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Filmmakers Vie for Aberdeen Title

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PIERRE, S.D. – From Viborg to Westport and Brandon to Belle Fourche, filmmaking teams across South Dakota head to Aberdeen to compete in the 48 Hour Film Project. The project is held in 30 cities worldwide including New York, Los Angeles, London and Aberdeen July 8-10. During the contest, filmmaking teams create a movie – writing, shooting and editing a four to seven minute film – all in one weekend. The winning film then competes against films from other host cities around the world to win the project’s coveted “Best of 2005” award. “The 48 Hour Film Project drew eighteen teams from all areas of the state,” said Ann Garry of the South Dakota Film Office. “Clearly South Dakotans have an interest in the film industry, and this event allows participants to prove themselves in a world-renowned contest.” The Aberdeen competition begins July 8 at 6 p.m. Teams draw their film’s genre and receive a character, prop and line of dialogue that must appear in the film. Filming officially begins at 7 p.m. Completed films are turned in 48 hours later on July 10. The completed films will be shown at Aberdeen’s historic Capitol Theater. One pool of films will premiere Tuesday, July 12 and another Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. All of the films will be screened Saturday, July 16 at 1 p.m., with an awards ceremony and closing reception to follow. All viewings are open to the public with tickets available at the door. “For an event of this caliber to come to the state, it demonstrates that South Dakota is being noticed as a valuable source of talent,” said Tom Black, organizer of the Aberdeen event. “We are holding multiple viewings so the public has a chance to check out the outstanding local filmmaking talent.” Visit for more information about 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.