On August 3 through 5, filmmakers from all over the area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will compete with films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2019 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2019, Court Métrage. This is a big deal folks!

There will be a kick-off event at Maiden Alley Cinema (MAC) on Friday, August 3 from 6-7 pm and drop-off will be on Sunday, August 5 by 7:30 pm. Late registration is still available for $188. Visit 48hourfilm.com/paducah-ky/registernow.

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So far, the following teams are signed up to participate: Escapist Pictures - Austin Madding, Van Go Films with Socially Present - Shanden Simmons, TwoFourty Films - Kathy McHaney, The 8th Floor Productions - Allison Laski, About Jam Time - Kiaya Young, Thirdsun Productions - Seth Hawkins, Palindrome Pictures - Luke Resser, and Real Productions - Clay Howerton.

“From the beginning, Paducah was the smallest community to participate in this, now, international phenomenon and it has become a staple in the region,” Maiden Alley Cinema Executive Director Landee Bryant told me. “This year will mark our 10th year to be a part and we couldn't be more excited.  From teams that come back again and again, to the new burgeoning filmmakers, the finished products always make for a highly entertaining batch of short films. Anyone and everyone can participate.”

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Filmmaking and Competition Rules

All creativity must take place during the official time period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to: writing the script, rehearsing, costume/set design, shooting, editing, sound design, rendering, outputting to tape or other media.

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The finished film must be a minimum of 4 minutes in duration, and a maximum of seven minutes in duration - not including end credits. In other words, the official running time begins after the required 48HFP slates and ends prior to the end credits. The required slates and the end credits do not count towards the minimum time of four minutes. The film story may not be longer than seven minutes.

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For a full list of rules, visit 48hourfilm.com/paducah-ky/filmmaking-rules.

Screenings of the films will take place at Maiden Alley Cinema August 17-19 for $8 with the premiere on Friday, August 17 at 7- 9 pm.

For more information, visit maidenalleycinema.org/events/paducah-48-hour-film-project.