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Jefferson College hosts Fourth Annual 48-Hour Film Contest

In connection with Jefferson College’s PACE (Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment) Series, community filmmakers have the chance to form a team and direct, produce, or star in a an original short film during the fourth annual 48-Hour Film Festival sponsored by the college’s Cultural Diversity Committee and Fine Arts Club.

The deadline for entry forms and a preliminary meeting will be held on Friday, at noon (Fine Arts Mac Lab, Hillsboro Campus, Room FA 210). The contest is open to all community members and college students, faculty and staff within a 200 mile radius of the Hillsboro campus. There is no cost to enter. Entry forms are available by contacting Assistant Art Professor Nick Nihira at

Teams are required to attend a kickoff meeting on March 20, at 10:30 a.m. where Jefferson College alumnus and current filmmaker Eric Stanze will provide insight, tips and advice on filmmaking. Stanze recently directed the second unit for the Sundance official selection “Stake Land” and the Cannes Film Fest official selection “We Are What We Are.”


Teams of up to five members will be given a theme and must work within 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a film up to seven minutes in length. Teams must attend all of the meetings in order to participate.


All work must be original and shot within the 48 hours allotted. Films must conform to the decency standards of a community college environment as determined by the Film Committee.

Teams will begin filming on March 20 and will have access to the college’s Fine Arts Mac Lab on March 21. Finished films must be submitted by March 22, at 12:15 p.m.

Cash prizes will be awarded for “Best Overall Film” ($300) and “Runner Up” ($200). Submitted films will be shown during a public screening on April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Hillsboro campus. Due to time constraints, the screening may be limited to the 10 best films.

For additional information about the Jefferson College 48-Hour Film Project, contact Nick Nihira at or call 636-481-3377 or 636-797-3000, extension 3377 (TDD 789-5772).

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