In conjunction with its Prop-Up Prop campaign, Prop Thtr is proud to announce the first event of its new bi-annual original film competition series, March Missed Connections: A 48-Hour Film Festival (MMCFF).
Open to all ages and levels of skill, registration for Prop’s MMCFF begins today and will remain open through 11:59 PM CT March 9th. For a meager entry fee of $20 and simple registration, at the newly redesigned Prop Thtr website (http://www.propthtr.org/film-festival.html), anyone, individual or group, may secure themselves a seat in the competition and screening!
The catch? Contestants’ films will be required to both draw their inspiration from a Missed Connection posting taken from a local source as well as feature a previously selected prop. Both the inspiration and prop assignments will be sent to registered teams, by e-mail, the evening of Friday, March 11th. As if things weren’t interesting enough; from the moment teams receive their assignment, the clock will be ticking! All films will be due, uploaded to YouTube, two days later moments before the stroke of midnight: 11:59 PM CT on Sunday, March 13th
Then what happens? ... A lot!
Each film will be screened by a panel of judges and critiqued against a standard criterion. 2 weeks later, on Friday March 25th & Saturday March 26th at 7 PM CT, Prop Thtr will roll out the red carpet for filmmakers, friends and family alike at the MMCFF screening festival during which all films will be premiered. Hosted at Prop’s home, 3502 N. Elston Ave., the MMCFF will offer filmmakers the chance to see their name in lights, have their filmed screened in 60+ seat houses two nights in a row, and a unique opportunity to network with other theatre and film artists in attendance as we work to break down the barriers between realms.
To mark the occasion the second, Saturday March 26th will with an awards ceremony honoring our filmmakers with awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor and many more as voted upon by our illustrious panel of judges. Those who are fortunate enough to walk away winners the evening of Saturday, March ,will not only retain the bragging rights tied to their awards but will also receive surprises from new 26th neighborhood favorites and longtime staples.
After the festival ends, all films will remain posted to the Prop Thtr YouTube channel for unlimited viewing by Prop audience members around the world. Additionally, the top films and their creators will also be honored with a dedicated profile and film page on the Prop Thtr website. In an effort to foster growth and as a courtesy to all our filmmakers, each team will receive formal feedback following the festival from judges offering their unique insight and interpretations.
Filmmakers; grab your cameras, your lights, get set and go!
Until then, be sure to check out propthtr.org and Prop Thtr on Facebook for updates!