Greensboro Filmmakers Win Trip to Cannes Film Festival to Make a Film

Greensboro 48Congratulations to local filmmaker Darren Hummel and The Magic Shop! Not only are they going to Cannes this month with their hilarious, Greensboro 48HFP-winning short “Gotta Go,” they’re also competing in the “Wake Up in Cannes” contest sponsored by HP.

Incidentally, I’ll be judging the Greensboro 48HFP again this year!

Here’s the official press release:

“A worldwide competition is creating a whirlwind of excitement for Darren Hummel and The Magic Shop, a team of local filmmakers with a Cannes-do attitude. As first-level winners in a competition sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, the 48 Hour Film Project, and Le Petit Studio, the team is tasked with creating a bicontinental short film. Part of the film is to be made here, with the other part filmed in Cannes, France.

In order to accomplish this feat, the team has been awarded a prize that includes round-trip airline tickets to France, lodging, meal stipends for up to seven team members, and a €1,000 budget for filming expenses.  As participants in the 2015 Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project, Hummel’s team created the city’s winning film which then seized one of the top 13 spots in the international competition. The film will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May.

The team’s talents drew the attention of contest coordinators who invited 25 teams to participate in the HP Masters of the Short Film “Wake Up in Cannes” Film Festival. The first level of the competition instructed teams to provide a work sample, introduce their team members and to create a storyline pitch that begins with the character in the team’s hometown and ends in Cannes. The HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstation is to be incorporated into the story with the theme “Reinventing New Frontiers.”

Judges reviewed the submitted pitches and chose The Magic Shop as one of four finalists. Each of the teams will begin working on their films in their own areas, and will complete the film in Cannes. HP will provide the editing station in France, and the four films will be screened on May 16 to a jury composed of film industry professionals. Each film will be eligible for prizes in the categories Best Film, (an HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstation), Best Editing, (an HP Z840 Workstation), Best Actor and Best Actress (each receiving an HP Spectre x360 Notebook), Awards will be announced immediately following the screening.”

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.
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