HCP Associates Partner Named Judge for Tampa Bay’s 48 Hour Film Project

TAMPA, Fla. (July 29, 2013) This past weekend, filmmaking teams from throughout the Tampa Bay area successfully completed 48 hours of filmmaking. Films were due on Sunday, July 28 and in the last few minutes before the deadline filmmakers, who were operating on little sleep and lots of adrenaline, rushed to get their films in on time.

Eric Polins, a Senior Strategist and Partner at Tampa-based marketing firm HCP Associates will serve as one of the judges for this year’s films. The films that were submitted on Sunday night will screen at Movico Centro Ybor 20 on July 31 and August 1, 2013. There will then be a best of screening on August 27, 2013.

Polins has been an independent filmmaker for 16 years as founder of Gulf+Atlantic Films, served five years on the Gasparilla International Film Festival Board with one presidency, and sits on the Tampa Theatre Board of Directors. Polins has written and directed over 50 commercial productions including various short films and executive produced a full-length feature film in 2006 starring Gary Busey, Charles Durning and Cindy Taylor.

“I really enjoy the art of film and the passion independent filmmakers bring to this incredible competition. I feel very lucky to be a part of the judging and can’t wait to see all of the hard work these talented people have poured into 48 hours of electrified creativity,” Polins said.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams make a movie, which means write, shoot, edit, and score in 48 hours. On Friday night, participants get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in the movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually within the next week.

In 2012, over 50,000 filmmakers made nearly 4,000 films in 120 cities on 6 continents around the world. Over the past 11 years of the 48 Hour Film Project, over 19,000 films have been made by 278,000 people.

To learn more about The 48 Hour Film Project, please visit www.48hourfilm.com.

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