Quiet on the set!

This weekend, 22 Alberta teams are competing in the 48-hour Movie Making Challenge as part of the seventh annual Calgary Underground Field festival, which launched its official programming Thursday in the city.

Festival spokesperson Angel Cheng said the 48-hour film challenge is an exciting prelude to the actual festival, which officially runs April 12 to 18.

“I think it speaks volumes to the amazing film presence in Calgary, where most of the teams are from. It’s very good for the city, and very good for films,” Cheng said.

The teams will be given 48 hours to create a two to six minute short film with special requirements, and all films will be showed at the opening night of the festival, Cheng added.

“The whole thing is a really fun event and it keeps growing every year and I think we’re offering a balance between films that are challenging but also accessible and approachable.”

The Underground Film Festival also launched their new website and screened a film on Thursday at the Plaza, where the event will be held in April. For more information please visit calgaryundergroundfilm.org.