48 Hour Film Project: Vietnam Again Scores More Entries Than Anywhere in Asia

48 Hour Film Project: Vietnam Again Scores More Entries Than Anywhere in Asia

This year Vietnam had over a hundred teams registered for participation in “48 Hours Film Project”, which repeatedly puts this country on top in entire Asia. HANDS-ON has spoken to ’48 Hours’ festival leader, Ross Stewart, who is running ’48 HFP’ since 2010.

Photo courtesy of Ross Stewart

Hands-On: Have all 103 teams in Saigon and 9 teams in Hanoi submitted their films on time?

Ross Stewart: This year we received 95 films in which 7 were submitted after the 8:30pm deadline. We will still screen those films due to the effort put in by the film teams. (They can still win the Audience Favourite voting award for their screening) All the films will be screened in BHD Star Cineplex (Bitexco in HCM / Pham Ngoc Thach in HN) from July 23-26.

Hands-On: You are running this Festival for 8 years already and can foresee every twist when organizing it. Did 2018 bring you any surprises so far?

Ross Stewart: There aren’t many surprises in this year, although we are finding it more and more difficult to run the program due to financial restraints. We are a community program that supports new and upcoming film makers and apart from our partners this year, it’s very difficult to find sponsors who are will to invest in film making in Vietnam.

Hands-On: Can you say that the quality of entries is raising each year, it’s about the same or it’s degrading?

Ross Stewart: Due to the nature of 48h film making, the quality often does not improve or degrade over time. Technically the films are much better, mainly due to the improvement of technology and the skill of the film makers. However, one of the areas which still hasn’t seen a lot of improvement is writing. Teams still need to focus on the fact they are making a 4-7 minute film and balancing the story and character development is still a feat that the Vietnamese film makers have not mastered.  Especially, the endings of the films are quite unsatisfying, and usually the films that are able to execute a good ending are short listed for the judges to see.

Hands-On: Was ’48 hours’ a jumping stone for any budding cinematographers that later succeeded in this industry?

Ross Stewart: The 48HFP is mainly about bringing people together and encouraging them to be creative under a lot of pressure. It’s like a huge national creative networking event where their film and their team is their calling card. Many teams actually go on to form companies or stay together to make future creative projects. For the winning team of BEST FILM, they have the opportunity to present their film at the world finals (Last year’s event was held in Paris) in which the 48HFP was able to fund the director to personally attend the event and network with over 500 film makers from around the world. If successful at that event, then the films have a chance to be screened at Cannes Film Festival in France the following year. So there are a lot of opportunities that the film makers can leverage off.

Hands-On: Why do you think ’48 hours’ attracts a lot of participants in Vietnam, but it’s not happening in other countries of Asia, and Vietnam remains a benchmark for number of entries?

Ross Stewart: The 48h Film Project actually runs in Beirut, Dubai, Indore, Israel, Karachi, Mongolia, Mumbai, New Delhi, Osaka, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo, however, Vietnam has the most participants mainly because our team works the hardest to recruit, encourage and inspire film makers to participate. We start recruiting from as early as March and have a large database of film makers from all over Vietnam. It’s pretty much a thankless job, and takes a huge toll on my team, but the result of being able to get that many film makers motivated to make films and the impact it has upon their lives is usually worth the trouble. That being said, the Vietnamese film makers are very passionate about their films and their craft – even if they aren’t professionals and that probably is one of the determining factors into why we are able to have such a large competition each yet.

Photo courtesy of 48 Hours Film Project Vietnam

We caught Ross right before the Drop-off event in HCMC, when the teams have to submit their films before the countdown ends. This is the most stressful, as well as exciting, part of the contest, followed by inevitable “MộtHai, Ba Dzô” and leaving it for the judges to decide whose sleepless past 48 hours count.

48HFP 2018 Tiec Nọp Phim Hau Truong (Dropoff Final Countdown)

Một số hình ảnh hậu trường của buổi TIỆC NỘP PHIM tại TPHCM vừa qua! Cảm ơn các nhà làm phim đã dành thời gian tham gia! <3Here's a sneak peek at some of our behind the scenes footage from our DROPOFF PARTY in HCM. This was our final countdown! What a great night! <3 #48VN

Người đăng: 48 Hour Film Project Vietnam vào Thứ Ba, 12 Tháng 6, 2018


The 48 Hour Film Project was founded in 2001 in the USA by Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston and was brought to Vietnam in 2010 by Australian Event Producer, Ross Stewart. Since then, the 48HFP has grown to be one of Vietnam’s largest and most challenging creative competitions to date. It is an opportunity for amateur, student and professional teams across the country to come together for just 1 sleepless weekend from June 8-10 to make a short film of 4-7 minutes. All films will have a common character, prop and line of dialogue, but teams will randomly choose the genre of their film at the launch event of the contest.

Leading the judging panel is international director Mr Jordan Vogt-Roberts of Kong: Skull Island (2016) and Sundance screened film The Kings of Summer (2013). Also being recently appointed as one of Vietnam’s tourism ambassadors, he commented that it was “awesome” to get the chance to see what young Vietnamese film makers were capable of producing in just 48 hours.

Photo courtesy by 48 Hour Film Project Vietnam

Jordan Vogt-Roberts will also be joined by one of Vietnam’s hottest directors Phan Nhat Gia Linh, director of Sweet 20 (2015) and the soon to be released “The Girl from Yesterday” (2017) who is participating in the judging panel in Vietnam for the first time but has been an avid participant in the 48HFP since 2011 and has won numerous awards.

Phan Nhat Gia Linh

Also joining the panel is Viet Kieu Producer and Cinematographer Bao Nguyen and Jenni Trang Le, producer of many films in Vietnam for Charlie Nguyen, Victor Vu, Phan Dang Di and Ham Tran.

Bao Nguyen
Jenni Trang Le

Prizes for this year include 2 x Panasonic Lumix GH5 Cameras, Cash with more to be announced before the screenings. The 48HFP will screen every film competed within the 48 Hour period at BHD Cinemas in HCMC and Hanoi in late July and then following is the main awards ceremony.




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