48 Hour Film Festival

What do Obama’s house, a bathrobe, and Charlton Heston have in common? The 48 Hour Film Festival.

48Hr Film Festival Trailer

College students rose to the challenge last February in the 3rd Annual 48 Hour Film Festival.

Student-run Fire Escape Films sponsored the event, which attracted more than 80 student filmmakers. Teams were given three prompts: a location, an object, and a famous quote, and just two days to plan, shoot, and edit their films. 

In the end, the 16 films ranged from hilarious to gory, and featured everything from magical pirate-genies to frolicking puppies to removable mustaches to copious amounts of home-brewed fake blood.

Update: The films from the 2009 festival are no longer available, but you can watch other Fire Escape videos on their Vimeo page.

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