A genre, a prop, a character, a line of dialogue and 48 hours. That's all the 39 teams which entered this year's i48 competition had to work with June 7-9 to produce a three- to six-minute short film.
"One thing that really impresses me about the teams is that they get better and better every year," said organizer Andrew Ellis. "The quality has been excellent."
This year saw the addition of a "remake" option, allowing teams to have another go at a film from a previous year's competition. The team Birthday Problem took on the challenge of remaking their previous entry, Big Mister Whiskers' Great Adventure, a favorite from 2012 featuring a kitten on the hunt for pizza in Boise. For the remake, the team substituted humans in costume for the live animals. The film snagged Boise Weekly's Best Use of Boise Award, which was presented at a Best Of screening at the Egyptian Theatre June 16.
In the Novice category, Fairweather Films' That Is My Art, starring Keith Eastman, took Best Film, Best Actor and Best Sound/Music. Wanda Crowley won Best Actress for her turn in Chocolate Chicken's Knows Picks.
The Open Category saw Travis Wright from Ravenous Schnitzel take Best Actor for the film Cooper and Steele, while Kristy Leigh Lussier from Bumblebird won Best Actress for Short Fuse. Idolness Films nabbed Best Film for its entry, Arcadea.