48 Hour Film Project - New Orleans starts next week

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Jack's Last Fandango from Carlos Bible on Vimeo.

The seven-minute film Jack's Last Fandango won best film, best director, best acting and other awards in the 2011 New Orleans edition of the 48 Hour Film Project. The competition challenges teams to create an entire film (maximum seven minutes) - including writing, shooting and editing a final cut - in 48 hours. Teams meet on Friday night to get a prop, character name and line of dialogue that must be in every film. Those were a cupcake, Tammy or Thierry Bison and "Try it...what have you got to lose?" respectively, last year. Each team also draws a film genre out of a hat.

Almost 30 teams competed in 2011. This year, 32 spots are filled and there's a waiting list, but if more teams sign up, a third group of 16 may be added. Lone filmmakers, actors and writers also can get involved. There's a mixer from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday at Chickie Wah Wah. Teams will get to know each other, and there may be opportunities to join teams in need of specific talents or extra help. The 48 hour competition runs from 6 p.m. Friday, August 10 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 12.

The films will be screened August 16 at The Prytania. Times to be announced. Winners will be announced the following week.

The film project is in its 11th year, and this is the 6th year for New Orleans. There will be competitions in 116 cities around the world. Cape Town, South Africa and Amman, Jordan are new this year. The top films from each city go on to Filmapalooza, and from there, the top 10-12 films are selected and presented at the next Cannes Film Festival. The overall winner from last year is after the jump.

In Captivity - WINNER - 2011 International 48 Hour Film Project from Jon Abrahams on Vimeo.

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