Make a Green Film in 48 Hours

The 48 Hour Film Project (48 HFP) is going green in one of the competitions it is produces. As part of 48 Go Green, participants have to write, shoot, and edit an environmentally themed film.  The catch and the fun of it all is that all of this as to be done within a 48 hour time period.
The 48 HFP started back in 2001 in Washington, DC.  Over the past decade, it has expanded to cover metropolitan areas, from east coast to west coast around the country.  It has even grown around to cities in Asia, Europe, ad Africa.  At the start of each cities competition, each team is given the same character, prop, and a line of dialogue.  However, each team draws a random genre, such as action, comedy, horror, etc….  The next 48 hours is filled with adrenaline and tireless nights to make the short film into a reality.  Screenings take place where judges pick the best films.  Even the audience get to their favorite.

Stories are one of the most powerful and persuasive methods we have of sharing and inspiring change.  One of the best mediums for storytelling is film.  Imagine the power of an environmentally themed film.

48 Go Green adds that eco twist, to the 48 HFP.  Each team is still given the basic character, prop, and line of dialogue.  But instead of drawing a genre, teams draw a random environmentally theme:

  • animals
  • energy
  • the environment in general
  • forests
  • the next generation
  • the planet
  • the sea
  • water

Whether you are an amateur or professional, you have a chance to have a positive influence about the environment, in your own city, nationally, or across the world.  The top winner in he global 48 Go Green competition will be screened at Cannes, the world renowned film festival.  City winners will be screened at the National Broadcasters Association Show, in Las Vegas, NV.

If you live in one of the selected cities, you can participate in-person a the live event.  Strangely enough, they seem to be the leading cities in moving towards sustainability:


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Los Angeles

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New York

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Portland (Oregon)

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San Francisco

If one of these cities is out of reach, don’t fret, because there is an online competition.

The competition will kick off February 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. local time.  The final film is to be dropped off 48 hours later, February 20, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. local time.  Each city 48 Go Green competition is limited to 30 teams.

What eco stories can you write, shoot, and edit in 48 hours?  What can you do in 48 hours, that can maybe change the world?  What a fun and engaging way to share our message of sustainability? Leave your ideas in the comments!

Jonathan Mariano is an MBA candidate with the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, CA. His interests include the convergence between lean & green and pursuing free-market based sustainable solutions.