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Communications program sponsoring 48-Hour Movie Project

March 1, 2016
By cnp
Posted in Communication Studies

The University of the Ozarks' communication program is once again providing a platform for aspiring filmmakers with this semester's 48-Hour Movie Project.

This is the third year for the short film competition, which debuted in 2011.  Teams will have 48 hours to conceptualize, write, shoot, edit, and export a 4-6 minute movie.

Registration to enter the contest runs through March 11. The competition is open to U of O students, faculty and staff as well as people in the community, including local high school students.

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Teams may not exceed eight members and participants must shoot and edit the film on their own equipment. The project will be limited to the first 10 teams that register.

Entries will be judged by a three-person panel based upon technical merit, creative and aesthetic value, and adherence to competition stipulations. Entrants are also encouraged to create their own soundtracks for the films, whether by creating music themselves, using local artists who have agreed to allow their music to be used in the film or by using royalty free stock music.

The 48-Hour Movie Project will begin with an opening meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in the lower level of Raymond Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel.  During the opening meeting, the festival staff will cover the rules, stipulations and details of the competition. At the end of the meeting, teams will be released to begin working on their films over the next 48 hours. At least one member of each team must be present at the opening meeting. The deadline for film submissions will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.

There will be a screening of all the films for the public at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in the Rogers Conference Center on campus. Awards for several categories will be announced during the screening.

To enter, select a team captain, fill out the registration form, and return it to Ryan West at or to the communications department office, located on the first floor of Walker Hall. For more information, please contact West at

48-Hour Movie Project Registration Form