Calling all Peace Region filmmakers and anyone else who’d like to register a team for an adrenaline-filled weekend of filmmaking in the Peace Region! PRIMAA and the fest have joined forces to put on what we’ve affectionately called the Frantic 48, a 48-hour film challenge the weekend of May 2-4, 2014 (early bird registration deadline Apr 1; final deadline Apr 30). A selection of completed films (as many as possible) will screen during the fest on Sat, May 10 and a $500 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of the the Frantic 48 Best Film Award as judged by Scott Belyea and to the winner of the Frantic 48 Audience Choice Award. This opportunity for the region’s filmmakers is made possible with the support of Community Futures which will be presenting the awards.

Frantic 48 is the brainchild of PRIMAA’s Vice-President of the Board Monty Simo who was interviewed by Elizabeth McSheffrey of the Daily Herald Tribune – see 48-hour filmmaking challenge set for May to read the great article she wrote which appeared in the Feb 28 issue.

Rules and regulations for the Frantic 48 can be found here and FAQs can be found here.

If you think the Frantic 48 sounds fun (in a crazy sort of way) and you’d love to participate but don’t have enough willingly insomniac friends to put together your own team, email Monty at and he’ll do his best to find a team for you to join. And remember, you don’t have to be in Grande Prairie to participate, or even live in the Peace Region – only the 48 hours of the Frantic 48 has to be spent in the Peace Region as you make a short film of 2-7 minutes using an assigned prop and line of dialogue (the same for all teams) and an assigned genre (unique to each team). Good luck!