Budding Yoobee filmmakers are in for an epic weekend this weekend, as they try their hand in the legendary HP 48 Hours – a filmmaking competition which gives competitors just two days to plan, shoot and edit an awesome short film.

Knock-out competitions will be held around the country, kicking off at 7pm this Friday night, when details are revealed about what teams must include in their films. They then have until 7pm on Sunday night to create their masterpieces, which will be judged by a discerning team of local and international film professionals. Winners from each region will battle it out for $130,000 in prize money in the national competition in a few months’ time.

ACG Yoobee Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland campuses all have teams of students competing plus some Yoobee tutors will be getting in on the action too.  Simon Boxall Head of Faculty for Yoobee’s Multimedia programmes down in Christchurch has teamed up with a group of industry buddies. A seasoned veteran of several 48 hour short film competitions, Simon knows just what he’s in for.

“It’s an amazing competition, really gruelling but extremely satisfying. I’m going to be wrecked by the end of it,” he says.

“The Christchurch competition kicks off at a local bar called ‘The Cuban’ but from there teams will shoot their films all over the city. It’s pretty wild!”

Many past winners of the HP 48 Hours have gone onto high profile success, including celebrated Kiwi film director, writer and actor Taika Waititi.