‘The V’ 48HOURS is officially the largest filmmaking competition in the Southern Hemisphere. Now in its sixth year, the competition is drawing to a thrilling conclusion on July 3rd at 8.30pm on C4 Television. The two hour TV special was created by Two Heads and is jammed packed with all the cheers and tears of what 48HOURS entails. There are team profiles, behind the scenes action, spotlights on Animation, Maori and Teen Teams, Special awards and the nine competing short films.
Filmmakers from around New Zealand are competing for a Grand Prize package worth over $100,000.
Peter Jackson has selected his Wildcard shorts for this years ‘V’ 48HOURS Grand National Final. His choices will compete alongside the City Winners from Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Gisborne, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The first wildcard is Team Lense Flare with their time travel short called BEYOND BELIEF. An apt title for the team who were chosen last year as a wildcard and ended up going on to be crowned Grand Champions. All eyes will be on the Grand Final to see if they can pull off the biggest back to back victory ever.
There is strong competition coming from three time Grand Finalists Smashing Pants, a Wellington team who could live the ultimate cliché and make it third time lucky. They’ll have to get past six year veterans of the competition, Fractured Radius, a team coined after their director broke his wrist in their debut short back in 2003. And then there are the sleeping giants, the unassuming Guerilla Monkeys from Hamilton and the soon-to-be-known but extremely assured Spooce Media:The Real McCoy from Christchurch. Dunedin has newcomers The Dangly Gruffnuts and Gisborne has Team Kaiti Hill, a husband and wife team who might just win on charm alone.
An international judging panel of film experts will decide just who will be the Grand Champion for 2008. The judges include Mimi Brody from UCLA Film Archive, Livia Bloom the curator of Moving Image Centre in NYC, Michael Koller from the Melbourne Cinematheque, Doug Jones from LA Film Festival, Tim League from Fantastic Fest and Mitch Davis from Fantasia Film Festival.
One of the nine shorts below only one will be crowned Grand National Champ 2008.
The End by Fractured Radius (Auckland)
A man tries to keep the script to his final moments just perfect
Sum Of All Parts by Guerilla Monkeys (Hamilton)
A creepy tale of obsessive love and body parts
le dernier jour de Tony (Tony’s Last Day) by Kaiti Hill (Gisborne, Tairawhiti)
A wry look at a kiwi abroad
Darlene by Smashing Pants (Wellington)
A troubled youth, some stolen goods and love
The Real McCoy Agent Post:
Or How I Stopped Being Pretentious And Learned To Love Cliche by Spooce Media (Christchurch)
Ken & Barbie meet Michale Bay and things blow up
Two Bodies, One Night by Dangly Gruffnuts (Dunedin)
Nothing like an unwanted stiff to ruin your night
Beyond Belief by Lense Flare (Peter Jackson Wildcard)
Witness the unbelievable but true story of the backward man
+ The final two Wildcards will be revealed July 3rd in the Time Out section of the NZ Herald.
‘V’ 48HOURS – C4, JULY 3RD, 8.30pm – Rated M for aMazing
If home viewers don’t agree with our esteemed Judges they can cast their votes after the Grand Final at www.c4tv.co.nz. The team that gets the most votes wins a thousand bucks.
48HOURS OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Hundreds of teams compete. Hundreds of thousands watch.
WRITE. SHOOT. CUT. SURVIVE.