International filmmaking competition kicks off in Mumbai

MUMBAI: Mumbai 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP), an international filmmaking competition, is starting its Mumbai leg today. The competition will see filmmakers make a film in 48 hours. The competition will see teams getting the genres on Friday and would have to return on Sunday with their fully finished film scripted, shot, edited and scored over the weekend.

The genres that will be allotted include comedy, drama, fantasy, film de femme, film noir, horror, mockumentary, musical or western, road movie, romance, sci fi, silent film and thriller/suspense. 

Over 800 filmmakers have signed up from across the country - Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune among others.

Avers jury member Nagesh Kukunoor, "The 48-hour format is a great sign to the world of filmmaking that is burdened with ridiculous deadlines. I‘m looking forward to some crazy creativity in the competition."

The team that wins the Best Film-Mumbai accolade will become a contender for the Best International Film competition. Mumbai‘s Best Film will also be screened at the Miami International Film Festival 2011. The 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, will also screen the top films from the competition in Mumbai.

Ten best films from the world over will then be screened at the Cannes 2011 Film Festival‘s Short Film Corner.

Among the film personalities supporting the event as jury members besides Kukunoor are Amol Palekar, Dolly Thakore, R. Balakrishnan, Paromita Vohra, Shimit Amin, Manish Jha and Niranjan Iyengar.

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