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Reel Race: 48 Hour Film Project Comes to L.A. This Weekend

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While many of us are spending a night out on the town or sitting on the couch this weekend, over a thousand Angelenos will be scrambling to make a film within 48 hours.

The 48 Hour Film Project invites 1,600 L.A. filmmakers to hit the city streets beginning Friday to write, cast, film, and edit a complete film in just two days. The L.A. leg is one of the organization's tour stops in over 125 cities worldwide this year.

Participating teams will meet at 6pm tomorrow at Dim Mak Studios, where they will be given a prop, genre, character and line of dialogue that must be included in their film. Teams will then have 48 hours to write and incorporate these elements into their screenplay, film, edit and submit their finished project by 7:30pm on August 5 to be eligible for the judging process.

Completed films will then be judged by an expert panel and screened for the public from August 13-16 at Laemmle's Noho 7 theater. Screenings will be held at 7:00pm and 9:30pm each night.

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Prizes will be awarded for the winning team as well as for achievements in other categories, including Best Directing, Best Actor, Best Writing, Best Use of Genre, Best Use of Character, Best Use of Prop and Best Use of Line.

The winning team will receive a trophy, screenwriting software, and a screening at Filmapalooza 2013, the 48 Hour Film Project's annual awards event.

Those who are brave or competitive enough to take on the challenge are still able to register here for $175.

Check out a few of last year's winners below:

"Live With It" by Team Fortress Cinema (Best Film 2011)

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"The Crowd-Pleasers" by LeBron James Presents (Best Writing 2011)

"It's All in the Delivery" by Sparkle Motion (Best Use of Prop, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography 2011)