The Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival is challenging you to make a short film as part of our 4th annual SFFF 48-Hour Movie Making Challenge. The filming takes place October 13th through 15th. The completed shorts will be screened on Saturday October 28th, 2017 Time: 1:00pm at The Broadway Theatre. Admission is $5 per person.
We encourage everyone to sign up on our Facebook Event Page to keep up to date on the challenge.
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 October 13th, 2017 evening at 7pm and ending Sunday October 15th, 2017 at 7pm.
The event is limited to the first 20 teams to register.
The Movie Challenge will start with a meeting that takes place on Friday October 13th from 6:30pm-7:00 pm at a location to be determined. At this meeting we will discuss the rules, provide the prop, line of dialogue and genre for your films. Please note that if you cannot make the meeting you can sign up by filling out the entry form below. We will contact you right before the end of the meeting by phone and can provide you the information needed to compete in the competition.
We will run an informal audience choice award. The winning team will win the admiration of the audience and the rest of the teams.
Teams should be approximately 5 people in size but smaller or larger can work.
If you do not have a team but would like to participate please post a comment on our Facebook Event Page and we can try to find you a team.
If you have any trouble with the embedded form you may click here to complete the form.
Entry into the competition is free this year. Please note though that there will be an admission fee of $5 charge at the actual screening of the movies to cover the costs of running the competition.
- Completed shorts MUST be placed in an envelope. Your envelope must be labeled clearly with your TEAM NAME & TITLE.
- FINISHED FORMAT: **Finished shorts must be submitted one of TWO ways.
As a self-contained full resolution QuickTime (.mov) or h.264 (.mp4) file, with no proprietary codecs – supplied on DVD or USB stick. Please test before you submit.
Private/secure password protected Vimeo or Youtube link. The link and password must be provided and have been properly tested.
- SLATE/INTRO CREDITS: The Video must have 10 seconds of black followed by 10 second introduction credit reading: Team Name, Title, Genre, Prop & Line of Dialogue. No colour bar.
- ASPECT RATIO: All films are to be shot at a 16:9 aspect ratio. The projector will not be switched to accommodate any projects shot in 4:3. However, if you do shoot 4:3, you must supply the final video window-boxed in a 16:9 file, otherwise your video will appear stretched.
- During the official competition period, all creativity will take place, including but not limited to: Writing the script, Rehearsing, Shooting, Editing, Graphics & Visual Effects, Sound Design & Music. Nailing your genre is essential.
- We strongly encourage registered teams to begin the following work, prior to the official competition period: Securing Equipment, Securing Locations, Organizing Crew, Organizing Cast, Securing Costumes and Props
- RUNNING TIME: The length of your short, including introduction (20 seconds including black and slate) and closing credits, can be anywhere 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!
- All cast & crew must be volunteers.
- DROP OFF OF COMPLETED SHORT: By 7:00 p.m. Sunday October 15th, 2017 at a location to be announced at the meeting
- LATE FILM ENTRIES: Films received on Sunday after 7pm will be screened but are not eligible for any awards. To get your ineligible film screened you MUST hand something in by Sunday 10pm. Late entries will still be eligible for an audience award. Anything arriving after 10pm will be disqualified.
- ABSOLUTELY NO ADVANCE SCREENINGS OR CHEATING: Any team found to have cheated in some way, will be disqualified from any award and the screening. There is no exception to advance screenings of your film. Your short must only be premiered at the SFFF screening. This means NO cast and crew screening either. Please just tuck it away and save it for the event. Team leaders will be made responsible. This is way more fun this way if your film is a premier. We promise.
- AFTER THE SCREENING: After your film has been screened as a part of SFFF’s 48 Hour Film Challenge you are free to use 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.
- VIDEO QUALITY: Any type of video or film camera may be used but we strongly suggest you shoot in HD to help make your project look as good as possible. There is no limit to the number of cameras that can be used.
- Have fun and make the best film possible!!
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the SFFF 48-Hour Movie Making Challenge?
Shoot Weekend Friday October 13th, 2017 to Sunday October 15th, 2017
When and where do we meet?
The Movie Challenge will start with a meeting that takes place on Friday October 13th from 6:30pm-7:00pm at a location to be determined. At this meeting we will discuss the rules, provide the prop, line of dialogue and genre for your films. Please note that if you cannot make the meeting you can sign up by filling out the entry form below. We will contact you right at the end of the meeting by phone and can provide you the information needed to compete in the competition.
When is the screening for the 48-Hour finalists?
Saturday October 28th, 2017 Time: 1:00pm at The Broadway Theatre.
Can I hand in my short after the deadline?
Yes you can – however it WILL NOT be eligible for the audience award at the screening if delivered after 7pm. LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ONLY ACCEPTED UNTIL 10PM ON October 15th and will be screened with the package at the festival – subject to space availability.
When do we find out if we’ve successfully entered?
You are all good to go once you have filled out the registration form and made a payment.
Why is there no entry fee this year?
We decided that it will be easier to just charge a small admission fee to the door. The $5 admission fee is used to cover the costs associated with running the challenge.
Can I hand in a rough of my short before Sun 7pm and then switch it for a final copy at the last second?
No you cannot. This is a time challenge and we will judge what is submitted on time.
Can I put my short up on YOU TUBE or some other site?
Not before the screening. After the scheduled screening you can do whatever you like with your short. The short time delay between the shoot and the screening is needed to get your films transferred to our exhibition format as well as have them watched by the special guest juror.
We want to have all our viewing experiences being a first for the audience as it makes the screening that much more exciting. If you do decide to host your short before the final you will be disqualified from the competition.
Can I compete if I don’t live in Saskatoon?
Yes you can! We can email you your elements to include in the film.
You’ll also need to have your final version uploaded on Vimeo or Youtube by 7 PM on the closing Sunday.
What if I fail to make the short in the appropriate GENRE, PROP and a LINE OF DIALOGUE?
Your short will be included but will not be eligible for any awards.
What are the awards?
There will be an audience choice award. Only films handed in on time and that include the appropriate GENRE, PROP and Line of Dialogue are eligible for any. The award consists of the respect of the audience and all the participants.
What is the duration of the films?
They must be a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes long, including credits.
Can I use any existing footage not shot in the weekend?
No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used.
Can pre-recorded music be used?
This can only be used if it is purely incidental background material and not a focal point for your short. If you want the short used for more than this SFFF screening, and may be submitting it to other film festivals, you may want to consider using an original soundtrack.
Can I use animation or digital effects?
Animation and digital effects are permitted, but must be created during the 48 hour time period.
NOTE: The person who fills out the registration form will be the team leader and point of contact.