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Four Points Film Project 2021: Locations and Legends
Your challenge this year is to feature your city or town AND your film should be told as a Folk Tale, Legend, or Tall Tale.
Are you ready to spin a yarn?! This year’s Project puts your creativity to the test! You must incorporate a landmark or distinguishing feature of your city or town AND the story must be in the style of a legend. Whether you call it a folk tale, a tall tale or a legend, we’re looking for your film to fall into one of the following styles.
1. Folk tales are stories originating in popular culture, typically passed on by word of mouth. Folk tales describe how the main character copes with the events of everyday life, and the tale may involve crisis or conflict. They also have themes common among cultures worldwide.
2. Legends resemble folk tales in content; they may include supernatural beings, elements of mythology, or explanations of natural phenomena, but they are associated with a particular locality or person and are told as a matter of history.
3. Tall tales are narratives that depict the wild adventures of extravagantly exaggerated folk heroes. The tall tale is essentially an oral form of entertainment; the audience appreciates the imaginative invention rather than the literal meaning of the tales.
Each film must include:
• a landmark (building, monument, etc.)
• identifying characteristic (e.g. bus, city office)
• the city/town being featured prominently in your story
Filmmakers from all over the world will compete to see who can make the best short film in only three days. The 4PFP is an online contest which follows the same basic idea of the 48HFP - write, produce, and edit a short film in just a weekend using an assigned genre and three elements which are announced via email at the start of the weekend.
The 4PFP films are all judged by a panel of film professionals, and the top 4PFP film will screen at both Filmapalooza 2023 and the Cannes Film Festival 2023 Short Film Corner. Additionally the top 15 films will be made available online where the general public will vote for the winner of Audience Favorite, who will also screen at Filmapalooza 2023. In addition, there will be $4000 USD in prizes.
The Four Points Film Project competition weekend begins at 7:00 PM your local time on Friday and concludes on Monday at midnight. That gives your team 77 hours to write, shoot, edit, score and submit your short film. You will be assigned two random genres and you must shoot your film using either, or both, of the genres. Each time zone will be assigned its own set of elements - character, prop and line of dialogue. All films will be submitted online and instructions will be provided to your team upon registration.