SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge

Think you can make a short film in 2 days? - then prepare for our 48hr Film Challenge!

SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr film challenge briefing at the BFI Southbank

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - If you still want to take part, just come along at 10.00am to the BFI on Saturday.

Over the last five years we have run the SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge and have had over 800 films completed, many of which have gone to other film festivals, been broadcast on TV and seen two feature films completed, including MONSTERS by Gareth Edwards. At the last challenge we had 181 films made in one weekend, with around 2500 people taking part!

The 2014 challenge takes place over the weekend of 12 -14 April, a few weeks before the film festival so we can judge all the entries and the winning films can be screened at the festival.

wildseed studios | sci-fi-londonUPDATE:

We are delighted to announce that Wildseed Studios, the next-generation content and talent incubator which supports grass roots talent with funding, creative mentorship and strategic advice, has teamed up with the challenge and offer one of the shortlisted teams £10,000 cash toward a micro-budget feature!

This is an amazing opportunity to make a feature film this year, alongside the £10k,  Wildseed will offer mentoring and bring a package of in-kind support, making sure the film gets completed - and of course, we would like to premiere it at the festival in 2015!

Five of the shortlisted teams will be selected by Wildseed and go through a mentoring and development process to get a great script that can be made into a feature!

The winner of the challenge is automatically in the line-up, so four other places are up for grabs! So, get ready for the challenge - we want to see your feature film too!

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Taking part is easy...

The challenge is free to enter and the process is simple.

  1. You pick a team name - we refer to you throughout the process by this, so pick a good one!
  2. Put a team together - it can be any size, though we have found smaller teams work best, fewer egos!
  3. Turn up on Saturday 12th April - to receive your brief, or choose to play remotely and we SMS and Email your brief.
  4. Make a film in a weekend - runtime of no longer than five minutes
  5. Get it back to us by Monday 14th April for judging - simple huh!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - If you still want to take part, just come along at 10.00am to the BFI on Saturday

A queue of team captains!

How it works...

We will ask your team to come to the BFI Southbank on Saturday 12 April at 10.00am where we give you the TITLE of the film you will make, some DIALOGUE that one of your characters must say to screen, and a list of PROPS that must be seen in the film. We also give you an optional scientific theme or idea... this could be nano-tech, cloning, gene-splicing...or something a little more "fringe".

Once you have all your elements, you have until Monday morning to return the completed movie to us. You can either deliver it to the BFI or send it via the Internet (wetransfer, vimeo upload etc).

Why should you bother entering?

In 2008, Gareth Edwards took part and won the competition.

Gareth’s debut feature is the multiple award-winning MONSTERS – and the project was green-lit because Vertigo Films saw his winning 48hour short-film right here! So impressed were they with what he could do with no budget in just 2 days that they decided to develop a feature with him. Gareth's second feature comes out in 2014, it's about a big lizard called GODZILLA!!!

In 2012 we had a prize from Vertigo Films of a feature-film development deal, we hope that the winners will complete their first feature next year.

We are working on getting some cool prizes right now, but the dates are locked, so start planning.

The Basic Rules:

One person from your team must attend the event at the BFI Southbank, where you will be given your brief. This includes the TITLE of the film you will make, some DIALOGUE one of your characters must say to camera and a PROP LIST of things that a character must show or use to camera.

You can also take part via SMS/EMAIL and UPLOAD your film! - give us a mobile number and email address and on the Saturday morning we will send you a text with your TITLE etc. You have 48hours to upload to a web video host like YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion etc.

Participating teams then have just 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short science fiction film to be no longer than five minutes including credits. You can be a team of one if you want but we recommend five or six people (Director, Lights, Sound, Editor, Camera and someone to fetch coffee, keep everyone fed and generally be indispensable!).

You have until 13.00hours (1pm) on Monday 14th April 2014 to create your film and get it back to the venue (or upload it). Just getting it there on time can be the biggest challenge. We suggest someone with reliable two wheel transport make that all important delivery! (Someone will be able to receive your entry from 9.30am)

Those playing by SMS must have completed and sent us a link to the upload by 1pm!

Teams are accepted on a first come first served basis and remember, we do not give you any kit to shoot or edit your film.

Think ahead - start scouting locations and getting actors together now!

  • All material must be created during the 48 hour challenge period
  • All material must be free of any copyright claims (it's yours, you didn’t ‘borrow' it) - and you indemnify us against any claims
  • No materials will be returned so don't give us the only copy!
  • By entering you agree to give us non-exclusive, worldwide rights to the film, forever and we can do what we like with it - forever!
  • All films returned by 1pm on Monday 14th April, no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes, copyright cleared and containing all the random elements issued on the previous Saturday are eligible for judging.
  • All films will show a supplied graphic at the beginning of the film. - This will be given at the venues or you can download it on the day.
  • The judges decision is final - really, no arguments!
  • Use of a time machine or other similar instrument to stop the normal passage of time, giving you say 3 weeks to make a film in what seems like just a weekend to the rest of us - well, that is cheating and we won't stand for it - unless of course you use some kind of mind control and erase any knowledge of this rule or your cheating or the fact that the time machine was invented.
  • We do not have a problem with you thinking ahead and clearing permission for locations, actors, whatever.

All creativity must occur within the competition period: writing, rehearsing, shooting, editing, graphics, sound design, etc. Get your film to the venue by 1pm on Monday and you're in the competition!

If you are entering the 48 Hour Film Challenge, use #sfl48hr hashtag on your tweets and join the Facebook group for updates and crew requests.