New Orleans is one of more than 130 cities around the world with a 48 Hour Film Project competition. Last weekend, 53 teams set out to write, shoot and edit a seven-minute film in less than 48 hours. Thirty-eight teams completed the challenge. The films screen at 7:30 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, July 30-31, at the Solomon Victory Theatre at the National World War II Museum.
The winning films will be screened again Aug. 6 at the New Orleans Jazz Market, and awards will be presented for best editing, writing, directing and other categories. The best overall film will go to Filmapalooza, where top films from participating cities compete for the grand prize. The top 10 films at Filmapalooza will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. (Last year's local winner after the jump).
Minutes before the competition begins, teams learn three elements that they must incorporate in their film: a character, a line of dialog and a prop. Films are judged on artistic and technical merit and adherence to the assignment.