Much-delayed but confirmed last week, the Furious Filmmaking Contest is back in the saddle and has now opened for registrations. The delay in announcements has been due to the search for a new sponsor. Founder and organiser Ant Timpson has secured the support of Hewlett-Packard as long-term partners in a deal which won’t just deliver this year’s edition of the event.
HP NZ’s Maddy Simpson called the competition “a wonderful example of New Zealand’s practical and creative spirit, which we want to continue to enable.”
Timpson said, “We are incredibly excited. HP are the power behind the scenes of the industry and it’s a major step forward for the competition to have them onboard.”
The shoot weekend dates, announced last week, will be 16 – 18 September. The group likely to be most disadvantaged by the delayed dates are school students, since the shoot occurs so close to the end of term three and assessment deadlines. HP48Hours is offering school teams a 2-for-1 deal on this year’s entry fees to help encourage schools to participate.
Before that gets under way, Timpson is busy with other obligations including this year’s Incredibly Strange selection for the NZIFF. The festival will give the first NZ outing to Jim Hosking’s Sundance-premiered The Greasy Strangler. Timpson produced the film with a team including Tim League (ABCs of Death), Ben Wheatley (whose own High Rise also appears in this year’s NZIFF) and Elijah Wood.
Registrations for this year’s HP48Hours are now open. Early-bird registration closes 30 July. The cutting it fine registration deadline is 12 September.