UC students invited to participate in CCM’s 48-Hour Film Festival

CCM's Acting's fifth annual 48-Hour Film Festival is open to all UC students; apply by Oct. 22 to participate.

The 48-Hour Film Festival at UC’s College-Conservatory of music challenges teams of UC students to create short films over a single weekend. Any UC student is invited to participate in the fifth annual festival, which will be held on Oct. 26-28, 2018.

Last year’s 48-Hour Film Festival had more than 100 UC student participants including acting, biology, musical theatre, computer science, electronic media, journalism, international affairs and English literature majors.

Students must submit an application to CCM Acting professor and Department Chair Richard E. Hess by 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, to participate. All students who apply will be placed on a team.

“From experienced filmmakers to first-time novices, and serious film lovers to curious dabblers, there is room for everyone on a team,” Hess says. “Any UC student who applies is placed on a team, no experience necessary.”

The clock starts ticking at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, when participants are randomly assigned to teams of eight to ten students each. The teams are each given a prop, a line of dialogue and a theme that they must use to create a short film that is five to seven minutes long.

“What are you waiting for?,” Hess asks. “Join the fun.” Application and screening event information is below.

The 48-Hour Film Festival culminates at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 in a free public screening of each team’s film at UC’s MainStreet Cinema in the Tangeman University Center.

How to Participate

Send your application and any questions to CCM Acting Chair Richard E. Hess at hessre@uc.edu. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.

Your application must include your name, college and year of study, e-mail contact, mobile contact and area of interest for the festival.

Participants will be randomly divided into teams based on what their areas of interest to
ensure that various skill sets are represented in each team. Areas of interest include:

  • Director of Photography
  • Director
  • First Assistant Director
  • Editor
  • Producer
  • Grip
  • Audio
  • Composer
  • Lead Writer
  • Actor
  • Production Design
  • Make-Up Design
  • Costume Design
  • Prop Design

Short-film Screening Time

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28


MainStreet Cinema, Tangeman University Center
University of Cincinnati


Free, reservations are not required.

Parking and Directions

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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