Kwa-Zulu Natal Film Commission funds The 48 Hour Film Project

KZNFC 48 hour film project

On November 8, 2014 one hundred guests attended the first 48 Hour Film Project Awards ceremony at Riverside Hotel & Spa, hosted by Durban Producer Jessica Singh. Fourteen teams competed against each other in October 2014 to complete a film in 48 hours. Nine teams’ submitted films on time and the other five teams submitted their films after the official cut off time at 7.30pm.

On Saturday night the filmmakers’ efforts were acknowledged and winners of the judged categories were rewarded with fabulous prizes totaling almost R600, 000 in value. The judges included Sanjeev Singh (Video vision Entertainment), AB Moosa (Avalon Cinema Group), Janet Van Eeden (Producer & Scriptwriter), Caroline Smart (Arts Mart) and Liza Aziz (Fineline Productions).

The following teams were winners:

Team BMH-2 (a Johannesburg-based team) took three awards totalling R245, 000 for Best Use of Line, Best Directing and Best Film with their production “Words”. “Words” will represent Durban at the Filmaplaooza in Hollywood in 2015 and will go up against 135 other international cities that competed in the 2014 competition. If “Words” is voted as one of the ten best films at Filmapalooza, it will represent Durban at Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

KZNFC sponsored bursaries which were awarded to Team BMH-3 (a Johannesburg-based team) valued at R5, 500 for Best Films. In total there were 17 awards that were attained at the event.

The sponsors responsible for prizes valued between R50, 000 and R150,000 were the KZN Film Commission, Boston Media House, Centre for Fine Arts Animation & Design, and Campus of Performing Arts.

Other key sponsors include Vega School of Brand Leadership, Keyline Graphics, Broadcast Lighting, Design School of South Africa, Canon, Durban Film Office, Durban Tourism, Suncoast CineCentre, The Paintbox, Palscreen Printers, Ambassador Media, Crosspond Productions and Go Big Productions.

Jessica Singh aims to make this competition bigger and better in 2015. Sponsors wanting to partner with Durban 48 Hour Film Project in 2015 are encouraged to email Jessica on for more information.

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