Lovers of a good headline would appreciate today’s V48 Hours release, titled Thousands of Filmmakers Terrorize Small Country. The release stressed the branding, making it clear that the festival was no longer to be known as the 48 Hour Film Project, Film Competition, Furious Filming, Furious Film Festival Competition or even Filmmaking Festival. It is now V48HOURS or V48.
This will be the 8th V48. Past winners have included the talented likes of Taika Waititi (Eagle Vs Shark, Boy), Gerard Johnstone (The Jaquie Brown Diaries) and The Downlow Concept (7 Days).
V48 shorts will first screen in heats throughout New Zealand, before the best are selected to compete against Peter Jackson’s Wildcard picks on a two-week C4 television series that builds to a Grand Final. One film will be crowned the Grand National Champ, winning a monumental package from a $100,000 prize pool.
The New Zealand Film Commission, who have come back onboard again with increased financial support for the competition and prize pool. NZFC CEO Graeme Mason explained, “The NZFC is proud to support and be a sponsor of V48Hours. V48Hours’ philosophy is very much in line with our own philosophy, shown in our new Escalator scheme … when teams of a like mind get together they can achieve great things in a short time with limited resources.”
Registrations open at V48 on Monday.