Del Mar filmmaker co-directing all-female team on 48-Hour Film Project


Local filmmakers will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours in the 48-Hour Film Project in San Diego.

The project, which runs from July 24-26, is the first of many slated for Team XX — an all-female filmmaking team.

“We decided it would be cool to have an all-female cast and crew team — the first ever here in San Diego,” said Del Mar filmmaker Sue Vicory, co-director of Team XX. “So that’s when we created Team XX.”

Vicory and Silvia Luz, a filmmaker from Pacific Beach, formed Team XX after they met in March at the San Diego Film Awards, where they were each nominated for other film projects.

After meeting, they later met for tea and to talk about art.

“We didn’t know where that tea would lead us until one day I read about the San Diego 48-hour film project,” Luz explained. “I just decided to call her and see if she was willing to form this female team. The more we talked about it, the more we realized we wanted to do it not just for us, but for a better future. It wasn’t just about the 48-hour project anymore. We wanted to start a movement.”

From actresses to writers, they have since formed a roughly 25-member team. Team XX even has a female chef who will serve food during the 48-hour project.

“We decided we would invite all women, all talents to the table,” Vicory said.

Most of the women are from San Diego County and a few are from out of state. Vicory and Luz recruited people using social media and word of mouth.

“People just wanted to be on our team because they liked the novelty of an all-female team,” Vicory said. “We’re collaborative by nature. Our intent is to put inspirational content in the world.”

Like the other teams competing in the 48-Hour Film Project, Team XX will select the genre for its movie in a random drawing 15 minutes before the start of the competition. There are 14 genres in this year’s competition. In addition, teams are given a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that must appear in their film.

To help fund their first project, Team XX launched an Indiegogo campaign, with a goal to raise $15,000. As of July 7, they have raised $7,650.

The campaign ends mid-July. For information or to contribute, visit

“This will be the first of many Team XX projects,” Vicory said. “We hope to really set a template for other cities. I think it will be really interesting to have all this female energy in one place and see what we churn out.”

Team XX’s film will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, at 701 5th Ave. in San Diego. Tickets cost $15.

For information on the 48-Hour Film Project, visit