Each year, the 48 Hour Film Project challenges filmmakers around the world to write, shoot and edit an original short film, all within - you guessed it - 48 hours.

Filmmakers across St. Louis tried their hand at this extreme filmmaking challenge June 2-4 with a randomly selected genre and a single line, prop and character as their only guidelines. At the end of this whirlwind weekend, teams submitted their short films to the 48 Hour Film Project producers for judgment by the 2017 panel.

For the third year, Cinema St. Louis (an A&E grantee) will present the Best of St. Louis 48 Hour Film Project June 14 at 7pm at the Tivoli Theatre. The 2017 finalists are:

CUT by Brian Freeze Productions

Date Fight by ShadyRow

Lone Wolves by Anonymous Productions

Next up, Chuck by good job hot dog at hotmail dot com

Office Requiem by HLK

Romance isn’t Dead by Fabrication Manufacturing

Socky by Fish ‘N Bicycle

The Floor Whisperer by Team Thunder Gun

The Specialist by Green Eggs & Cams

The Specialist by Untitled Sequence

A&E sat down with Kat Touschner, Cinema St. Louis tech supervisor, to get an idea of what you can expect at the screening.

“One of the fun aspects is seeing how each team uses their required prop, character and line. You’ll get jokes that are based around the prop, and it’s fun to watch them as a group. Also, seeing friends, family, and people from your community on the big screen is always really fun.”

A three-time participant herself, Touschner’s favorite part of this project is the excitement of completing a film in such a limited time period. “The thrill of it is just sort of going, there’s not really a break.”

Next month, Cinema St. Louis will present a behind-the-scenes look at the 48 Hour Film Project at its St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase with their showing of 48 Hours to France, a documentary following one team’s journey to the 48 Hour Film Project Finals in Cannes.

Tickets available online or at the Tivoli Theatre box office

For more information on Cinema St. Louis, visit cinemastlouis.org