AUSTIN, Texas— Noelle Schonefeld and Christine Martell are helming the new planning group behind the Austin contingent of the International 48 Hour Film Project, the world’s largest filmmaking phenomenon in which thousands of filmmakers of all persuasions and skill levels attempt to write, film, and edit a complete movie in only 48 hours. The 48 Hour Film Project, which began in 2001 as a friendly challenge in Washington, DC among friends, has evolved into a caffeine-fueled non-stop two day filmathon that today incorporates 125 cities on six continents, and will include more than 50,000 participants who will create more than 4,000 films.

“Sleep? It’s over-rated,” said every 48 Hour Film Project Participant everywhere

In 2011 Austin had 36 teams that consisted of over 400 participants, and more are expected for this year. Over the course of a weekend, the teams, comprised of local filmmakers, musicians, actors, etc., will write, shoot and edit a short film, which will be screened on a big screen in a theater the following week.

The challenge will take over the streets, parks, homes, and businesses of Austin, when traditionally dozens of locally based film crews—from amateurs to pros—take to the streets with a provided genre, character, prop, line of dialogue, and 48 hours to write, cast, scout, shoot, edit, and submit their films. Submissions that are even one minute late on August 26 will be disqualified. Pretty harsh, but it’s happened before, as filmmakers test their mettle against the strictly-enforced deadline.

(PHOTO: L – R, Chris Thompson and Greg Risley by Cynthia Mack)

(PHOTO: Unforseeable Circumstances by Greg Risley)

Submitted films will be screened for the public and judged by a panel of experts. The Best Film from Austin will be chosen and winners will then be in the running for top honors in Hollywood, CA at Filmapalooza 2013, the 48 Hour Film Project’s annual awards—before moving on to Festival de Cannes in May 2013. Best Film in Austin will also take home a Premium mediaArtist package from channelAustin, valued at almost $1,000 with a year of free training, access to channelAustin resources plus the ability to borrow equipment.

Teams must register on or before Monday, July 30 to get the special rate of $140 per team. $140 until July 30, then $160 until August 14, then $175. Teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited, so register today.

Those interested in sponsoring contact Christina Martell – at at 512/695.7832

2012 EVENTS:

Filmmaker Meet n’ Greet, Thursday July 19, 7-10pm
Vuka Co-Op | | 411 Monroe Street West, 78704
Spirited mixer w/DJ kidGorilla to meet filmmakers and register teams; free and open to the public & media.

Filmmaker Resources Orientation + Tips & Tricks Workshop, Wednesday August 22, 5:30-7pm
channelAustin Studios | | 1143 Northwestern Avenue, 78702.
channelAustin is offering registered film teams the opportunity to borrow camera packages and studio space. Anyone who would like to reserve this gear is invited to attend the Resource Orientation at channelAustin on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. The session offers a 5:30p Edit Suite overview (with 6 available spots), 6p.m. camera Package (4 spots available), a 48 Hour Film Project Tips workshop from 2011 winners, and 6:30 Studio (3 various sized studios). Includes access to three cutting-edge studios, edit bays loaded with Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer, plus meeting spaces. All registrants are welcome, but equipment packages and resources are first come, first served.

Kick Off Event, Friday August 24, 6-8pm
The Long Center Terrace | | 701 West Riverside Drive, 78704
Official launch of filmmaking, issuing of 300+ “survival” bags for teams, open to the media.

Filmmaking, 7 pm on Friday, August 24 to 7pm on Sunday, August 26.
Media can ride along with film crews or follow the action via Twitter @austin48hourfilm #48filmatx

Drop Off Party Film Submission & Party, Sunday August 26, 6-10 p.m.
Vuka Co-Op | | 411 Monroe Street West, 78704
After party for crews, their friends, media, and film VIPs to watch the always-dramatic “race-to-the-finish” featuring local food, craft cocktails and local DJs.

Film Screenings, Tuesday, August 28 – Thursday, August 30.
The Scottish Rite Theater, times TBA / | 207 West 18th Street, 78701. Three evenings of screening qualifying short films are open to the public, including juror selections such as Best Use of Prop, Best Cinematography, Best Use of Line of Dialogue and the ever-popular Audience Favorite. All screening tickets will be available through The Long Center’s website after August 1.

Best Of Screening & Awards Ceremony, date/time TBA

About Noelle Schonefeld, 2012 Producer for Austin
A rising star in the local scene, Schonefeld has studied art and film, learning the industry at the Austin Film Society, Austin FilmWorks, Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, London’s Raindance Film Festival, and at her current role on the ABC Family TV show, The Lying Game. She has served as producer on FRANTIC ALMOST as well as production assistant on THE BOUNCEBACK and THROUGH IS THE NIGHT. Schonefeld was drawn to the 48 Hour Film Project as she finds endless inspiration in the spirit of independent filmmaking and loves the creative, collaborative work environment found in the industry. She aims to help Austinites discover a passion for filmmaking through her work with the 48 Hour Film Project. She earned a Bachelors degree from Wake Forest University in 2009. 48 Hour Film Project Austin Website


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