48HOURS is NZ’s largest Guerrilla filmmaking competition! There is nothing quite like it.

Simply put, filmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film.

Filmmakers don’t know what genre (thriller/romance etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the competition. All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48 hour window beginning Friday evening at 7pm and ending Sunday at 7pm. To add to the mayhem, they must also include some random elements.

In previous years they have included lines of dialogue, props, characters and special camera moves. A few days later, the completed films are all screened in heats to an eager audience. The best films are selected by judges to compete in the City finals. Then the Judges select the best of the best and along with Peter Jackson’s Wildcards, compete in a massive Grand Final offering fabulous prizes and glory.


2016: The Thread

2016 Required Elements:

  • Genre: Horror
  • Character: Charlie Flowers (a thoughtful person)
  • Line of Dialogue: “One more time
  • Prop: Wool
  • Technical: Rack focus

2016 Awards:

Hamilton City Final

  • Best Cinematography – WON
  • Best use of Line – WON
  • Best Film – Nominated

Grand National Final

  • Best Cinematography – Nominated
  • Best Film – Nominated