October 23: Hundreds of NW Filmmakers Invade Seattle to Produce Horror Films in 48 Hours

Nearly five hundred Seattle-area filmmakers will participate in this year’s 48 Hour Film Horror Project, the exciting premiere screening of which happens at SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater on November 2, 2015 at 7 pm and 9 pm.

In 2001, the "48 Hour Film Project" started as a private film challenge among fiends and has since evolved into a global phenomenon and the world's largest filmmaking competition with a mission to advance filmmaking, promote independent filmmakers, and help foster a sense of community.

As a seasonal offshoot, the 2015 "48 Hour Film Horror Project" is similar to the flagship competition, except all of the fourteen "Genres" assigned randomly to the filmmaking teams are Horror-themed.

Happening in several cities simultaneously, filmmaking teams have just one sleep-deprived weekend to produce a short Horror film. All creativity—writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack—must occur in a 48 hour window beginning Friday, October 23 at 7:00 pm and ending Sunday, October 25 at 7:00 pm: a cinematic cauldron which promises a unique brew of films.

Celebrating its third year in Seattle, "48 Hour Film Horror Project" City Producer, Krk Nordenstrom, touts the creative and collective spirit of the competition, the 48 Hour Film Project provides a couple of very significant benefits to the participants. For some, it's an entry into the field of filmmaking, a way of developing skills and making professional and creative contacts. For the more seasoned participants, it is a creative outlet or brief escape from a career full of corporate and commercial requirements that reign in their creative aspirations. It is a way to clear out the creative cobwebs and reaffirm their love of the craft. For everyone it is a venue to meet new people and be an active participant in a vibrant community of filmmakers. Also, it's a guaranteed way to see a movie you sweated over in a real theater, on a big screen in front of a packed house.”

Thirty teams consisting of nearly five hundred local filmmakers of all ages and experience levels will participate in this year’s competition. The premiere screening of the creative mix of films will take place at SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater on Monday, November 2, 2015, where the public is invited to experience the scary, strange and often hilarious results on the big screen among an enthusiastic audience.

The film awarded “Best in City” will go on to compete against the winners from other participating cities for the title of "Best Horror Film of 2015."

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Facts about the 48 Hour Film Horror Project:

Mission/How the competition works:

At 7:00 pm on October 23, 2015, participating teams will gather at Seattle Film Institute where they will be given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue they must work into their film. Then, the teams break off to create their movies in just 48 hours. Films submitted even 1-minute late on October 25th will be disqualified.

The completed films will be screened for the public and judged by a panel of experts: Actor Russell Hodgkinson, NFFTY Program Manager Todd Kaumans, and author Jeff Gilbert. Prizes will be awarded for the top three films, including a “Best in City” award. The winning film from Seattle will be judged against the winners from other participating cities for the title of "Best Horror Film of 2015," which will be screened at Filmapalooza 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.


Competition Starts (Teams meet here to receive details for their films):

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015

Time: 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

Venue: Seattle Film Institute (3210 16th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119)


Competition Ends (Teams will meet here to submit the film they’ve created):

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015

Time: By or before 7:30 pm sharp!

Venue: Seattle Film Institute (3210 16th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119)


Information for Public Screening of submitted films:

Premiere Screenings:

Date: November 2, 2015

Time: Group A: 7:00 pm and Group B: 9:00 pm

Venue: SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater (511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109)

Price: $12

Ticket Information: Available two weeks before screening. www.siff.org/cinema









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Press Contact:

Krk Nordenstrom

Seattle Producer, 48 Hour Film Horror Project









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48 Hour Film Horror Project (Seattle)

8th Ave South
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Phone : 2064092466
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Sep 30, 2015