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48HOURS Film Festival logo.png
Location New Zealand
Founded 2004
Hosted by Anthony Timpson

48Hours is a film-making competition held through 8 major cities in New Zealand; Auckland, Hamilton, Gisborne, Rotorua, Taranaki, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. It involves teams of various sizes competing across New Zealand to write, shoot, edit and score the best short film, which must be between 1 and 7 minutes long, over a single 48 hour period (usually a weekend). Developed from the US-based 48 Hour Film Project, which was run in Auckland in 2003, 48Hours is now a New Zealand-only event and has been running since 2004.

The event is organised by New Zealand International Film Festivals member Anthony "Ant" Timpson. Teams attend a launch ceremony on a Friday night where each team is given a randomly selected genre within which to base their film's theme. They are also given three compulsory features which are common to all teams. These are a line of dialogue, a prop and a character. A new "technical" element was also included in 2010 and 2011 (a Dolly Zoom and Freeze Frame Ending respectively).

All creative work required to produce the film must be undertaken and completed within the 48 hours of the competition. This includes storylining, scriptwriting, filming, editing and audio mixing. Teams must deliver their finished film to the competition organisers by the Sunday evening to be eligible for prizes, although late deliveries will still be screened in the heats.

By 2011 the competition had grown to include more than 800 teams nationwide with at least 10,000 people believed to be involved.[citation needed]

Compulsory elements[edit]

Every year teams are given a number of compulsory elements to help ensure that film has been wholly created on the shoot weekend. The elements include a character with a gender-neutral name, a character trait, a line of dialogue, a prop, and as of 2010, a technical shot. As well as these, teams are randomly allocated a genre for their film.[1]

Year Character Character trait Line of dialogue Prop Technical shot Refs.
2003 Gnarly Watson[note 1] Rock 'n' roll legend "I didn't see that coming." Torch N/A [2]
2004 Jesse McCloud
(Auckland)[note 2]
Total has-been "Do you mind if I have the last one?" Ice N/A [3]
Terry Spears
(Wellington)[note 3]
Model "Just put that down nice and easy." Doll N/A [4]
2005 Bodil de Resny Animal lover "Please don't do that." Banana N/A [5]
2006 Robin Slade Eternal optimist "That's what I'm talking about." Mirror N/A [6]
2007 Jerry Reed Hypochondriac "What do you call that?" Rope N/A [7]
2008 Kerry Post Perfectionist "Wait a minute." Brush N/A [8]
2009 Alex Puddle Exaggerator "It doesn't fit." Rock N/A [9]
2010 Sidney Manson Fabricator "When you look at it that way..." Broken toy Dolly zoom [10]
2011 Bobby Young Ex-bully "What have you got?" Bent wire Freeze-frame shot [11]
2012 Nicky Brick Unlucky person "I did that." Leaf Slow motion [12]
2013 Vic Meyer Insomniac "Did you hear that?" Card Point of view shot [13]
2014 Morgan Foster Liar "Not with that you're not" Ball Extreme Close up / Macro [14]
  1. ^ The 2003 competition was part of the 48 Hour Film Project. "The Auckland 48 Hour Film Project". 48 Hour Film Project. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ In 2004 Auckland was given different elements than Wellington.
  3. ^ In 2004 Wellington was given different elements than Auckland.

Genres by year [15] [16][edit]

Year Staple Genres Common Genres Once-off Genres
Action Crime Horror/
Sex education
Race against
the clock
2007 grindhouse, western, war, unnecessary sequel, coming of age
2008 animal film, buddy, juvenile delinquent, drama, pretentious art film
2009 parallel world, religious, real-time, nature runs amok, conspiracy, politically incorrect, M Night Shyamalan big twist
2010 twin film, sports film, ghost film, femme fatale film, bio pic
2011 one room, body switch, quest, fad
2012 end of world, inspirational, one-shot, found footage, erotic thriller, based on an urban legend
2013 non-dialogue, obsessive relationship, robot/cyborg/android, immobilized, techno thriller, converging story-line, reunion
2014 mistaken identity, against the odds, film within a film, shock ending

Regional and national winners[edit]

After initially being held in Auckland in 2003 as part of the international 48 Hour Film Project, the independent 48Hours began in 2004 with teams in Auckland and Wellington. At its peak in 2011, it was represented in eight cities.[17]

  1. ^ The 2003 competition was part of the 48 Hour Film Project. "The Auckland 48 Hour Film Project". 48 Hour Film Project. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 


  1. ^ "48Hours: The top 14 go to battle". NZ Herald. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Taken Out". YouTube. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shameless Self Promotion". B Roll. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Forbidden Fury - 48 Hour Film 2004". YouTube. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Team MITCIT, 2005, 5 min.". MIT. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "ROBIN SLADE: THE ACTOR'S ACTOR". Film Archive. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Henrietta - 48HOURS 2007". YouTube. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Heist - Daimonds in the Desert". Joe Bleakley. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  9. ^ ""PostHumourous" - 48 Hours". YouTube. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "THE SEPARATION OF SIDNEY MANSON". Film Archive. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "48-hour film competition winners announced". Dominion Post. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "2012 compulsory elements and genres - thoughts?". 48hours. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "ELEMENTS 2013". 48Hours. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "ELEMENTS 2014". 48Hours. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Screening Room". 48Hours. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "48 Hour Review Database". 48Hours. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "48Hours Screening Room". 48 Hours. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 

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