One line of dialogue. One prop. One character. Infinite possibilities.

If the prospect of spending 48 hours working non-stop on an awesome piece of short film fueled only by pizza and adrenaline doesn’t frighten you, then you just might be KVIK 48 Hour Film Festival material. And if it terrifies you, join in anyway, because hey, there will be pizza.

“The 48 Hour Film Festival is awesome because it’s an opportunity to create an entire film in a really short period of time,” said KVIK Coordinator Roxy Ewing. “I think a lot of times what keeps people from making short films is that it’s extremely time consuming and daunting, so compacting it into such a short amount of time opens it up to people who maybe haven’t done it before or just get intimidated by the whole process.”

There are several guidelines for participants, who can register individually or as teams of three to six. Each film will be required to incorporate a designated prop, line of dialogue and character as a part of their film. Each team draws a genre out of a hat within which their film should be made - sitcom, slasher, film noir, etc. After completion, films are judged by a panel of faculty members and community members. The judges base their decisions 60 percent on story and creativity and 40 percent on technical composition. The winners are shown at a premiere at the Pickford Film Center downtown.

There is no requirement that you have any film experience, said Sammi Firman, AS Films Coordinator and former 48 Hour participant.

“You could have zero film experience and still come and have a good time. That’s the beauty of this. It’s a mixture of people who have film experience and people who don’t, and so if you don’t, you get that hands on experience,” Firman said. “You’re thrown into it and you don’t really have the option to sit by because it’s all hands on deck to get it done.”

The possibilities are massive. The opportunity is at hand. And it’s free. As Ewing puts it, there’s nothing to lose.

“It’s an opportunity to do a 48 hour film fest that’s free, a lot of others cost money. We have a lot of resources at the university so it’s a great time to take advantage of them, to just try your hand at something, and if you don’t like something, there’s no consequences. You can express yourself creatively, and then decide you hate it,” Ewing said. “Plus, we have pizza.”
Want to learn more about being a part of KVIK’s 2014 48 Hour Film Festival? Make sure to attend the informational meeting on Friday, March 7, from 5-6 p.m. in VU 714.

Previous winning videos can be found on KVIK’s YouTube channel.