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Filmmaking Competition Headed to Aberdeen

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PIERRE, S.D. – An international filmmaking competition is coming to South Dakota July 8-10. The 48 Hour Film Project is held in 30 cities worldwide, including New York, Los Angeles, London and Aberdeen, S.D. The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to support independent filmmakers and energize independent filmmaking communities. During the competition, filmmaking teams create a movie – writing, shooting and editing a four-seven minute film – all in one weekend. It is open to professionals and amateurs alike. The winning film competes against films from around the world to win the project’s coveted “Best of 2005” award. “The 48 Hour Film Project is a chance for young filmmakers to add to their portfolio and for first-time filmmakers to gain valuable experience,” said Tom Black, organizer of the Aberdeen event. “Regardless of their skill level, the competition is a unique experience for filmmakers.” The Aberdeen competition kicks off July 8, as teams draw their film’s genre. At the same time, they receive a character, prop and line of dialogue that must appear in the film. Teams then race to create their film in 48 hours. A few days later, they will see their finished work on the big screen at Aberdeen’s historic Capitol Theater. “Hosting part of this worldwide competition is an amazing opportunity for Aberdeen and South Dakota,” said Ann Garry of the South Dakota Film Office. “Filmmakers have a chance to showcase their talent, in an unconventional way, to the film industry.” Visit for more information or to register for the competition. The South Dakota Film Office is part of the Office of Tourism and markets South Dakota as a filming destination and facilitates filming within the state. Its efforts fit into the 2010 Initiative goal of doubling visitor spending in the state to $1.2 billion by the year 2010.