THE ATLANTA 48 HOUR SCI-FI FILM CHALLENGE
September 15, 2017
One weekend of Non-Stop Sci-fi Filmmaking in ATLANTA!
Get ready for a fun, wild and sleep-deprived weekend in which you and a team
write, shoot and edit a film, in just 48 hours!! NOW Over $7,000 in Prizes!!
And have your film open our 2nd Annual Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival sponsored by IMAX!
HOW IT WORKS!
To take part in the 2017 Challenge, all you have to do is:
Register Here for FREE
Read Details and Rules carefully
The 48 Hour Film Challenge is free to enter and will begin Friday September 15th at 7PM
All films must be shot in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area!
ALL films will open The Atlanta SCI-FI Film Festival and be screened on Saturday Sept 30th at GA Tech!
Invite your family and friends to see the fruits of 48hrs of hard, but fun labor!
Founder and CEO of ActionVFX
Rodolphe Pierre-Louis is an Award-Winning Filmmaker, Visual Effects Artist, and Entrepreneur from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2015, his short film, The House Call, won the Audience Choice Award at the Asheville 48 Hour Film Festival.
Rodolphe is the Founder and CEO of ActionVFX, the industry's leading source for Visual Effects stock footage. Because of his work at ActionVFX, he was awarded the StudioDaily 50 Award,
which honored the top 50 creatives and technologists of 2017.
Founder and Festival Director of Sci-fi London
Louis is the founder and festival director of Sci-fi-London (The Annual International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film), which he began 16 years ago. He has organized numerous science fiction and filmmaking events and projects involving thousands of people across the UK. He as produced several award-winning shorts and features.
Filmmaking Community & Partnership Manager at FilmStro
Having worked on broadcast documentaries for Travel Channel and Discovery, Zac carries an extensive working knowledge of the production and post-production process in documentary and filmmaking. He is also working in the tech industry developing and communicating the future technology of tools and products for filmmakers across the world.
$1,000 credit to the ActionVFX store
Featured spot on the New Upcoming Sci-fi Streaming Channel
Write-up in Oz Magazine
$500 credit to the ActionVFX store
Film shown on the New Upcoming Sci-fi Streaming Channel
$250 credit to the ActionVFX store
Film shown on the New Upcoming Sci-fi Streaming Channel
Worried about Writers Block?? Don’t be, we’ll send you screenwriting prompts, courtesy of GA Tech’s
Literature, Media and Communication, Science Fiction Studies Department.
So you'll have something to help get your juices flowing!
You will receive them via Email a few minutes before the challenge begins.
- Required Visual Effects
ActionVFX Clips - You will receive seven different ActionVFX clips to choose from, but at least one is required.
- Required Music
FilmStro Music Library – You will receive a link to their library filled with great licensed music to be used solely in the 3-5 minute sci-fi film short for the Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival.
- Required Landmark
The required location must be seen in your film, and used in a way that highlights the landmark.
Any filming at the landmark must be done in a way that does not interfere with the regular operations of the landmark or the experience of other guests. Hand held cameras and minimal external lighting would be preferred. Filmmakers will be responsible for any damage and waive any legal action against the landmark should problems occur while filming at the location.
- Required Title Card
Title Card must be shown at the beginning of your film. You will receive a downloadable PDF via email, a few minutes before official filmmaking period begins.
- Required Writing Prompts
Screenwriting Prompts – You will be given a list of writing prompts created by GA Tech Literature, Media & Communications department, to choose from. You must use one of the writing prompts from the provided list.
- Adherence to Assignment
Judges will base part of their scores on a film’s ability to adhere to the required elements!
- Elements in Credits Do Not Count
The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements
only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.
Challenge Rules are as follows:
- Your completed film must be 3-5 Min - no longer than five minutes and no shorter than three minutes, this does not include titles and credits.
- Your completed film must be written and produced in the period between Friday September 15th at 7PM and Sunday September 17th at 7PM! Any work created in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition. All films received on Sunday (on time) will be screened.
- Your film must contain five seconds of black and no bars or tones at the start, followed by five seconds of the supplied TITLE CARD.
- Your film locations, cast, music and sound effects should all have cleared the rights for your film, in perpetuity, worldwide. Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the Official Time Period.
- You should return your completed film on Sun September 17, 2017 before 7:00 PM by uploading to a service like YouTube, Vimeo etc... and emailing the link by the deadline, to the following address 48hrASCIFFF@Gmail.com and it MUST be set to DOWNLOAD!
By entering the competition, entrants together with any other member of the public involved (all such persons being referred to as 'ASCIFFF Participant') hereby agree to be bound by these rules as amended from time to time, and by the challenge instructions. It is the responsibility of ASCIFFF Participants to keep themselves informed as to any updates of these rules, and they acknowledge that any failure to comply with these rules could lead to their disqualification without reasons being given or opportunity for challenge. Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival, (hereafter known as ‘ASCIFFF), with respect to ASCIFFF Participant’s involvement in the ASCIFFF 48 Film Challenge (hereafter known as ‘Challenge’ and creation of a short film or video (the ”Film”) pursuant to the terms below.
- The Team Leader must be a legal resident of the United States and The District of Columbia and a resident of the State of Georgia. All Films must be shot within the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
- The Judges shall be those people detailed on the Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival 48 Hour challenge pages.
- The decision of the Judges over every instance shall be final and unchallengeable. No correspondence will be entered into or comment issued on any matters concerning the challenge, and no reasons given for any decision made by the Judges.
- The challenge is open to anyone aged 18 or over. Entrants should, if under 18, obtain permission in advance from their parent or guardian and be able to demonstrate that to the Judges satisfaction. Employees of Festival Businesses and contractors, the promoters and individuals connected with any company involved in the competition, agents and members of the immediate family of the above people will not be eligible to participate.
- Proof of submission or of posting of a form will not constitute proof of delivery and no responsibility will be accepted for lost, corrupted, delayed or mislaid entries
- There will be no cash or other alternative to the prize offered and prizes are not transferable.
- It is understood that ASCIFFF reserves the right to screen or exhibit only those films/videos, which adhere to the “Rules of the Challenge.” ASCIFFF Participant hereby understands that he/she is responsible for all crew, cast, equipment, sets, locations, and other items necessary for participating in the Challenge, and all costs, expenses, damages and claims related thereto.
- ASCIFFF is providing the event and the guidelines in which the ASCIFFF Participant is taking part; a screening opportunity for some of the completed work; and prize(s) for the winner(s). The ASCIFFF Participant hereby affirms that he/she will secure all rights to images, sounds and music used in his/her project; and/or will secure talent and location releases.
- The ASCIFFF Participant hereby affirms that he/she will secure agreement from all cast and crew and hereby indemnifies, saves and holds harmless ASCIFFF and all of it’s sponsors, from any and all claims, costs, damages, expenses and liabilities arising from the creation, use or participation hereunder (including, but not limited to claims for negligence and other torts, unauthorized exhibition, discrimination, fraud, infringement and breach of contract) of ASCIFFF Participant’s film/video.
- ASCIFFF Participant hereby acknowledges that the ASCIFFF will be an owner of his/her completed film; and that ASCIFFF has the right to screen, show, exhibit, broadcast, promote or disseminate in any way possible, including and not limited to theatrical release, broadcast television, cable television and/or the internet; and the right to publicize the ASCIFFF and Challenge using the name or images of and from the “Film.”
- ASCIFFF Participant hereby acknowledges that sponsors providing their products and services as “required elements” may use the “film” to promote their company, products and services.
- The ASCIFFF Participant acknowledges that participation in the Challenge is without remuneration or compensation whatsoever.
- The ASCIFFF participant agree that the Challenge is for recreational purposes only and that there is no obligation on the part of Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival at all to assign a winner or to screen your film if it is not suitable for screening. These and all the rules are at the sole discretion of the Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival.
- The Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the Official Time Period.
- Animal safety, like cast and crew safety, is a very important part of 48 Hour Filmmaking. Films that result in the death or mutilation of an animal will be disqualified.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Hopefully we have covered most of your questions below
- Q: I don't live in the US, can I still take part?
A: No, unfortunately this years challenge is for United States residents only
- Q: I don't live GEORGIA, can I still take part?
A: No, unfortunately this years challenge is for Georgia residents only.
- Q: I don't live in the city of ATLANTA, can I still take part?
A: YES, as long as you live within the state of Georgia, you can participate. However, the entire film Must be shot within the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
- Q: Can I shoot part of it in Atlanta?
A: No, unfortunately the entire film has to be shot within the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
- Q: I Live in Georgia but I’m not a resident, can I still take part?
A: No, unfortunately, this year you must be a resident of the state of Georgia.
- Q: I am under 18 can I enter the challenges?
A: Yes, we just ask that a parent or guardian accept responsibility for you and agree to the challenge rules.
Please ask your parent to add the following text to your submission 'I give my permission for [insert name] to enter the The Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival 48hr Sci-fi Challenge. Signed [insert name].
- Q: Do all members of my team need to register?
A: No. We just need a primary contact for your team. We use this for all notifications, like 'you won' etc... so make sure we have a current email and phone number! One suggestion though, get all members of your team to agree with you to take part, a simple letter of intent clearing their work or performance or whatever they contributed - if it gets big and viral, don't want a prima donna trying to restrict the film.
- Q: Can I use stock footage in my film?
A: Yes, we will accept films with some stock footage. Make sure you have cleared the copyright for anything you use. However, please bear in mind that we are unlikely to shortlist a film that consists of mostly stock material. The challenge is to write and shoot the film from scratch in the 48hours.
- Q: What about music in my film?
A: You will receive a link to a library of music to choose from as a Requirement in your film! Any other music must be cleared for use in your film and further uses of the finished piece. We will aim to put the film in festivals, broadcast it, put online and who knows what else. If you don't hold the complete rights for the music, don't use it.
- Q: Do I have to register?
A: Yes, you must register for a challenge. Go to the homepage and register the challenge. Once registered, you will receive confirmation of your entry.
- Q: Can I sell, publish or develop my film or story after submitting to the challenge?
A: Yes. It's yours and you own it, so exploit away! However, please remember by taking part you grant us an in-perpetuity, world-wide, royalty free, non-exclusive license to promote, publish, sample and sub-license the work. We will never charge any money for the story or film, but we will offer it free to anyone who wants to show it. The intellectual property in the work is yours and we do not make any claim on this, so we won’t take the world or characters you develop without permission.
- Q: I would like to submit my film to another festival, can I?
A: See above... it's yours so do what you like. One thing though, why not tell us what is happening so we can help promote it!
- Q: Can I publish my short story elsewhere?
A: Yes. By submitting you give us rights to publish the story, but it is still yours and you can do what you like with it.
- Q: Can you keep my story or film offline?
A: No. If you think you have a masterpiece, or a load of rubbish (never!) then don't send it in. We want to show the world all the entries we receive and will put them online and share with our partners to publish. Please don’t submit it if you don’t want it live!
- Q: Can I use a pen name or similar?
A: Yes. Well sort of. We need you to use your real name and contacts when registering, so we know who you are. Also, think about the publicity should you win - we may want to get photos, shout loud and tell the world that you did this. Gets messy if we can't tell people who you are.
Why do you need a phone number?
A: Because email can be unreliable. If you are shortlisted or we have some cool news about your film, we'll be all excited and want to contact you ASAP. We often try phone because it's quicker. A land line is fine if you don't have or want to use a mobile. We don't sell it on or call you for any other reason.
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