Five PEI filmmaking teams took the Atlantic Canada 48 Hour Film Project 2021 (48HFP) challenge last November and their short films—made in only 48 hours—premiered online January 21. Island teams were acknowledged for their talents, winning numerous awards between them, including Winner of Best of Atlantic Canada 48HFP 2021 Crayon Queen by Island Misfits, and Runner Up Earworm by The Lobstars.
During the last weekend of November 2021, 15 teams and about 93 people from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador (as well as Hungary and several other filmmakers in South Africa, Albania and France) took the 48HFP challenge to compete locally and internationally for Filmapalooza and Cannes. The teams competing in the Atlantic Canada 48HFP drew a genre for their film and three elements were announced to be included: Prop (drum); Character (Brenda or Brendon Silyboy); and Line of Dialogue (“We are [We’re] all one”). Teams then had to write, export, cast, shoot, edit, and score their film in 48 hours.
The five short films and teams from PEI were The Drone-Undrum by Twaddlebosh Productions; Crayon Queen: The Piper Pollock Story by Island Misfits; Greek News and Nonsense by SF Studio; Joint Effort by Video Village People; and Earworm by The Lobstars.
As the winning film, Crayon Queen, which also won Best Poster, Best Editing and Best Directing, will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2023 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2023 Short Film Corner.
Runner Up, Earworm by The Lobstars, won Best Use of Character and Best Sound Design. The Drone-Undrum, by TwaddleBosh Productions, won Best Use of Genre, and Joint Effort, by Video Village People, won Best Acting Ensemble.
FilmPEI (not affiliated with the project) expressed pride for the Island teams that participated, saying “Out of the 15 teams that took part in the Atlantic Canada regional competition, five were from PEI, making it abundantly clear that we have Islanders who want to make films—even if it means a weekend without solid sleep.”