The 48 Hour Film Project is returning to Savannah on Aug. 24 for another sleepless, caffeine-fueled weekend of shooting, writing, editing, rendering and submitting - all before time runs out.Recognized as the world's largest timed film competition, the project invites teams to create a short film in less than 48 hours using guidelines that are revealed 15 minutes before the clock starts.This weekend's event marks the fourth year Savannah has participated in the competition, which first began in 2001. Eleven years later, the project has received more than 19,000 films from 278,000 people around the world. Feeling lucky?With almost 10 teams registered so far, one lucky film will join with nearly 4,000 other submissions from 120 cities on six continents in the hopes of taking home the grand prize.Overseeing the competition is Anthony Paderewski, an actor based in Savannah who was part of Jacksonville, Fla.'s winning film submission in 2010.This is Paderewski's second year coordinating the contest, and he's excited to see what's in store this time around."I'll be traveling to different filming locations to take photos of your hard work and view your progress," he says. "You're going to be working hard so you might as well have something to show for it." The need for speedPaderewski says the most important thing to do in this competition is follow the rules."Even if your movie is only a few minutes late, we'll have to disqualify you from the competition," he says.That's exactly the same fate two teams met last year after an electrical storm delayed the rendering process for their films. "And they were really great films," Paderewski says. "But they were late, and we have to be fair."To lessen the pressure by a fraction, the only pre-planning acceptable in 48 Hour is organizing a dedicated team, securing film locations and gathering equipment.The rest of your filmmaking process will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 - just minutes after each team receives a genre, a prop, a line of dialogue and a character that must be included in their project. Forty eight hours later, the film must be complete and handed over to Paderewski. Say hello to my little filmOn kickoff day, Paderewski will receive an envelope sent from 48 Hour headquarters with the competition criteria. Every group's submission will contain the same prop, line of dialogue and character. But the genres will be randomly hand-selected by each team and may range from horror, time travel and mockumentary to fantasy and comedy.But this isn't a full-length production. The film must be between four minutes and seven minutes long and submitted in a movie format.According to Paderewski, having a dedicated staff is the key."Don't try to do everything yourself," he warns. "Designate one person to be the director, one person to be the sound guy, one person to hold the camera - no double duties."Aspiring filmmaker Matthew Moore is part of a 10-member team gearing up for this weekend's competition."I'm not quite sure what my role will be during production," he admits. "But what I want to get out of it is an understanding of how to make films".Moore is no stranger to filmmaking in Savannah. He is a regular "vlogger" on YouTube, was selected as an extra in "The Last Song," starring actress Miley Cyrus, and earlier this year helped out on the set of Savannah College of Art and Design's short film "Baroque".But working under a strict time limit and with little control of the film's elements is sure to offer new and challenging experiences, Moore says."I think this competition will bring out either the best or the worst out of all of us." Show me the money48 Hour wants to make sure your blood, sweat, tears and caffeine overload is well worth the sacrifice.All of the short films will debut locally for the public during a two-day screening typically held the following weekend after the competition. Among awards such as Best Actor, Best Score and Best Use of Line, viewers will determine the Audience Award Winner, which will be placed in the running with the official judges' selection.The local winning-team will receive a trophy, movie editing software and advance on to "Filmapalooza," the annual awards ceremony for the entire competition.Ten of the best projects from the 2012 tour will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner in 2013. And finally, the one film to rule them all will receive the grand prize trophy and a $5,000 cash prize.Now isn't that worth one weekend of going Sleepless in Savannah?It's not too late to enter. Visit to register your team before 6 p.m. Friday.Janay Kingsberry is a web producer for She studies journalism at Savannah State University and practices photography during her free time. Find her on Twitter at @_LoisLane or email IF YOU GOKICKOFFWhat: 48 Hour Film Project: SavannahWhen: Aug. 24Where: Kickoff event starts at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at McDonough's Lounge, 21 E. McDonough St.DROPOFFWhen: Aug. 26 at 7:30 pmWhere: McDonough's Lounge, 21 E. McDonough StPremiere ScreeningsPrice: $12When: September 7th and 8th at 7:00 pmWhere: Meddin Studios; 2315 Louisville Rd Savannah, GA 31415