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What is SATO48 Film Challenge & Festival?

SATO48 stands for Springfield And The Ozarks 48-Hour Film Challenge & Festival.

SATO48 (when it's a Film Challenge)

Tasks filmmaking teams to create. in just one weekend (48 hours), a 5-minute (or less) film. The twist is that the teams don't know what their film must be about until the INSPIRATION PACKAGE is revealed, simultaneously to all filmmakers, at the Kickoff! After the Inspiration Package is revealed, all shooting, editing, and sweetening (such as adding a musical soundtrack) must occur within the 48 hours.

As the Films are submitted, Selection Committee Members start the process of reviewing them.

SATO48 (when it's a Short Film Festival)

A week or so later, at a Premiere Festival Screening (at The Moxie), the films are revealed to audiences who then vote for Audience Favorite. A couple of weeks after the Festival Screenings, a panel of international judges reviews the top films (as selected by the viewing audience & Selection Committee Members), and winners are announced at an Awards & Recognition Ceremony (at The Gillioz), followed by an after-party.

SATO48 (when it's a broadcast TV show)

Now in its 4th Season, SATO48 The TV Show, airs on The Ozarks CW, every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (as available(, and is a lively discussion with the filmmaking Team, Co-Hosts Kyaw Tha Hla & Jeff Clinkenbeard, and includes a showing of the film itself.

Updated on: 07/03/2023

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