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HP48HOURS Grand National Final

After intense regional heats all around the country, the HP48HOURS Grand National Final on November 25 at the Civic will reveal which short filmmaking teams take out awards.






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After intense regional heats all around the country, the HP48HOURS Grand National Final on November 25 at the Civic will reveal which short filmmaking teams take out awards and just who will walk away with the glory of being crowned Grand Champion of HP48HOURS 2016. The prizes are generous and of great value to the careers and dreams of the winners. The full prize list is here: 48Hoursprizes

The HP48HOURS national guerilla filmmaking competition challenges teams to write, shoot, edit and score a film of up to five minutes duration over a single 48-hour period. This year the competition received 550 entries in seven regions, backed for the first time this year by HP, a company known as the real power behind the film industry.

The films were made over the weekend of September 16-18, with participants ranging from high school teams to experienced filmmakers, actors and comedians. And groups of mates getting together to get creative with a camera.

Past winners have included Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) TheDownLowConcept (7Days) and Gerard Johnstone (Housebound).

Every year, Sir Peter Jackson, the long-standing patron of the event, chooses his slate of “wildcard” finalists. (This year’s four are listed below). He has noted the ability of the competition to uncover passionate and skilled new filmmakers.

Competition Organiser since 2003, Ant Timpson, says, "This year’s international judges were impressed by the standard of the finalists and the way the competition unearths and encourages the next storytellers of New Zealand". (Judges are listed below)

This year’s Grand Finalists include two teams (Viva La Dirt League and Haynesfilm) who have also just been granted ‘Skip Ahead’ funding from NZOnAir - “NZ On Air and YouTube have established this co-funding initiative to enable successful YouTubers to make the leap to creating narrative-driven webseries content.” More info here: skipahead

Past and present 48Hours films are available to view here:

HP48Hours 2016 Grand Champion wins this prize:

$10,000 Cash Grant; Courtesy of NZFC
$6,000 Cash Grant; Courtesy of Wingnut Films
HP ZBook Studio Touch enabled 4K Mobile Workstation with Thunderbolt dock and 4K external display (valued at $7,000+GST) courtesy of HP
$15,000 of Post Production time at Curious Films
$5,000 of rental from Professional Lighting Services
Up to $65,000USD worth of a Premium Production Bundle from Moxio**
2 days of Professional Foley Perform, Record & Edit (valued at $2,500) courtesy of Bespoke Audio***
1 day Sound Editing & and 1 day of Sound Mixing (valued at $2,000) courtesy of Northwestern Digital****
A 12 month Professional Subscription (valued at $1,200) courtesy of Digital Pigeon

There are also substantial film-related prizes for Runners Up and category winners,

Full list is here: 48Hoursprizes

HP48Hours 2016 Grand National Finalists


(Time) Travel Centre - Chillybox - Time Travel Movie
Dazza and Bazza: Kiwi Dad Detectives - Squint Eastwood - Mystery Movie
Text Back - Chess Club - Rom-Com Movie
The Painter - Traces of Nut - Horror Move


A Bro's Life - Rubber Soul Production - Bro or Bechdel Movie
A Disabled Account - NZBS Pig's Guts Films - Mistaken Identity Movie
Bromancing The Stone - Team Indeed - Bro or Bechdel Movie
Charity Run - Viva La Dirt League - Lovers on the Run Movie
Charlie Loves Me Most - Rambunctious Gumption - One-Location Movie
Down to the Wire - TBALC Alpha - Bro or Bechdel Movie
Finest Creation - Angle3 Pictures - Puppet Movie
Ghostfish: Catfished By A Ghost - Prime Rib - Horror Movie
LOVE.EXE - Bork! - Rom-Com Movie
Mahnamana - Haynesfilm Bunch - Puppet Movie
Roller - PickleThugs - Comedy of Errors Movie
Suede - Couch Kumaras - Mystery Movie
The Thread - Big Picture Minor Deets - Horror Movie
Wellingtopia - Lovely Bongo Drums - Dystopian Movie


7:30pm, Friday November 25th at The Civic, Auckland.
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The judges

Clark Collis (Snr Writer : Entertainment Weekly)

Brad Schiff (Ani Supervisor Kubo & The Two Strings)

 Tom Hern (Prod: The Dark Horse)

Mukpuddy,(Barefoot Bandits)

 Antony Starr (official) (Actor Banshee)

 Jordan Hoffman (Writ: The Guardian)

 Amy Nicholson (Writer MTV)

 Jen Yamato (Writ: Daily Beast)

 Gabe Van Amburgh (Programmer SXSW)

Kate Alexis Elliott (Act : Jean)

 Cushla Dillon (Editor : A Flickering Truth)

 Ted Geoghegan (Dir:We Are Still Here)

 Phil Blankenship (Prog: New Beverly Cinema)

 Guy Lavallee (NorthwestFest)

Andrew Beattie & Vanessa Hurley (Spfx/Makeup/Hair : Deathgasm)

Karl Steven (Composer : 800 Words

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Annick Mahnert (Fantastic Fest)

Tristan & Kiah Roache-Turner (Wrymwood)

 Hugues Barbier (Ithaca Film Fest)

Richard Beer (PDX Filmworks)

Dylan Skolnick(Dir: CinemaArts Centre NYC)

 Shelagh Rowan-Legg (Sight & Sound)

Jay Morong (Charlotte Film Festival)

 Logan Ann Taylor (Asst Prog SXSW)


Sir Peter Jackson, who chose his WildCard films

Contact details: 
Sue May, Kiriata Publicity 0274 739 318

Written by

Kiriata Publicity and Distribution

21 Nov 2016

Interests Kiriata Publicity operates as a specialist publicist of films in New Zealand, created and owned by film publicist Sue May.