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48 Hours opens for the 10th time

It’s time to enroll in cinematic boot camp. The V48HOURS Furious Filmmaking competition is back for 2012 – a milestone year for the competition that marks its 10th anniversary of movie mayhem.

Registrations for New Zealand’s largest film competition open tomorrow Thursday 1st March. After a decade in the movie-making game, V48HOURS promises to deliver yet another round of wild, wacky, and downright weird short films from our talented kiwi filmmakers.

With 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film, this competition is not for the faint-hearted, overly-sensitive, and easily-offended.

“V48HOURS is the craziest thing,” says Tom Furniss, team leader of 2011’s winning team, Grand Cheval. “There you are, with Dad’s digital camera, a group of your mates, and a crate of V. You laugh heaps, some of you cry, but you make the film, win the bloody competition and get heaps of chicks because you’re famous now. And eventually you end up spending Christmas at Peter Jackson’s ranch. Well, we’re still waiting for that call.”

Starting in 2003 with just 44 teams, the competition has grown into an iconic event for budding and professional filmmakers. 2011 saw over 10,000 participants from 780 teams get amongst the action.

“I’m pretty proud of what the competition has achieved in the last 10 years,” says Ant Timpson, founder of V48HOURS. “The relationships that have formed amongst competitors and the impact those relationships have had on the New Zealand film and television industry is huge. A weekend of insane fun can create the foundations for future TV series and feature films to be built from.”

The shoot weekend commences Friday 18th May – Sunday 20th May and this year’s regions include Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Long-time supporter Sir Peter Jackson will do the honours as Wildcard judge, seeing his favourites into the Grand Final.

And ten years of hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. “Congratulations to every one of the thousands of kiwis who picked up a camera, wrote a script, crewed a set or played a role in ten years of furious filmmaking,” says Sir Peter Jackson. “You helped create something unique and Wingnut Films is proud to be a part of it.”

So if you’re ready to pull every favour and spend one weekend you’ll never forget then head to www.v48hours.co.nz and register your team now. You won’t regret it (well, you might).

V48HOURS exists through major support from naming rights partner V, who are stoked to be back fuelling the ride, official broadcast partner TVNZ U, radio partner The Edge, and significant industry partners such as the New Zealand Film Commission, Rialto Channel, Wingnut Films, Media Design School, Images and Sound, Flicks, Envy Studios, Niche Cameras, Unitec, and Park Road Post Production.