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Shootout Gets Shorter— This July, the Duke City Shootout, Albuquerque’s homegrown script-to-screen digital filmmaking competition, will partner with the internationally renowned 48 Hour Film Project to kick off a brand-new contest beginning July 21. The Shootout ( and the 48 Hour Film Project ( are different in concept, but the purpose is the same–to challenge filmmakers to produce short movies under extreme deadline pressure.

The Duke City Shootout solicits scripts of 12 minutes or less from around the world and picks the seven best to be shot, edited and premiered during the weeklong festival. Winning writers are flown to Albuquerque and provided with cast, crew, equipment, digital cameras, industry mentors and anything else necessary to finish their movies.

This year, project organizers will kick off the first weekend of the Duke City Shootout with the Duke City 48 Hour Film Project/Competition. Contestants will have from Friday, July 21, to Sunday, July 23, to finish their movies. They will be provided a genre, along with a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that must be included in the movie.

Movies will be screened at the Guild Cinema July 24 and 25, and the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. The winner will not only qualify to compete against winners of the 48 Hour Film Project from 32 other cities worldwide, but will also compete locally against the movies made by the seven Shootout contestants, who begin shooting on July 22. All eight films will be screened at the close of the Shootout on July 29 at the Kiva Auditorium.

In addition to the seven already selected Shootout contestants, the 48 Hour Film Project expects 24 or more teams to enter its contest. Space is limited and this is a first-come, first-served opportunity. Unlike the Duke City Shootout, contestants are responsible for providing their own equipment, casts and crews. To register for the 48 Film Project, log on to

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Train for Film– TVI’s Workforce Training Program is starting up a new round of film industry classes. “Camera Assistant I” is a 32-hour class teaching students how to handle professional 16mm, 35mm and High-Definition camera equipment. The class runs Saturdays/Sundays, July 17, 18, 24 and 25 or Saturdays/Sundays, Sept. 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other classes include “Production Budgeting” (July 15 and 16 or Oct. 7 and 8), “Production Office Coordinator” (Aug. 26), “Overview of Employment Possibilities in the Entertainment Industry” (Aug. 26) and “Production Sound & Video Team” (Sept. 11-21). For more info, log on to
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