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First for Halifax: 48 Hour Film Project comes to town

Movie deemed “The Best of Halifax” will be shown at Seattle's Filmapalooza and possibly at Cannes.

The 48 Hour Film Project's Halifax producer Blerina Berberi.

The 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project's Halifax producer Blerina Berberi.

For the first time, Halifax filmmakers will have the chance join people in more than 140 cities for the 48 Hour Film Project.

Blerina Berberi, the producer for the project’s Halifax branch, worked for about a year in order to bring it to the area. As someone with a history of working with creative projects, Berberi believes it’s important for Haligonians to show their work to people in other parts of the world.

“If Halifax filmmakers want to know how good they are, they shouldn’t compete just with the people in the province or in the country, but also with an international market,” said Berberi.

The 48 Hour Film Project began more than a dozen years ago in Washington D.C. and has since expanded globally.

Until this year, Toronto was the only participating Canadian city.

Teams must register by Friday at 6 p.m., the time of the event kick-off. They will then have 48 hours to draw a series of elements – a genre, character, line of dialogue and a prop – which are all required to be included in each team’s final project.

“Also, there is another feature, being the first year for Halifax,” said Berberi. “The teams have to highlight the city. Which could be a landmark (or) a public sculpture, like the wave.”

There’s no specific criteria for the film’s format or quality of the footage.

The short film (four to seven minutes, excluding credits) must be handed in by 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The films will be screened for audiences, as well as a panel of judges, on Oct. 1 at the Halifax Central library.

The movie deemed the “The Best of Halifax” will be shown at Filmapalooza in Seattle, with the possibility of it being screened again at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

“Being under pressure (for) 48 hours, you have to be really creative,” said Berberi.