48 Hour film competition expanding

2009 tour adding dates in Beijing, Prague and other cities

The ninth edition of the 48 Hour Film Project, which bills itself as the world's largest timed filmmaking competition, will expand to nearly 80 cities in 2009. The project's 2009 tour will kick off at the NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 17-19.

The project will challenge asbout 35,000 people worldwide to complete the entire filmmaking process -- from writing and casting to shooting and editing -- in a mere 48 hours.

First-ever local contests will be held in Beijing; Prague; Lisbon, Portugal; Savannah, Ga.; and Paducah, Ky.

Since its 2001 launch in Washington by filmmakers Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, the project has involved more than 130,000 participants producing nearly 9,000 short films. An archive of past films can be found at www.48.tv.

Organizers also announced that 14 of the 2009 tour's best films will be screened at the Festival de Cannes' Short Film Corner in 2010 as well as appear on a nationally distributed DVD.
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