International Online eco Film Competitions-This year, the 48 GO GREEN goes global
Imagine being given just 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film between 4- 6 minutes long…
Well it happened with about 150 teams from around the world and the top 8 selected by the public vote will be screened at the NAB show in Las Vegas in April and the top 5 will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner this year. In 2009, an ecological institution began in Athens Greece with a vision to expand to the entire world and because you demanded it.
Executive Producer Francesco Vitali and Producer Christos Siametis have presented the 48 Go Green Athens 2009. After its big success as a Pilot Project in Greece, the world cinematographic festival of short films, 48 Hour Film Project, acquires ecological dimensions and “green” philosophy and opens its creativity to the world.
As of this year, 48 GO GREEN becomes the most creative short Film competition on the internet.For the winner of the Grand Prize, the award is direct participation in the Cannes International Film Festival, accompanied by a $5.000 cash prize.
48 GO GREEN is an avant-garde Festival that gives you the opportunity to express yourself and speak up against the ecological destruction taking place on our planet.The 16 TOP FILMS of 48 GO GREEN will have the chance to be projected in the NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 9-14, 2011.
Because we all dig ecology… in theory… The difference is that you know how to show the destruction of the planet on camera. 48 GO GREEN is a fact and it is challenging you to shout out against all that provokes you. Leave your mark against everything you condemn and everything that should not be happening. Save the planet, with one strong message. A 48 GO GREEN short film.
I have attached the ’48 Hour Film Diary’ of Teresa Churcher. Here is the link to see and vote for her film: you need to register (free and quick), then your confirmation email link will take you to our film ‘EcoLeaks’ and you vote by clicking on the gold stars bottom right.
48 Hour Go Green Diary
by Teresa Churcher
“There’s a reason why the last time we did this was over 2 years ago” I said to my co-writer Roanna Dalziel last Sunday morning at 7am whilst she was slumped face down on my kitchen table. “It’s because that is just long enough to think that the 48 Hour Film Challenge is a good idea again’.
I first entered the ‘48 Hour’ as a happy accident in late September 2008 as co-producer and leading actress. I vowed never to produce a film again. Yet when a random email from the 48 Go Green team caught my attention in the first week of January this year, I was off again. I wanted to direct this time not star in it, however to get the whole thing off the ground I needed to make it happen. I needed to produce it.
Many phone calls and emails later I had a wonderful cast of actors, some talented and enthusiastic crew and a couple of very different pub locations on ‘stand-by’. The fun and real challenge of this project is that you cannot plan, write or shoot anything beforehand (even if you were allowed to) as they give you the theme, character, line of dialogue and prop you have to use at the start and then you have just 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film between 4- 6 minutes long. (Plus an extra 30 minutes to upload it but the ‘48 And a Half Hour Challenge’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it).
Friday 18th February
7.00pm We were emailed the following:
Eco Theme: Save the Environment
Character: G. Verde, Government Employee (Male or Female)
Line: Right Here Right Now
Genre: Own choice
Saturday 19th February
We finished the script at 1.30am and the crew and actors started arriving at 7am. Soon we were all in creative flow and ideas about creating You Tube channels and doing our news interview outside the houses of Parliament were in full swing. We used a nearby pub cellar which is closed for renovation for our ‘dungeon’ scene which our Director of Photography, Harpall Kaura lit beautifully and a nearby square for our kidnap scene where we caught on hidden camera a woman nicking the phone our female lead, Justine Priestley, drops on the ground when she is napped within seconds of her disappearing. She didn’t even use it to notify anyone that she’d just witnessed a young woman being dragged off into a car by Camberwell’s answer to Men in Black. Charming.
Sunday 20th February
We hot-footed it up to Westminster where our editor, Kieron Brennan, an experienced news cameraman got some great ‘news footage’ of our actors before Paul Churcher, aka Mr Bleu, whisked the terrified DOP off on the back of his scooter to get our fab opening London shots. The afternoon saw us hit with all sorts of technical issues whilst we edited (that fun had started on Friday night when the editor’s laptop and editing suite were given a very large drink of water by his four year old daughter) and when we finally got through those and ready to upload our film we lost internet connection! We finally got our film in at 6.58pm with a mere 32 minutes to go before disqualification. Just prior to this I floated into the kitchen, donned some marigolds and started washing up. I guess I couldn’t find a brown paper bag to breathe into.
So, see you all in another two years?
Photography by David Lau