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 (included on Tech Delivery Sheet), with the upload completed no later than 7pm on the Sunday, April 2. Your film file must be clearly labeled with your team
name: teamname_CUFF48 Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having issues or would like to physically deliver your project.
2. FINISHED FORMAT must be a self-contained full resolution H.264 QuickTime file (.mov), with no proprietary
codecs. More info on included Tech Delivery Sheet.
3. SLATE/INTRO CREDITS: The file must have 10 seconds of black followed by 10 second introduction credit
reading: Team Name, Title, Genre, Prop & Line of Dialogue.
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: Writing, Rehearsing, Shooting,
Editing, Graphics & Visual Effects, Sound Design & Music*. *Please note that you are able to use copyright free
music in your projects.
6. RUN TIME: The length of your short, including introduction and closing credits, must be a minimum of 2 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes. Total combined credits can be no longer than 30 seconds making the maximum possible final project file length 00:05:30. Do not feel like you need to use the full time allotted, shorter can often
work out better!
7. All cast & crew must be volunteers and cannot receive payment for their work.
8. LATE FILM ENTRIES: Films received after 7pm on Sunday will still be screened but will not be eligible for any awards. Any film received after 10pm will be disqualified and will not be screened.
9. The films may contain mature content and themes but may not contain real-life violence, hate speech or any
forms of pornography.
10. ABSOLUTELY NO ADVANCE SCREENINGS: Once completed, 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.
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.
12. Any type of camera may be used and 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. The jury not only takes the overall quality of your film into account but also how creatively you used your
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