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48 Hour Film Challenge

DVMISSION is a 48 hour film challenge by a non-profit, unincorporated body that runs an annual competition for filmmakers of all ages and experience in Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

The competition is called the DVMISSION 48 Hour Film Challenge and has been running since 2006. It is like a film festival with a difference, in that all the films screened at the gala night are produced in the preceding 48 hours. What happens is that at 5.00pm on a Friday night, participating teams are given a ‘film title, a film genre and line of dialogue’; these DVMISSION calls the ‘obstructions’. The teams then have just 48 hours to return on the following Sunday at 4.00pm, with a finished two-minute film. Later that same evening all the teams arrive in their best suits & frocks for the exciting culmination to the weekend: the awarding of the coveted ‘Pompey Oscars’!

Just last year a group of CCI students ran away with Pompey Oscars for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Social Media. Quite an achievement. You can watch their film by following the link and remember this was made in just 48 hours (the obstacles were – Title: The Last Game, Line of Dialogue: Q. What’s it like? A. It’s like nothing at all, Genre: Lynchian Musical):

How to make a film in three easy steps

So how do you make a film without having to move to Los Angles? It is really as simple as (1) registering with DVMISSION 48 Hour Film Challenge (2) getting some friends together with a camera and (3) then screening your film at DVMISSIONS glittering gala and awards ceremony.

Can it be any simpler?

Well not really and in the past people have made films for DVMISSION on their camera phones so equipment is not a barrier to entry. Nor is age or experience as all sorts of people take part from young aspiring filmmakers to OAP’s taking the opportunity to have a go at something new. There are prizes for all sorts of categories and we award the legendary Pompey Oscars for professional and non-professional productions.

So, what actually happens?

This the question that people who have never heard of a 48-hour film challenge are most likely to ask and again the answer is very simple. At 5.00pm on the Friday night of the challenge weekend we release three ‘obstructions’ in the form of a line of dialogue, a genre and a title. Your mission is to then make a two- minute film that creatively responds to these obstructions. Then on the Sunday night you upload your finished film to our website. Over the following week our judges watch all the films and on the Saturday of the next weekend we screen all the films and award the Pompey Oscars in thirteen different categories.

I have never heard of a 48-hour film challenge before, where did the idea come from?

Actually, this will be our twelfth DVMISSION challenge and we have been running it in Portsmouth since 2006 and we are officially the longest running 48-hour film challenge in the UK if not the world. The idea for a 48-hour film challenge originally came from DIY filmmaker, Johnnie Oddball. Frustrated with the difficulty of making short films, in he dreamed up the idea of a 48-hour challenge offering “If you can turn up on Friday to pick a title and a theme out of a film can, and use them to make a film within 48 hours, you can return two weeks later to watch your film on the big screen”. In 2003 he then went on to create one of the biggest filmmaking events in British history with a national 48-hour film challenge in which over 10,000 people participated, producing 488 short films. Since then the idea has taken root and is now a regular feature in the dairy of filmmakers all over the world.

“This really is rock’n’roll filmmaking, it’s the Sex Pistols meets the Oscars” – Roy Hanney, Mission Director.

So, don’t sit on your hands, get on over to our website and register your team.

The CHALLENGE WEEKEND takes place from 5.00pm Friday 9 March to 5.00pm Sunday 11 March.

The DVMISSION PRESENTS premier night, awards ceremony and after party, from 7.30pm Saturday 17 March at The Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road, Portsmouth, PO4 0JW.

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