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HAMPTON ROADS FILM WINS INTERNATONAL FILM CONTEST
“In Captivity” by JPIXX films from Hampton Roads wins the
International Best Film Prize at the 48 Hour Film Project’s Filmapalooza
TAOS, NEW MEXICO (March 4, 2012) Over 3,500 teams from 100 cities around the world created films in 48 hours for the world’s largest timed film competition. The winning film, “In Captivity”, produced by Hampton Roads filmmakers Jon Abrahams and Jim McCullough took home the International Grand Prize trophy.
The winners were announced on March 8 at a screening and awards ceremony held at the 48 Hour Film Project’s Filmapalooza in connection with the Taos Shorz Film Festival in Taos, New Mexico. Winning filmmakers from as far as Mongolia and Melborne were in attendance.
In cities around the world film teams created their films in just 48 hours. On a Friday night they were assigned a character, prop and line of dialogue to include in the film. They then drew a genre from a hat. The completed films had to be turned in by 7:30 on the dot on Sunday night. Late films were disqualified. The films screened later that week to packed crowds at local theaters.
The winners will receive $3000 cash, a trophy, and their film will screen at the Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner.
The judges for the 2011 48 Hour Film Project were:
• KIMBERLY BROWNING, the founder of the Hollywood Shorts Film Festival
• PETER GILBERT Producer and Director of Photography for the documentary Hoop Dreams
• TIM BUNN, winner of the 2011 International 48 Hour Film Project grand prize with London Team, Far From Home.
For more information about the 48 Hour Film Project please visit: www.48hourfilm.com.
About the 48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world. The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. The tight 48-hour deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers, emphasizing creativity and teamwork and “doing” instead of “talking.” The emphasis is also on building communities of local creative people – facilitating making new connections, showcasing skills, and celebrating what creativity and teamwork can accomplish in just one weekend. In 2010, more than 40,000 filmmakers in 80 cities participated in the project.