Make a movie in 48 hours

This year, the 48-hour film project (48hfp) returns to Geneva after a one-year hiatus. Organized by Neal Hartman and the CERN film-making club, Open Your Eyes Films, the 48hfp challenges teams of film-makers to write, shoot, soundtrack and edit a 4 to 7 minute film in 48 hours from 4 to 6 November.


At the start of the festival, contestants picked their film genre from a hat.

The films will be screened on 8 and 9 November, with the awards presentation on the 9th. The winner will receive a trip to the US to compete in the international version of the competition.

“There are so many short films being made now," says Hartman, “I think, however, that the 48hfp allows a critical creative mass to form. The result is that these 20 teams make 20 better films than if each participant were making their own." Each team draws a genre from a hat and is given a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that must appear in their film. The genres run the gamut from “Dark Comedy" to “Period Piece" to “Musical or Western." “Some of the participants find it frustrating of course," says Hartman, "but most find it invigorating."

This year, the 48hfp will be partnering the Cinema Tous Ecrans (CTE) festival, the largest film festival in Geneva which is in its 17th year. The CTE is distinctive in that it caters to films in all formats: feature-length films, television series, short films, and a special section called “New Screens." This year the “New Screens" section revolves around on-line film production. “Part of the CTE festival is about the evolution of technology, but fundamentally the festival is about the lives of people, which makes collaboration with CERN very natural," says Claudia Durgnat, director of the CTE. This collaboration will also allow the participants to feel “as though they are a part of something much bigger," says Hartman.

For more information on the 48hfp see here.
More info on CTE can be found here.

by Brokk Toggerson