Is 48Hours enough time to make a Film? The answer to that is a resounding yes from the 20 plus teams that took part in the 48Hour Film Project that wrapped a little over a week ago, Sunday 27th Nov. after a grueling, adrenaline, fun filled weekend. The project is a challenge of sorts where you and your team, regardless of experience, age, gender, background etc, work together and make a movie of between four to seven minutes, in 48hrs. All creative work; scripting, shooting, editing, scoring and such are all done during the official time period, 48hrs. And just to ensure this, at the start of those 48hrs is when you find out the genre of the movie you are going to make.
The accomplishment alone is satisfying but perhaps the chance of seeing your creation up on the big screen is better still. This is what is happening starting Wednesday 7th Dec. till Saturday the 10th at the Junction’s Century Cinema. Ideas that only days ago were just that, ideas, will come to life on screen when all the short films from the contestants are screened at the cinema.
Now in its fourth year in the country the Film Project has had many Kenyan artists, filmmakers and actors grace their screens. Mbithi Masya, famous for among other things, his debut feature film Kati Kati, which saw him lauded as “an exciting and unique new voice in cinema” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is an alumni of the project. Having himself competed last year, directing his team’s film, Audience Award winner, It’s Been A While, he enlisted fellow alumni, Mugambi Nthiga and Elsaphan Njora, for his debut.
At the screening of the films this week, a panel of judges made up of producers, critics, actors and film makers will pick the Best Film with regard to adherence to the assignment, artistic and technical merit. This film then goes on to compete internationally for Best Film of 2016 where the winner will receive a Grand Prize Trophy and 5000USD.
You also get to vote for your favourite film at the screenings this week, with the winner taking home the Audience Award. Here’s a complete list of the screenings this week.
See you at the movies!