Communication program to present county-wide 48-hour film competition

Release Date: 1/23/2014

The University of the Ozarks' communication program will sponsor a county-wide film competition called the University of the Ozarks 48-Hour Movie Project.

This is the second year for the short film competition, but this will be the first time it is open to the general public.  Teams will have 48 hours to conceptualize, write, shoot, edit, and export a 4-6 minute movie.

Registration to enter the contest runs from Jan. 27 through March 1. There is no cost to compete in the project.

The competition begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 14, when teams will meet on the U of O campus to draw for genre, a prop, a character, a line of dialogue, and a local location that must appear in their movie. The deadline to return the completed film will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.

Teams may not exceed eight members and participants must shoot and edit the film on their own equipment.

"This competition is based on the 'Cinequest 48-Hour Film Project' and is a super-fun and challenging two days of writing, shooting, and editing," said project coordinator Susan Edens, director of broadcasting at Ozarks. "Teams shouldn't worry if they don't have a fancy camera. The last time we did this our winning film was shot on a smart phone."

Edens said she is encouraging high school students in the county to take part in the competition.

"I'd love to see high school students put together teams, be creative and have fun with it," she said.

There will be a screening of all the films for the public at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, in the Rogers Conference Center on campus. Awards for several categories will be announced during the screening.

Registration packets can be picked up in communication department offices on the bottom floor of Walker Hall on the U of O campus. For more information on the project, please contact Edens at 979-1450.