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December 17, 2008

2009 NAB Show to Host National Film Competition

--NAB Show and the 48 Hour Film Project form partnership for ninth annual 48HFP Tour--

WASHINGTON, DC – NAB Show organizers and the 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) announced today that the 2009 48HFP tour will begin at the NAB Show, held April 18-23 in Las Vegas. The 48HFP competition, established in 2001, promotes filmmaking, creativity and teamwork by providing participants with a compelling topic and prop and giving them two days to write, shoot and edit their film.

More than 35,000 filmmakers from 75 cities will participate in the 2009 48HFP competition. The tour will officially begin with the Las Vegas city competition, which kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Filmmakers will complete their films by 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges including leading filmmakers, movie critics and producers, and the winners will be screened at a local Las Vegas theater. A special screening of the 2008 competition winners will take place in the NAB Show Content Theater. Beginning in 2010 the NAB/48HFP partnership will bring Filmapalooza, an awards event honoring the competition's top film submissions, to the NAB Show.

"The NAB Show provides production and post professionals with an in-depth look at the content lifecycle, examining how the latest developments in technology contribute to the creation and delivery of next generation video and film content," said Chris Brown, executive vice president of conventions and business operations at NAB. "There is no better place to begin the 48 Hour Film Project than the NAB Show. We are pleased that our partnership with the 48 Hour Film Project will contribute to this valuable competition that strengthens the creativity and teamwork of so many of tomorrow's filmmakers."

"We are thrilled to extend our existing partnership with the NAB Show by kicking off our annual competition in Las Vegas," said Mark Ruppert, co-producer of 48HFP.

"The NAB Show and Content Theater provide a tremendous opportunity for our artists to showcase their work before the industry's most influential content creators, digital innovators and entertainment technology leaders," said 48HFP co-producer Liz Langston.

About the 48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world. Its mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers-emphasizing creativity and teamwork. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on "doing" instead of "talking." The emphasis is also on building communities of local creative people, facilitating making new connections, showcasing skills, and celebrating what creativity and teamwork can accomplish in just one weekend. For more information go to

About the 2009 NAB Show
The NAB Show will take place April 18 - 23, 2009 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 20). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. Complete details are available at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. As the voice of more than 8,300 radio and television stations, NAB advances their interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at


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