48 Hours To Make A Film; Can You Take Up The Challenge?

The current discourse on film and content creation in our country seems healthy and if completed with all players satisfied, film industry can thrive for the better. Filmmakers have been stifled by the current law and harsh environment for the process but something must give.

So rising above these adversities, filmmakers are always looking for a moment of shine. Creatives should never take a break. One opportunity just presented itself for our local cats in the film industry to show the world what they can do.

Enter the 48 Hour Film Project. As the title suggests, you and your team put your brain and resources to work. Come up with a film (well, short film), script it, cast your actors, shoot, edit and submit it in 48 hours. This action packed weekend will be on the 25-27th November 2016. I know that stirs an adrenaline rush in your gut so read on.

The 48-hour project is open to all players, be it professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts basically anyone who thinks they can document an intriguing movie in one weekend.

Very simple rules are spelled on the application. Pick a genre from a provided pool. Be it Sci-Fi, drama, horror, comedy, fantasy, musical, thriller, buddy movie, detective, holiday film or western. You must depict a specific character, have a prop and include a specific line. You are to submit your finished product in 48 hours to be eligible for awards.

What awards are available you may ask? Basically all categories e.g. Best film, Best Directing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Writing, Best Cinematography, Best Song, Best Editing, Best use of Prop, Best use of Line, best use of Character. An additional Audience award for those who submit the project later than the prescribed time.

The overall winner of this project, Nairobi chapter will see his/her project screened at the revered 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza in Seattle in March 2017. This will give them a chance to compete with over 150 films and other filmmakers around the globe. The overall winner from that will proceed to the grand prize of screening at Cannes Film Festival 2017 in Court Metrage.


Last year saw Nairobi’s winner Mbithi Masya who featured in the Filmapalooza festival go to register his name on the international scene with Katikati. Read about his success HERE.

So you think you have what it takes to impress in short time. Opportunity is knocking, pick up the call. What’s the worst that could happen?



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