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As the 48 Hour Film Project and Africa in Motion roll into town, filmmakers are invited to take part in the festivities.

Following its notable success last year, The List is pleased to see the return of the 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP), to Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema at the end of May. Filmmakers from across Scotland will be offered the opportunity to spend a weekend making a film in just 48 hours.

Last year’s winner, Lee Archer, has enjoyed critical acclaim on the back of his 2008 entry, recently returning from the Miami International Film Festival’s Filmapalooza, the international finals of the 48 Hour Film Project. His film Travel Plans, starring Scottish actor Jimmy Chisholm, was screened alongside 70 other winning pieces from around the world.

This year’s winner will not only be in with a chance of winning the grand prize of Avid Media Composer software, but will also be invited to attend the 2009 Filmapalooza in Las Vegas. Filmmaking teams of all sizes and backgrounds will meet at the Cameo bar on Friday, May 22, where they will receive a character, prop, and line of dialogue. They will then pull a genre out of a hat, and use these elements to make a film, which must be delivered at the Cameo on Sunday 24 May. Film fans can get a chance to see the films screened at the Cameo on 26–28 May. Registration is now open at

Elsewhere, Africa in Motion (AiM) are looking for African filmmakers to submit short film, with all shortlisted films due to be screened at the 4th Africa in Motion Film Festival in October, at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse. The deadline for competition submissions is 30 June, with the shortlist of films selected by an AiM viewing committee and announced in August.

48HFP will be held at the Cameo, Edinburgh, 22– 24 May. See for full submission guidelines and to download an entry form.

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