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PRESS RELEASE: Vista Foundation 48Hours is back for 2019

The Vista Foundation 48Hours is New Zealand's largest film competition with centres in Auckland, Hamilton, Taranaki, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Published 24 May 2019 | by


The Vista Foundation 48Hours is New Zealand's largest film competition with centres in Auckland, Hamilton, Taranaki, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

 Launch events are held around the country where teams are given a genre and required elements to include in their films on Friday 14th June and then the countdown begins for 48 hours. Final entries must be submitted by 7 pm on 16th June - Sunday evening.

 So, if your creative and have some gear, pull a team together and get involved. Individuals or teams can join for an early bird price prior to 24th May. Vista Foundation 48Hours offers free entries for seven lucky community groups across the country (see website for details) and homeschool networks, primary, intermediate and high schools get a special 2 for 1 deal.


 Last year’s event saw Alison Titulaer from Coromandel take out the competition for the Bay of Plenty Region with the musical genre with her film “Manawa Bay”. She won the top award at a red carpet event held at Rialto Cinemas in Tauranga. This year, we are excited to bring her back as one of our judges. 

 Alison said “The 48 Hours is an amazing opportunity to throw yourself into the madness and have a finished short film at the end of the weekend! It’s a great way to cut your teeth as a film-maker, and the perfect place to make mistakes and try something risky. Give it a go! You’ve got nothing to lose, except sleep. 

 We had such a great time making our film last year. We were a brand new team, so it was awesome for all of us collaborating with people we’d never worked with before, and as a result some of us have worked on projects together since. It's great to be connected with Bay of Plenty Film and other filmmakers in the area too. 

 Winning Best Female Director at the National Finals was such an honour, and surprise, having never directed in the 48 Hours before. The whole experience certainly gave me more confidence, and practice. I couldn’t have done it without the whole team, especially our DP James for making the film look beautiful - he just missed out on winning Best Cinematographer at the National Finals too! “

 Anton Steel, CEO of Bay of Plenty Film said about the event “Having Vista Foundation 48hours in the Bay of Plenty brings a whole new community of filmmakers together. Bay of Plenty Film is excited both to host this event in the region and also see the great films that get cooked up over the weekend”



The competition is open to the public and teams can enter even if they have never made a film before. If people are keen to be linked to a team, then contact local Vista Foundation 48Hours city manager Annie Lawler. annie@filmonaday.com

 For further information, contact: Annie Lawler at annie@filmonaday.com and 0275 266 275 on behalf of BOP Film/48HOURS Or https://www.48hours.co.nz

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