SCI-FI-London launches 48 Hour Film Challenge

Over the last four years the SCI-FI-London Film Festival has run a 48 Hour Film Challenge which has seen over 380 films completed, many of which have gone to other film festivals and been broadcast on TV. The challenge takes place a few weeks before the film festival so they can judge all the entries and the winning films can be screened at the festival.

The 2013 challenge has just been launched and the jury this year includes actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Brad Wyman (Producer, Monster) and Guillermo Del Toro.Online registration is now open for this year’s challenge  which starts at 10.00am, Saturday 6th April.

Taking part is easy. Get a crew together, scout some locations, prep your cast and be ready to make a 5 minute short film in just 48 hours. They will ask your team to come to the BFI Southbank on Saturday 6th April at 10.00am where they 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. They also give you an optional scientific theme… 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 them. You can either deliver it to the BFI or send it via the Internet (wetransfer).

It is free to take part and you just need to register in advance on their site: www.sci-fi-london.com/48-hour-film-challenge

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