Detroit 48 Hour Film Project – 2009 World Tour (Michigan)

HITS Detroit July 24-26, 2009

Detroit filmmakers to compete in world’s largest timed filmmaking competition

Registration begins May 27th at

Detroit April, 20 2009 — The 48 Hour Film Project, the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, today announced that its 2009 tour will tear through Detroit on July 24-26, challenging Detroit filmmakers to complete the entire filmmaking process – from writing and casting to shooting and editing – in a mere 48 hours.

Detroit is one of a record 80 cities worldwide to be included in the 48 Hour Film Project’s expanded 2009 tour, which will include the first-ever local contests in such far-flung cities as Beijing;. Lisbon , and Prague

Detroit filmmakers will join a record 1,500 filmmaking teams worldwide – totaling 35,000 people — who are expected to take part in the competition, relying on inspiration, adrenaline, and gallons of coffee to complete short films of up to seven minutes in only two sleepless days.

Participating teams will be given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue that they must work into their piece. They will be responsible for putting together a cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else needed to make a film/video. Films submitted even one minute late will be disqualified.

Films will be screened for the public on July 29 at Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak , where the audience will select Detroit ’s best film. The winners will then be in the running for top honors at Filmapalooza, the 48 Hour Film Project’s annual awards event honoring the year’s top films, which will take place at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in 2010. Films will also compete to be among 14 films to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2010.

This is the 48HF Project’s 2nd year in Detroit. 26 teams participated last year; news anchors from FOX 2 Detroit participated. Detroit City Producer Frank Casaceli participated in Nashville 2007 ” My film team and I drove from Detroit to Nashville in 2007 to participate, I’m glad the Inaugural year in Detroit was successful.” Casaceli said.

Kinetic Post in Southfield, MI returns as a Major Sponsor for the Detroit 48HFP

“While the tight deadline may seem like an obstacle, ultimately it places the emphasis on creativity and teamwork, and gooses participants into making their films rather than just talking about them,” said Frank Casaceli, Detroit producer for The 48 Hour Film Project. “More importantly, it breaks down barriers by allowing anyone in Detroit with a free weekend, a video camera, and boundless creative energy to experience the fun, exhilaration, and satisfaction of producing a fully-realized film.”

Since its 2001 launch in Washington , D.C. by filmmakers Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, the project has become a global cultural phenomenon, with a total of more than 130,000 participants producing nearly 9,000 short films. An archive of past films can be found at

“The fact that we continue to expand to new cities every year confirms that the project has truly struck a nerve with filmmakers and audiences around the world,” said Langston, co-executive director of The 48 Hour Film Project. “We’re thrilled to be returning to some of our old stops, as well as introducing the tour to new cities in 2009.”

For more information in how to participate in Detroit ’s competition or to attend Detroit ’s screening, please visit:

Detroit Producer
Frank Casaceli

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