Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:47

48 Green Hours Film winner to be announced

Media Release June 2011

The wait is almost over for our aspiring  eco-film makers as the winner of the Inaugural 48 Green Hours film competition will be announced at a gala red-carpet event this Friday 10 June, at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre.

The national film making marathon that took place over the weekend of May 13 – 15, sets competitors two major challenges – making an award winning short film and generating environmental awareness - and they have only 48 hours to do it. But the rewards will be great with $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs along with a guaranteed showing at the prestigious the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

The President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Clr Alison McLaren said the level of entries in the competition had far exceeded expectations.

“We know that Western Sydney is bursting with artistic talent – some of which has not yet been discovered – and WSROC is delighted to work with the team of 48 Green Hours Film to give established and aspiring artists the opportunity to showcase their talent.” Clr McLaren said.

The competition is one of the centerpiece events in the Water in the Landscape Program run by WSROC and funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.

“The Water in the Landscape Program uses cultural events, such as the film competition, together with music and dance performances, community projects and school forums, to bring people together in appreciating and caring for the water in their environment,” Clr McLaren said.

“The 48 Green Hours Film Competition is a wonderful way to draw attention to issues of water management in our communities. And a project like this serves to highlight the important work our local councils do in managing stormwater, protecting water quality in local creeks and rivers, and ensuring there are adequate water supplies to maintain community facilities such as local sports grounds.“

“That is why I am very happy to see that so many of our Western Sydney councils have taken the competition on board and will reward local entries with extra prize money,” she said.

This year’s event was the first “green” version of the 48 Hour Film Competition to be held in Australia.
Competitors were given a character (a spiritual leader), a prop (a bicycle) and a line of dialogue (‘Its only water”) – which needed to appear in the short films. The ccompetitors could film in any genre – as long as they stuck to this this year’s theme of Water in the Landscape.

The competition was open to anyone from any age and included entries from all levels of the community, from professional film makers to school students.

For more information on 48 Green Hours Film, go to
For more information on the Water in The Landscape Program, visit


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