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Frantic48 film challenge goes this weekend

The majority of teams hail from Alberta, but the B.C. Peace will have some skin in the game -- including a pair of newspaper editors who respect the contest’s 48-hour deadline.
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Filmmakers throughout the Alberta and B.C. Peace Region will be getting frantic this weekend -- including a trio of filmmakers from Pouce Coupe and Fort St. John.

The clapboard drops Friday night on the third annual Frantic48, where a dozen filmmaking teams will have 48 hours to shoot a two to seven-minute short film using an assigned genre, prop and line of dialogue. 

“Our film challenges are open to filmmakers of all levels and age groups,” says Monty Simo, president of the Peace Region Independent Media Arts, the organization that puts on the fest.

“The point is to learn as much as possible by creating something hands-on.”

The majority of teams hail from Alberta, but the B.C. Peace will have some skin in the game -- including a pair of newspaper editors who respect the contest’s 48-hour deadline.

Rob Brown and Matt Preprost, editors of the Dawson Creek Mirror and Alaska Highway News, respectively, along with Eagle Vision Video Productions cinematographer Jesse McCallum, will compete for the challenge’s Juried and Audience Choice Awards. 

Completed films will be shown Sunday, May 15, as part of the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie. The week-long event kicks off Monday, May 9.

In last’s year Frantic48, filmmakers were challenged to create a film using a red balloon and the line: “just because you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there.” Genres included Shakespearian horror, a coming-of-age sci-fi, and a time-travel drama.

Only nine of the 13 teams made the deadline. 

At the end of the weekend, Simo says, the competition is not really even a competition.

“It is actually much more of a challenge,” he said.

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- Staff writer