The 48 Hour Film Project is a film contest where filmmakers are tasked with writing, shooting and editing a film in only 48 hours.
Competition start dates and venues are announced on their website, however, the competition always begins on a Friday night, where teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then assigned a character, prop and line dialogue that must feature in their film. After 48 hours, on a Sunday night, teams scurry to submit their films.
The competition is held in various cities and teams compete to produce the best motion picture in their city. All films are screened in movie theatres in each participating city in front of an audience of fellow filmmakers, friends and families.
The participating South African cities are Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. The winning film from each city will then be matched against other winning films from around the world at Filmapalooza, the final international film festival of the 48 Hour Film Project, hosted by a different city every year, the most recent in 2020 was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The ultimate winning film will receive a grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.