props, character and line of dialogue that each team must adhere to. Their final product must be submitted to organizers Sunday night.

The stakes are high as successful films have a legitimate shot at some highly acclaimed attention worldwide. The winner of the Seoul competition will receive 1 million won for equipment rental from Han Entertainment and an opportunity to participate with other city winners at the official awards weekend, Filmapalooza in Las Vegas. The grand prize is no doubt a dream come true opportunity for 10 talented filmmakers as they receive $3,000 and a screening at the legendary Cannes Film Festival in France.

This may only be the second year Seoul has participated in the project that has been around since 2001, but according to 48 Hour Film Project Seoul producer Sun-Ho Pak, the expectations are elevated this time around. Teams are strongly encouraged to produce films unique to their cities, and Seoul is rapidly gaining a reputation for original, quality productions in the global film industry. Close to 30 teams are expected to participate and the producers are anticipating a good mix of Korean and ex-pat teams for Seoul’s sophomore effort.

Screenings for the films produced in Seoul will be held on November 10th and 11th at Broadway Cinema, located near Sinsa Station, exit 1. Show times will start at 7pm on the 10th, and 6:30pm on the 11th.

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~ by ripcitytoseoul on November 2, 2010.

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