As of the writing of this email, a scant 15% of the registered team producers for the 2011 Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project are women. This is difficult to accept in a city like ours. With so many talented female producers, writers, directors, and other industry professionals, how is it possible that this competition is so dominated by men?
This is especially notable in a year where the 48HFP is introducing the genre FILM DE FEMME.
Never heard of a Film de Femme? That's because we invented it! This genre is specifically designed by the 48HFP to encourage strong roles for women in 48HFP films. A Film de Femme is a film featuring one or more strong female characters. What's a strong female character?
Think Marge Gunderson in FARGO, Ellen Page in JUNO, Reese Witherspoon in ELECTION, Melanie Laurent in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS or Julia Roberts in ERIN BROCKOVICH. Smart and complicated. It is worth noting that all of these films are directed by, ahem, men. If YOU want to follow in the steps of the Coens, Jason Reitman, Alexander Payne, QT or Soderbergh, by all means...
To the women: are you really going to leave it in the hands of the fellas to tell YOUR stories?
Join a tradition of success. 48HFP is the one true original. It is also an affordable way to join the next generation of emerging film making talent from around the world.
By competing in 48HFP, you are guaranteed to show on the big screen at the Atlanta's historic Plaza Theatre. Your work may qualify to screen in millions of households via the Xfinity On Demand platform. In addition, winning films advance to the National Association of Broadcaster's (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, screen at the national finals at Filmapalooza at the Miami International Film Festival, and ultimately could advance to the 48HFP International Showcase at the Short Film Corner at Cannes.
You have one week left to get off the sideline and join the game.
(Registration is now $175)
It's time to make movies!