48 Hour Movie Making Challenge
REGISTRATION FOR THE 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE IS NOW FULL. If you are interested in being on the waitlist please fill out the form below
The Calgary Underground Film Festival is once again challenging you to make a short film as part of our 48-Hour Movie Making Challenge. This year, we have partnered with NUTV on the annual challenge. The completed shorts will be screened as part of the 20th CUFF taking place from April 20-30, 2023.
DATES & DEADLINE:
Registration Opens: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Shoot Weekend: March 31 – April 2, 2023 (7pm - 7pm)
HOW IT WORKS:
You will randomly be given a GENRE, PROP and a LINE OF DIALOGUE to include in your film.
All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48-hour window beginning Friday evening at 7pm and ending Sunday at 7pm. The event is limited to 24 teams, and based on the first 24 teams to register with full payment, so please register as soon as you confirm your team to guarantee acceptance. The festival screening will have a live jury to determine the award-winning shorts.
There will be prizes awarded to the top two teams selected by our jury, as well as an audience choice award.
The 48-Hour Challenge is open to filmmakers at any stage of their career – from first-time filmmakers through to experienced directors. Anyone can participate.
1. Completed shorts MUST be uploaded to our webcargo link, with the upload completed no later than 7pm on the Sunday, April 2. Please make sure you know how long the upload can/will take. Your film file must be clearly labeled with your team name: teamname_CUFF48
2. FINISHED FORMAT: As a self-contained full resolution QuickTime file (.mov), with no proprietary codecs uploaded to the webcargo link provided closer to the date for the in-cinema screening.
3. SLATE/INTRO CREDITS: The Tape must have 10 seconds of black followed by 10 second introduction credit reading: Team Name, Title, Genre, Prop & Line of Dialogue. No colour bar.
4. ASPECT RATIO: All films should be shot at a 16:9 aspect ratio. Everything will be packaged within a Flat (16:9) container for playback. Eg. Scope images will be letterboxed.
5. During the official competition period, all creative aspects must be completed, including but not limited to: Writing the script, Rehearsing, Shooting, Editing, Graphics & Visual Effects, Sound Design & Music. Nailing your genre is essential.
6. We strongly encourage registered teams to have locked in the following, prior to the official competition period: Securing Equipment, Securing Locations, Organizing Crew, Organizing Cast, Securing Costumes and Props.
7. RUNNING TIME: The length of your short, including introduction and closing credits, must be between 2 - 5 minutes. Total combined credits can be no longer than 30 seconds. Do not feel like you need to use the full time allotted. Shorter can often work out better!
8. All cast & crew must be volunteers, and cannot receive payment for their work.
9. LATE FILM ENTRIES: Films received on Sunday after 7pm will be screened, but are not eligible for any juried awards. To get your ineligible film screened, you MUST still submit by Sunday 10pm. Late entries will still be eligible for an audience award. Anything arriving after 10pm will be disqualified.
10. ABSOLUTELY NO ADVANCE SCREENINGS OR CHEATING: If we discover that any team has cheated in some way, they will be disqualified from any award and the screening. You are not permitted to screen your film to any audience, including cast and crew, in advance of the CUFF screening. Your short must premiere at the festival. Team leaders will be made responsible for ensuring that these rules are followed. Trust us, it's way more fun this way, to show your film for the first time in the cinema at a sold out event. We promise, it's worth the wait!
11. After your film has been screened as a part of CUFF'S 48 Hour Film Challenge, you are free to use, screen and post it as you please. If you are proud of the film, we strongly suggest submitting it to other film festivals all over the world. We have programmed shorts that were created for other 48-Hour film challenges in previous years.
12. Any type of video or film camera may be used, but we strongly suggest you shoot in HD to help make your project look good when screened in the cinema. There is no limit to the number of cameras that can be used.
13. PRIZES: There will be prizes awarded to the top two teams selected by our jury as well as an audience choice award.
14. Have fun and make the best film possible!
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the CUFF 48-Hour Movie Making Challenge?
Shoot Weekend: March 31 – April 2, 2023