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Are you a filmmaker who wants to get a greater audience for the work you do? You have the chance to get your skills on display at the biggest stage, beginning with a film challenge here in Lagos. There are prizes on offer; you’ll also get an opportunity to go up against films from around the globe at the Filmapalooza, the contest’s annual award festival. There’s an ultimate reward too: one of your films could get a screening at the Cannes Film Festival 2017. That’s if you are able to surmount the challenge of producing a top quality short film in just 48 hours.

Every year, the 48 Hour film challenge takes place in cities across the world. Intending participants register as teams on the 48 Hour Film challenge website, to take part in a unique competition. They have the task to write, cast, shoot, score, and edit a film- all in 48 hours –in order to come up with something good enough to win the contest. Awards to be won at this stage include Best Film, Best Directory, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Song, Best Use of Prop and Best Use of Character; the film adjudged to be the best overall will be screened at the 48 Hour Film Project, Filmapalooza, where it could win the prize for Best 48 Hour Film of the Year. A screening at the Cannes Film Festival will be up for grabs.

Teams intending to enter for the competition can register on its dedicated site. Individuals who are not part of a team can also sign up as team volunteers via the same means. Films should be between 4 and 7 minutes long, and all movies are to be delivered not later than 48 hours following the start of the contest.

The 48 Hour Film Challenge kicks off on Friday, 2 December 2016, at 6:00 PM; the drop-off event for the competition holds on Sunday, 4 December 2016.

You can find out more about the 48 Hour Film Challenge, by clicking here.

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This article was first published on 27th October 2016 and updated on January 9th, 2017 at 4:17 pm


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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