48-hour Film Project


Catch local short films made in 48 hours
You can do a lot in 48 hours. Visas, mortgages and credit cards are usually approved in 48 hours; you can earn eight hours over-time, register your car in Auckland, die of Ebola, post bail in Nebraska, have two one night stands, give birth twice, grow a nice bit of stubble, fly around the world or watch the film of the same name exactly 30 times.


Putting together a motion picture masterpiece in just 48 hours, however, is like stuffing a sleeping bag into a Taiwanese condom – very tricky. That was the challenge for 13 Hong Kong film crews – and hundreds of would-be filmmakers around the globe – with the 48-Hour Film Project, the world’s largest film project that hit our city like a bumble bee on a windscreen over the weekend (Oct. 30 – Nov. 1). Crews were given a line of dialogue, a mandatory prop, and a genre at 7pm on Friday, and had to write, film and edit their seven-minute piece by 7pm on Sunday. Completed films will be shown on this Friday at the Hong Kong Arts Centre and this year’s Clockenflap festival (a festival with a very unfortunate name). Top flicks will also be screened in Las Vegas at Filmapalooza, the project’s annual awards, with some lucky punters given the chance to compete at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner next year.

Make like Paris and Pam, and go home-made.

48 Hour Film Project
Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8:30pm
Agnes b Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Tickets (HK$50 each) can be reserved by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and picked up at Club 71 (Basement, 67 Hollywood Road, Central).
There will be a Wrap Party at 11pm at Drop (Basement, On Lok Mansion, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Central), where drinks will be 30% off until 1am.

The Nuts & Bolts: Don’t listen to your girlfriend; in the 48-Hour Film Project, being quick is everything.

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