The 48 Hour Film Project, a global filmmaking competition, comes to Santa Rosa this month.

At the kickoff for the two-day event on Aug. 16, registered teams will convene from 6 to 7 p.m. at Depot Park in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square.

Each team will receive a movie genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue, which must be included in the final film.

Then the teams will scatter to make their movies, and must deliver a finished film by 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Films will be accepted until 9 p.m., but late films will not be eligible for the competition.

Films will be screened Aug. 23-24 at Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa.

The global competition began in June and will continue into November, including two-day filmmaking contests on six continents.

The grand prize will be $5,000, and the opportunity for the winning team to screen its film at the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2014.

The 48 Hour Film Project began in Washington, D.C., as a competition between a group of friends and aspiring filmmakers.

Since then, the project has grown until this year’s competition is expected to draw more than 60,000 participants worldwide.

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