Teams that won their city in the 48HFP or teams that have been award winners in multiple cities are invited to participate in the International Shootout during the fall. Teams get their instructions on Friday night by email and have until midnight on Monday to submit their film by mail. This year (2010) the teams were not given elements (prop, line, and character) but were instead given a scenario (End of the World) and turned loose.
Jacob Rangel says that the extra day to make the movie is actually a poison gift because it makes 48 Hour film faithful believe they have a lot of extra time. This just pays out enough rope to create quite a tangle. But Team Stroganoff finished on time and turned in this great story.
You can see more from Jake and Company at their blog here.