Calling all local filmmakers! Are you looking for a way to get your work and name recognized around the world, brush up on your creativity, or simply have a fun and challenging weekend filled with only filmmaking? The 48 Hour Film Project will come to Detroit the weekend of July 19–21 and gives you just that – your chance to shine!

The project – that will also travel this year to countries all over the world – forces local filmmakers to think outside of the box and use their originality, imagination, and talent to make a film in less than 48 hours. Everything creative – the writing, the theme, the filming, editing, and sound – must be done within the 48 hour period, from 7pm Friday to 7pm Sunday night.

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Think of it like this: teams show up unsuspecting of what theme they will be given and then are thrown into an immersive weekend filled only with filmmaking and people who have a passion for it. Not only does this contest really push the contestant teams’ creative abilities, it also gives filmmakers a chance to have their work seen – the winning film will compete against films from around the world.

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If that’s not cool enough, well, how about the chance to have your film presented at renowned film festivals, such as the Cannes Film Festival in France, the Miami International Film Festival, or Filmapalooza? Each year, the 48 Hour Film Project shows the winning films at a new festival. So, aspiring filmmakers, we’re talking to you! Make Detroit Proud and be a part of all the excitement!

Registration for the project is open now and is $140.00 for a team if registered on or before June 24, regular registration is $160.00 for a team and $175.00 for a team if after July 9.

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All of the fun will kick off on Friday, July 19 at The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale at 6pm, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to make sure they are there in time for the theme drawings. You can find more information about registering, contestant rules, and times here.