MAD students produce 50 short films in the 48-Hour Film Challenge

Imagine having to write, shoot and edit a short film in under 48 hours. It may sound impossible, but for students from the School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) at Durham College (DC), this is just a regular assignment and the goal of the 3rd annual 48-Hour Film Challenge.

On October 9, more than 400 MAD students spanning five programs were placed into 50 teams and each given a line of dialogue, prop and hero type that had to be included in their final submissions. Second-year and graduate-program students participating as veterans were also required to take on the role of producer or director.

On October 12, the films were screened at the Cineplex Odeon Theatre in Oshawa and judged by a panel of industry professionals. Best picture went to Butterfly Man, credits to Steve Donoghue, Thi Thu Hang Bui, Nicholas Eeuwes and Amy Fawcett. The following films were also honoured at the screening; Dustin Time,The High Road, MeCycler and Justice is Delivered.

“This challenge emphasizes the importance of producing great work under a lot of pressure and we’re proud of the 100-per-cent success rate for three years running” says MAD professor Jennifer Bedford.

The largest competition of its kind in Canada, the event also provides students the opportunity to develop communication, teamwork and problem solving skills.

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