It’s that time of the year again, and Frederick’s film fans are excited about an iconic event that takes place every October.
The 72 Hour Film Festival, a two-night marathon of short films from area film groups, will take place at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, with the premiere showcase on Friday, Oct. 9.
The top finalists’ exhibition and awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday, Oct.10.
This will be the 10th year of the festival, presented by Fool Martyr Productions. Over 47 groups, consisting of student, amateur and professional filmmakers, are competing in this year’s event.
The objective for the 72 Hour film teams is to write, direct, produce and edit a short film within the given 72-hour window, and based off an assigned theme. The theme for this year’s event is “binary opposition.”
The participating teams were assigned a pair of opposites for their film projects.
According to the official guidelines for the participating groups, they were required to make their opposites the significant conflict of their film projects.
Donna Bertazzoni, professor of journalism at Hood College, expressed that the filmmakers’ limited deadline was an essential part of the creative workflow.
“It forces you to work on deadline, but to be creative at the same time,” Bertazzoni said. “It gets the creative juices going.”
Could it lead to careers in Film & TV?
The festival could be an essential stepping stone for all participating members, especially those who are interested in careers in film and television.
“I think any chance that anyone has an interest in film, is a great opportunity,” said Katherine Orloff, an assistant professor of journalism at Hood College.
The film groups are not only anxious about seeing their films on the big screen; they are also concerned about winning in the festival.
Josie Wawrzyniak, alumnae of Hood College and part of the “Ophiuchus Pictures” group, felt that her team’s film would be good, yet all groups are competing on the same level.
“We have a good movie this year, but everyone is on equal footing,” Wawrzyniak said. “We never know what the other teams are going to turn in.”
Lance Duvall, of the “Great Vengeance & Furious Anger” group, felt that his team’s production had strong story elements.
“Our film is a good mix of visual storytelling, and a story with heart,”
10th Annual 72 Hour Film Festival
Oct. 9 (Night 1, Premiere Showcase) at 6:30 p.m.,
Oct. 10 (Night 2, Finalists/Awards Ceremony) at 7:00 p.m.
20 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Cost: $10.00 (each night), $17.00 (both nights)
See Chris Hamby’s cameo appearance in the 2013 Great Vengeance & Furious Anger film (for the 2013 72 Hour Film Festival), “Domus.”
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