48-Hour Film contest award winner competes internationally

LITTLE ROCK--"Fire Engine Red," which won Audience Favorite, Best Story, and First Runner-Up at Little Rock's 48 Hour Film Festival in August, is competing against other runner-up films internationally for a chance to go to Filmapalooza, the 48-Hour Film Project's annual film festival in Hollywood.

The 7-minute film by Whiffle Powder Productions, which is publically open to voting through January 19, is receiving high ratings and is currently ranked number 2 in the world, holding its own in a contest against much larger cities like Paris, New York, and Dubai. Voting is conducted online by a rating system, whereby each person may vote a film 1 to 5 stars.

The holiday film, which is dedicated to the Little Rock Fire Department, tells a heartwarming story of a toy fire engine, and was created entirely from start to finish in just under two days. "What we think we have going for us," says first-time director Jim Patterson (of El Dorado ), "is a really good story. Some of the other [entries] did some things better than we did, but we always felt that if we could craft a good story that really connected with the audience, we would succeed. And I think we did that."


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