The 2016 Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Credit: Courtesy Music Box

The 48 Hour Film Project, self-described as “the oldest and largest timed filmmaking competition in the world,” celebrates its 12th anniversary at the Music Box Theatre this week with premieres of four-to-eight-minute short films that local filmmakers completed—i.e., wrote, shot, edited, and scored—in just two days. The winning short, to be announced at the Best of Chicago screening and award ceremony by a panel of local judges on Thursday, September 15, will go up against other 48HFP shorts from around the world at Filmapalooza 2017 in Seattle, Washington, for a chance at a grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the 2017 Cannes film festival.