“Film and Video Society Holds 48 Hour Film Festival”

From: Dennis Conway                                                 Date: October 17, 2019

The FVS 48 Hour Film Festival 1st Place Winners (Left to Right): FVS Faculty Advisor Dennis Conway, Ryan Bryant, Hakeem Bray. (Missing: Desyree Hernandez, Shawna Small)
The 2nd Place Winners: Advisor Conway, Amy Cash, Cameron Tudor. (Missing: Zach Robinson, Jamie Collins)

The 3rd Place Winner (Left to Right): Advisor Conway, Sedrick Bolton.



What’s a 48 Hour Film Festival? It’s a type of filmmaking scramble, in which teams compete to write, cast, direct, shoot, and edit a narrative video in 48 hours. However, each team must include three elements in their movie, drawn at random at the contest’s start: a prop, a character, and a line of dialogue. And so began the Mass Media Film and Video Society’s Fall 48 Hour Film Festival, held on October 11 – 13.

At 6 p.m. on Friday night, four teams were given the three elements: A cell phone that never works, someone who does karate kicks and poses all the time, and the line, “You wanna see something creepy?” The winners were screened at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Mass Media Building.  Teams were allowed to be as large or small as they liked, and their movie could be as short or as long as they liked.  The First Place winner received a $50 Gift Certificate to Starbuck’s, and the Second and Third Place winners each received a $25 Gift Certificate.

The First Place award was won by Ryan Bryant and his team (Hakeem Bray, Desyree Hernandez, and Shawna Small). The piece, “Entiti,” involved a mysterious entity that haunted a young person.  The Second Pace Award went to Amy Cash and her team (Cameron Tudor, Zach Robinson, and Jamie Collins) for their video, “48 Hours,” involving a strange transformation of a person.  Third place went to Sedrick Bolton and his team for “Entry.”  A fourth team, led by Nam Huynh, could not finish in time, but received an Honorable Mention.  Their piece, “Face Your Fear,” was a karate movie which also featured Mason Hawk, Matt Varrone, and Kaitlyn Moore.   FVS President Arriana Williams presided over the ceremony, and Vice President Cameron Tudor was a member of the 2nd Place Team.

The Film and Video Society will hold a One Minute Film Festival in the Spring. Students must create a Narrative piece which runs for 60 seconds, including the credits.  The FVS meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Mass Media Building.  Future meetings will include a Table Reading of student scripts, more movie screenings, and guest speakers.  The group also sponsors the Mass Media End-of-the-Semester Showcase, featuring the program’s best video productions from the Fall semester.  The Showcase will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.  All are invited and prizes will be awarded.  Please email FVS President Arriana Williams at arrwilliams@valdosta.edu for more information.