48 Hour Film Project: Chicago Edition

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On August 25, the 48 Hour Film Project is issuing a challenge to all of Chicago’s creatives: create a short film in only 48 hours! The winning film will go on to compete “against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2018 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 Short Film Corner,” in addition to a trophy and Movie Magic Screenwriter Software 6.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a nationwide film race that takes place in cities around the world, and registration for the Chicago event ends August 25. With 14 participating teams so far, the 48 Hour Film Project Chicago competition will start at a kickoff event on Friday night with each team drawing two genres, of which you can pick one. Teams also receive a character name, a prop, and a line of dialogue, and then they write, produce, shoot, and edit a 4-7 minute film within 48 hours, delivering the film to the dropoff on Sunday. Within a few days of that deadline, the movies are screened in a premiere at Music Box Theatre.

A panel of judges will choose the winning film based on artistic merit, technical merit, and adherence to the assignment. There’s also an audience award, chosen by audience ballot at the screening. Other awards may include best acting, best cinematography, best use of prop, and best use of line.

Chicago hosting a 48 Hour Film race is just one of the reasons Illinois is a great place for filmmakers – there are tax credits for films that produce in Illinois, great creative maker-focused incubators and coworking spaces like 2112 and Stage 18 (at both of which we’re proud members), and a plethora of events for aspiring creatives to learn more about all aspects of filmmaking and hone their craft, like talks on how to raise money for your film.

Ziliak Law’s Entertainment Law practice is proud to be a VIP sponsor of the 48 Hour Film Project Chicago event, along with Cinespace Chicago and Global sponsors Castlisting and Movie Magic Screenwriter. Managing Partner Zach Ziliak said, “We’re happy to promote the Chicago creative community and look forward to seeing what local filmmakers can do under the pressure of short deadlines.”

Films created during the 48 Hour Film Project can be entered into festivals, publicly screened, loaded online, and more – as long as all restrictions in the Team Leaders’ Agreement are abided by, and the proper title card is included in the end credits.

All of us at Ziliak Law wish the teams participating in the 48 Hour Film Project the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your creations in August, and following the winning film’s journey to Filmapalooza and Cannes!



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