International 48Hr Film Project comes to George

SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

The signing of an agreement between the City of George and the Cape Film Commission  - to support and develop the local film industry throughout the Garden Route – was announced on Friday, 21 August 2015 at a film workshop hosted by the Knysna Municipality,  and which was supported by the City of George and the Cape Film Commission (CFC).

In line with the agreement, a film festival to be known as “The Eden Independent Film Festival” (EIFF) has been developed by the CFC with support from the National Lottery Development Trust Fund. Executive Mayor Charles Standers is thrilled with the development of this festival.

 “The by-line for the Eden Independent Film Festival is “projecting new images” and the City Council of George would like to see it become a world class gathering which provides our local film industry with a platform to showcase their talents as well as unlocking numerous permanent and temporary job opportunities for our citizens.

The EIFF festival is in the final planning stages and will run for three days over the weekend of 30 October 2015,” said Alderman Standers.

The festival, which will be hosted in George, will include workshops, screenings and feature a day of discussions around the development of local and international TV programmes, animation and sound in film.  

A special focus on short films will see the screening of the highlights from the 2015 Shnit Short Film Festival featuring South African and International filmmakers.

Running parallel with the festival and forming an integral part will be the 48 Hr Film Project.  This is an International competition where filmmakers compete to see who can make the best short film (5 -7 mins long) within a 48hr period – starting from the competition briefing and ending with a finished short film submission. 

The winning short film will go up against the best of short films selected from around the world at Filmapalooza 2016 as well as an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, Court Métrage.

Entry to the competition is R1 200 with an early-bird entry fee of R1 000 and is open to everybody.  We would encourage aspirant, and seasoned filmmakers to enter.  By doing so, your short film will form a part of the Cape Town entrants but with George being the local Head Office for briefing and submission of entries.

Entrants will draw different genres from a hat and need to include the following a number of criteria in their short film submission as well as the following specific requirements as determined by the organisers:

-          A Prop item

-          A statement or line of dialogue

-          2 Required Characters (Names provided)

Once the film has been produced, there will be a screening in George of all the films produced by local filmmakers. These will be judged locally, with the winning film travelling to Cape Town as a part of the judging to take place there.

The overall South African winner will have their short film screened at the international festival in Los Angeles as well as at Cannes in 2016.

For more information please check out the 48Hr website:

or contact the Cape Film Commission at [email protected]