LAS CRUCES – Filmmakers from Las Cruces, El Paso and Ciudad Juárez are invited to join a 48-Hour Film Challenge later this month as part of the annual Las Cruces International Film Festival.
The challenge is set for Feb. 25-27, presented by LCIFF, Southwest & Border Cultures Institute and New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute. This year’s theme is “Reimagining Borders.”
“Let’s transcend borders, overcome limitations and reimagine how we make films in 2022,” states a news release from LCIFF.
All are welcome to participate. Registration costs $10 and can be completed online at https://forms.gle/3nbKbYemCzRcA5mx6. Those interested can request a scholarship online as well at https://forms.gle/7wJu1wdNv7trjnJWA. Teams from Juárez can contact Kyle Ivy for instructions for payment via email at email@example.com.
Once registered, teams will attend the mandatory kickoff and safety meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Salud! de Mesilla. Only one member from each team is required to attend.
Participants will then have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film. Each entry must be delivered on a self-provided flash drive to Ivy outside Milton Hall on the NMSU main campus by 6 p.m. Feb. 27.
Films from filmmakers based in Mexico must be submitted online by 6 p.m. Feb. 27. A second identical version of the film subtitled into English must be uploaded by 9 p.m. that same evening.
All films that are successfully completed and meet the challenge rules, will be screened at the 2022 film festival from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 5 at the Allen Theatres Cineport 10. Films created by those under 18 will be screened at 2 p.m. March 6 at Cineport 10 for an audience award.
Winners will be announced at the LCIFF Award Ceremony held at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces.
- First Place – $400
- Second Place – $250
- Third Place – $100
- Audience Award – $100
- Under 18 Teams Audience Award – $100