The 48 Hour Film Project is a challenge that gets filmmakers to write, shoot and edit a movie in just 48 hours. The project that began as a challenge amongst friends about 12 years has grown to arguably be the largest filmmaking competition in the world. This year, Nairobi is among the 125 participating cities and the challenge will take place between Friday 29th November and Sunday 1st December.

The Challenge will kick off that Friday at The Michael Joseph Centre on Waiyaki Way where the participants will get details on given genres, characters, lines of thought and props they have to work into their movies. The finished product will be submitted at the same venue on Sunday by 7.30 pm strictly and those that miss the deadline even by a minute will be disqualified.

The Film project seeks to promote filmmakers and test their creativity and skill to create the best movie under a 48 hours deadline. Participants will obviously have to work in teams and this will be a test of teamwork as well. Those who wish to cover the journey of the teams during the challenge can get in touch with the local producer of the Project.

The winning film in Nairobi will be screened at the 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza 2014 in New Orleans in addition to getting a trophy. The 12 best films globally will be screened at Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner while the best 3 will premiere on Shorts TV. The Director of the best film will get screening software.

Teams that are interested to participate should do so as soon as possible since space is limited. The registration fee is only 8000 Kenya shillings and registration can be done online here. There will be Premiere screenings at The Junction’s Century Cinemax on 10th and 11th December and the Awards Ceremony will be on 13th December 2013 at The Michael Joseph Centre.

Below is the winning film in the 2011 Johannesburg leg of the 48 hour film project.