Hollywood is bloated and slow. It takes those bozos months, if not years, to shoot a movie. They're still using dial up, when the Borscht Film Festival has gone over to fiber optic. It took many of the Borscht boys less than a month to put together finished films which screened at last week's film festival. But now even a month seems like an eternity. That is, if you've signed up for the 24 Hour Film Race, where you write, shoot, and edit a short film in just 24 hours.
Yeah, you heard right. One day to make a movie, from pitch to post production. Think it's impossible. Tell that to the filmmakers who've participated in the film race since 2007. The popularity is spreading across the country and this year the race made its way back to Miami, from Friday night to Saturday night. But you have only 24 hours left to sign up. Read on for details.
This is how the 24 Hour Film Race works. If you sign up here and pay the $99 entry fee by tomorrow, then you'll
be emailed a theme ( something like revenge or greed) and other elements
you have to include in your flick (props that must be used or actions
that must be performed) by 10 p.m. on Friday. Then the clock starts
ticking and you better start filmmaking.
It has to be an original short, no longer than 4 minutes, and must be
uploaded to the competition website by 10 p.m. Saturday. If you pay an
additional $40 screening fee, you'll have the honor of having your film
screen at the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami on May 5.
Imagine that. One day you're some two bit loser languishing on the
streets of Miami, 24 hours later you're having your big screen debut at
the U's movie house.
The best film in Miami will go on to compete with the best 24 hour films
from 15 other cities for cash prizes and priceless exposure. But hurry
up, you only have till tomorrow to sign up, or about as long as you'll
have to make your own film masterpiece.
Check out a sample of what aspiring filmmakers have created in past years:
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Sign up for the 24 Hour Film Race at www.filmracing.com by Thursday, April 27. Entry fee costs $99. The competition takes place from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday, with films screened (with an additional $40 fee) on May 5 at the Bill Cosford Cinema (1111 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables) at the University of Miami.