The 72HORAS RIO Film Festival is an audiovisual project established and produced by Providence Produções and the Coletivo 72HORAS. It aims to encourage new talent and democratize cinematic access within the city, linking creatives of all demographics with production and exhibition opportunities via the creative challenge to produce a short film within 72 hours.
The rules are simple: all scriptwriting, filming and editing must be completed during the 72 hour festival deadline. Upon delivery, all the films are exhibited but, those entered with even a seconds delay, do not compete for the festival prizes.
Over 3 days of filming, the festival creates an electric environment with excited film crews on every corner of the city. The resulting films provide a fascinating annual snapshot of Rio de Janeiro, its inhabitants and their concerns and joys expressed through film.
Since 2014, the project has instigated the production of 200 short films produced by 3767 young filmmakers and via a series of audiovisual workshops and film screenings, the festival has reached a public of more than 12,000 people.