PATV competition gives area filmmakers 48 hours to do their best (or worst)

PATV Channel 18’s first-ever No Sleep 48 Hour Film Festival is scheduled to kick off on October 17 at 7:30 p.m., challenging teams of local filmmakers to create 3-10 minute short films within — you guessed it — 48 hours.

In addition to the time constraint (submissions are due by Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.), the films will be required to use a specific prop, theme and line of dialogue, the details of which will be announced at the start of the festival next month. All entries will then be shown during a special presentation on PATV channel 18 (the details of which are TBD).

According to event organizer and PATV Production Manager Sara Tate, all submissions meeting the guidelines will be judged by a panel consisting of the head of film and video production for the University of Iowa’s Cinematic Arts department, Jesse McLean, a member of the video production company Other Films, and one more yet-to-be-determined cinematic specialist.

Registration for the event is currently open and will extend through October 15, though Tate suggests getting signed up as soon as possible. Participants can register online or by visiting PATV studios at 206 Lafayette St.

“Get your team together early,” Tate said. “It’s always easier if each person has a specific job and you can divvy up the work equally.”

Tate says that an online submission process will eventually be available for those who wish to participate, but are unable to make it to PATV studios to submit their work in-person.

Registration costs $15 per team, with proceeds going in support of PATV and the festival itself. Check out the festival’s official website for a complete run-down of contest rules.

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