The details are official! The 2011 Awards and Highlights show for the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project will be held at Madrone Studios in San Francisco’s SOMA district.
The location for the event was selected not only for its suitability for an awards and screening event, but also because the facility is an interesting resource for independent media producers in the SF Bay Area. Madrone Studios boasts a sound stage, dressing and kitchen facilities, equipment and technical support suitable for public events and indoor film shoots, and a friendly, competent, and professional staff.
On June 10th, nearly 55 teams of independent filmmakers set out to create a short film (4-7 minutes) in a mere 48 hours. They were given a prop, line of dialog and a character that had to be included in the film. Then, to make matters more interesting, they were randomly assigned a genre. Their job was to write, shoot, edit and deliver the film by the evening of June 12th.
The films were seen by San Francisco audiences between June 15th and June 22nd. Then a jury of industry professionals, film community leaders, and festival producers reviewed the films to determine merit in a number of areas.
At the Awards and Highlights show, the awards will be announced, and a dozen of the films will be screened, interspersed with comments from the jurists.
There’s more of course. Awards will be presented for merit in the realm of community contribution, festival organization and more. Appearances by past award winners in several categories are also expected.
For fans of locally produced independent media, this is an evening not to miss.