48 Hour Film Festival


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The 48 Hour Film Project is sort of a poetry slam for aspiring filmmakers. No professional experience is necessary; just a team with a camera and some sort of editing equipment that can crunch out a movie in just 48 hours. The annual event is in its 10th year and includes contests in 90 cities worldwide. New Orleans' filming weekend started on August 13, and the finished films are ready for their premiere and judging. Teams were given a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that had to be used. Twenty-six teams competed. Their films are split into two showcases which will screen at Warren Easton High School (3019 Canal Street) on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The winners will be announced at a party following the screenings at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal Street.) The best film will then compete in the 48HFP Filmapalooza in spring 2011 (last year's event was in Las Vegas). The grand prize at Filmapalooza is $3,000, and the top dozen films are screened at the Cannes Film Festival in its short film program. Tickets for film screenings are $10.

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