Vista Foundation 48Hours – New Zealand’s biggest and biggest film competition – marks a milestone in 2022, celebrating its twentieth consecutive year.
Vista Foundation 48Hours offers an easier entry point into filmmaking and a real creative and technical challenge for filmmakers.
The 2022 Shooting Weekend will run from August 12-14 – registration is now open – and over NZ$90,000 in prizes and cash to be won in the Grand Finals later in 2022.
48Hours is New Zealand’s biggest guerrilla film competition, and many Kiwi filmmakers say there’s nothing quite like it.
The Tauranga Eddie Page Productions team reached the 2021 National Final with their film ‘Joyless pussies”. Photo: supplied.
It started in 2003 as an accompaniment to the Becks Incredible Film Festival with just 44 teams in Auckland alone. The competition has spread across the country. In 2014, over 800 teams participated across New Zealand. 2020 saw the special edition VF48LOCKDOWN after the main competition was canceled due to Covid-19.
More than 6000 short films were produced during 48 hours. A huge number of people had a lot of fun. Every year there have been sales of rental equipment/facilities, actors suddenly canceling commercials, famous friends being abused, bones broken, relationships ending, moments of sheer ecstasy, utter exhaustion, extreme ties, vanishing production equipment, stolen cars, meltdowns – but the future of New Zealand film seems to be in very good shape and seems to have some helpless, if a little shaky, hands.
All set design, script writing, filming and editing must be completed within 48 hours. Photo: supplied.
Mr Peter Jackson
In exciting news for 2022, Sir Peter Jackson will select three films as the Generic Selection, which will be presented as part of the National Final at the Civic Theater in Auckland.
Sir Peter Jackson, Dame Fran Walsh and Wingnut Films have been big supporters of the Vista Foundation 48Hours over the past 16 years of its 20-year history, and the team are “delighted” to be able to celebrate their generic selections at the national final of 2022. .
The origin story of Sir Peter Jackson is guerrilla cinema at its core. The “do it yourself” mentality is aligned with 48Hours’ ethos of stepping in and making a movie in a weekend, and the 48Hours team can’t wait to see their generic selections.
“Six thousand movies have been made over the years. I’ve seen quite a few and they’re great movies! I’m going to be judging the wildcards again this year and really can’t wait to see them.” said Sir Peter Jackson “Sign up, go make some movies and have fun! Let’s make this the biggest 48 hour film festival yet!”
Jackson was just eight years old when his parents received a Super 8 movie camera for Christmas, fanning the flames of his love for movies. He then made home movies in Pukerua Bay experimenting with stop-motion, practical effects and special effects. He sourced some WWII uniforms, rallied his friends and made his first film called The Dwarf Patrol – which would later resurface as a bonus feature on the Bad Taste DVD release.
While working at a daily newspaper, Jackson enlisted the help of his friends and colleagues to make a feature film. He switched to a second-hand Bolex camera in 1983 which was mounted on homemade dolly rails, cranes and Steadicams to film his feature debut, the cult horror-comedy classic Bad Taste. He then shot the black comedies Meet the Feebles and Braindead before the 1994 feature film Heavenly Creatures took Jackson from cult status to mainstream global audiences.
Fast forward to 2022, Jackson has two epic Tolkien trilogies under his belt, Oscars to his name for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, numerous Hollywood hits, and has been making waves around the world. from the documentary with The Beatles: Get Back in 2021 and They Shall Not Grow Old in 2018. Jackson is officially Hollywood royalty, but he has never forgotten where he comes from and continues to support New Zealand cinema.
The team that ran free 48-hour filmmaker workshops across New Zealand. Photo: supplied.
Ahead of the 2022 competition, the 48Hours team has run free filmmaker workshops across New Zealand – in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, Gisborne and New Plymouth to upskill filmmakers and provide them with an opportunity local networking.
“It’s all part of the team’s commitment to ensuring that 48Hours is more than just a fast and furious film festival – it’s a chance for future industry leaders to cut their teeth. and to be one step ahead in the movie game,” said a Vista spokesperson for 48Hours.
For 2022, the team announced a prize pool of NZ$90,000 in cash and prizes, as well as plans for the competition, including a phenomenal prize package for the 2022 Grand Champion.
Bay of Plenty prosthetics make up artist Sandi Cutts. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.
2022 National Grand Champion Prize:
The best team of 2022 will win the following package:
• The Grand National Champion APEE
• $15,000 Cash Prize – ($12,000 from Wingnut, $2,000 from Viva La Dirt League)
• $20,000 in post-production services from Park Road Post*
• $15,000 equipment rental from Portsmouth Film Equipment Rental*
• $10,000 of music licensed from West One Music*
• Twelve-month Digital Pigeon Professional subscription (worth USD 900 per year)
*Terms and conditions
The OPPO48 price
OPPO has teamed up with the Vista Foundation 48Hours to offer the new OPPO48 prize with an impressive top prize of NZ$5,000. The OPPO48 award is designed to showcase mobile phone shootings in New Zealand.
“We are thrilled to see the OPPO Find X5 Pro in the hands of filmmakers who can show off the phone’s filming capabilities in spectacular fashion and we can’t wait to see their creations come to life,” says OPPO New Zealand. Managing Director, Morgan Halim.
Viva La Dirt League Comedy Award
Viva La Dirt League describes itself as a group of nerds who play games and do comedy sketches about games. This comedy troupe, hailing from Auckland, has a history with the Vista Foundation 48Hours and a hugely popular YouTube channel which currently has 3.88 million subscribers. Their path to creating digital content involves the 48Hours competition and now they want to give back to filmmakers by sponsoring the new Viva La Dirt League Comedy Prize in 2022 – worth NZ$1000.
Long live the Dirt League. Photo: supplied.
West One Music Group Grand Final Awards
VF48Hours teams have the chance to reunite with their musical partner for the 2022 competition. West One Music Group allows teams to use their extensive catalog for their 48 hour film for the duration of the filming weekend. As part of the Final Grand Prize, this winning team will take home NZ$10,000 worth of music licensed from West One Music Group* for their next creative project.
West One music group. Photo: supplied.
“West One Music Group is thrilled to partner with Vista Foundation 48Hours this year and bring the highest quality music to its movie makers,” said a West One Music Group spokesperson. “New Zealand is home to so many talented creators and has some of the most beautiful places in the world. We look forward to supporting the growing TV/Cinema community and seeing their creations!
Dame Gaylene Preston and WIFT NZ Best Gender Diverse Female Director/Woman Award
To support and encourage women and filmmakers of diverse genres to take on creative roles in film, Dame Gaylene Preston and WIFT NZ are awarding Best Female Director/Diverse Genre with a prize of NZ$1,000.
Dame Gaylene Preston during the 2021 Grand Final. Photo: Supplied.
Dame Gaylene Preston is passionate about encouraging women to make films and the team are proud to say that this award is now in its tenth year. Many winners have made short films, series and feature films.
WIFT NZ has partnered with the Vista Foundation 48Hours for the regional awards. They have eight regional awards for outstanding female/genre filmmakers crossing all film disciplines. WIFT NZ will provide annual membership to the eight winners.
“We are thrilled to be a continued supporter of the Vista Foundation’s 48 Hours! It’s a unique opportunity for emerging filmmakers to flex their creativity, hone their skills and gain recognition across the motu,” says Patricia Watson of WIFT NZ.
The Vista Foundation 48Hours has been fertile ground for the future of filmmaking in New Zealand, with many of New Zealand’s screen notables having had some sort of history with this iconic annual event. Over the years the competition has changed with technology and innovations, surviving through adaptation and even thriving through the Covid challenges of 2020 and going completely digital with over 1200 teams making films in their bubbles.
48Hours alumni can be found everywhere, hosting prime-time television shows, working on blockbuster feature films, creating independent digital media and training the next generation of filmmakers. Here are some Alumni Directors and their projects.
• NUDE TUESDAY – Jackie Van Beek
• JOJO RABBIT, THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, BOY – Taika Waititi
• HOME IN THE DARK – James Ashcroft
• M3GAN – Gerard Johnstone
• WE ARE ALWAYS HERE – Mario Gaoa
• SHADOW IN THE CLOUD – Roseanne Liang
• GUNS AKIMBO – Jason Lei Howden
• STARSTRUCK – Pink Matafeo
• RŪRANGI – Max Currie
• LEGEND OF BARON T’OA – Kiel McNaughton
• KILLER SOFA – Bernado Rao
• WILD – Sam Kelly
• TAKE HOME PAY – Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa
• VAI – Fresh water from Matasali
• DOX – Damon Fepulea’i
• GARY FROM THE PACIFIC – Download the concept
• THE DEAD ROOM – Jason Stutter
• THE MARRIAGE OF SIONE – Chris Graham
• JAKE – Doug Dillaman
• HOW TO MEET GIRLS ON A DISTANCE – Dean Hewison
• TICKLED – Dylan Reeve
• AFAK – Hweiling Ow
• BLOOD AND GOLD – Yamin Tun
• RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – Sam Prebble VFX
• SHIHAD – Sam Peacock
• HUMAN TRACES – Nic Gorman
• THE DEVIL’S ROCK – Paul Campion
• GO, GO – Loren Taylor
• WELLINGTON PARANORMAL – Mike Minogue
• THE PANTHERS – Chelsea Preston Crayford
• ORPHANS AND KINGDOMS – Paolo Rotondo
• STYLEBENDER – Zoe McIntosh
• THE MOUNTAIN – Tom Furniss
The organizers encourage everyone to gather their team. Registration for the Vista Foundation 48Hours 2022 is now open on www.48hours.co.nz
To make the offer even more advantageous for students, tertiary teams receive a 50% discount, while primary, secondary and homeschool students receive two registrations for one!
Vista Foundation 48 Hours
Shooting weekend 2022
August 12 – 14, 2022
Presented in association with Te Tuma Whakaata Taonga / New Zealand Film Commission