48-hour filmmaking competition launched in Vietnam

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For the first time ever, Vietnam will participate in an international competition challenging filmmakers to produce shorts within 48 hours.

Under the 48 Hour Film Project's regulations, Vietnamese participants will gather today in Ho Chi Minh City to draw lots for their themes. Based on random selection, they will be assigned one character, one prop, and one line of dialogue.

The competitors will also draw lots to determine each film's genre which ranges from comedy to horror.

Participant filmmakers will then have to make a film lasting between four and seven minutes and submit it by Sunday evening.

So far, 44 filmmaking teams from across the country have registered for the competition.

Qualified films will be screened at Megastar Hung Vuong in District 5 and on YANTV television channel starting on November 22.

A panel of famous directors, meanwhile, will issue awards for Best Film, Best Acting and Best Directing.

The team that wins Best Film will go on to attend Filmapalooza, the grand finale of the global 48 Hour Film Project. The final round of competition will coincide with the Miami International Film Festival which is planned for March 10 to 13 of 2011.

Those films which receive good reviews at the international event will be sent on to the Cannes Film Festival next year, VnExpress said.

Founded in Washington D.C. in 2001, the 48 Hour Film Project aims to advance filmmaking around the world.

So far, it has attracted about 130,000 participants worldwide. Last year the contests took place in 76 cities around the world with the participation of 3,000 films.

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