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50 Hour Slam is a short way to success

Above: A shot from the 50 Hour Slam's 2011 competition.

For the past several years — seven by my unofficial count — the 50 Hour Slam has offered area filmmakers a challenge: Take 50 hours to complete a 3- to 6-minute short film, from the writing through the production process and final editing phase. At stake: a number of awards in a variety of categories, from judges' choices to popular vote.

Plus a public screening of the final product.

This year, some 300 contestants filled out the 41 teams that competed for Slam honors And the top 15, as voted on by the judging committee (I was one of the seven members), will be screened at 6 p.m. on May 6th at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Click here for ticket information.

Below: The 2016 50 Hour Slam Septi Award Winner, which goes to the short voted best by the judging panel.

Volé from 50 Hour Slam on Vimeo.