Mumbai 48 Hour Film Project to commence from 2 October

MUMBAI: The Mumbai 48 Hour Film Project supported by The British Council, Mumbai and Screen – the entertainment and business weekly, is scheduled from 2-4 October, 2009.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a unique gathering of filmmakers (amateurs and professionals) to make short films from scratch. 48 Hour Film Project was incorporated in the US in the year 2001. Since then, 48HFP has taken place more than 150 times on four continents. This year, the 48HFP is visiting over 70 cities across all four continents.

The first Mumbai 48 Hour Film Project was held in Mumbai in 2008, and brought over 400 film professionals from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune together. The participating teams wrote, shot, edited and scored original music all in just 48 hours. The films were premiered at PVR Cinemas, Juhu. A sterling panel of judges, comprising of Baba Azmi, Shabana Azmi, Soha Ali Khan, Sudhir Mishra and Vinay Shukla, evaluated all entries to declare one winner.

The second Mumbai 48 Hour Film Project will commence on Friday, 2 October, 2009. On this day, the participants will get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in their movie. By Sunday, 4 October, the movie must be complete.

The Mumbai registration has been declared open. Teams will have to register in advance to participate in the competition. The project is open to pros, amateurs, and students alike.

All the films will be screened at British Council, Nariman Point on 9 and 10 October, 09. The winning Mumbai film will go up against films from around the world for the Best 48 Hour Film of 2009.