Always wanted to be a filmmaker and have a story to tell?? Maybe you want to get more views on your YouTube channel?? Excited about exploring the possibilities of making quality videos on your phone??
With the sponsorship of Edmonton Northlands, K-Days, McBain Camera and Panasonic, the Edmonton Short Film Festival wants to help you! We have partnered to create a three-pronged strategy to help any Albertan become more creative for FREE! Pre-registration is open until July 17. The 48 Hour Challenge will begin at 6PM on July 19 and end at 6PM on July 21. A special email will be sent to all registrants before the start of the Challenge with the secret elements to include in your film.
July 19-21, 2019 – 48-Hour Mobile FREE Filmmaking Challenge. You have 48 hours to create a film on your mobile device. Three secret elements will be shared before the kick off and these must be included in the film. You will upload your film to YouTube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Filmmakers will be challenged to “market” their project and get their friends, family and fans to “like” and “comment” on their work. Three prizes are available: Best Overall Film; Best Marketed Film and Best Use of the Secret Elements. Every 48-hour challenge film completed at the K-Days event will be eligible for screening at the ESFF @ KDays Film Festival on July 28. The top judged film, the film that has the best use of secret elements and the best marketed film will also be screened at the Edmonton Short Film Festival Gala on October 19 ($50 screening fees will be paid PLUS eligibility to win the $250 Peoples’ Choice Award).
Marketing Guidelines: Want to win the “best marketed film award”? The rules are simple … once your film is posted on the ESFF website (we’ll include the link in the email on July 19), share the link with your friends, family and other contacts to ask them to watch, like and comment on your project. You will earn bonus points if you promote your film during the challenge and tag ESFF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (tags will be included in the email). Creativity in marketing is also considered as added value to this part of the competition. Paid ads on any social media platform are permitted, as this is definitely a learning experience for you and a necessary part of self-promoting independent film. If we suspect that vote-buying on YouTube is occurring, we will disqualify the project from the marketing competition. Filmmakers would be contacted confidentially and, if receipts/analytics are available, that will be sufficient “proof” that vote-buying has not occurred.
July 28, 2019- ESFF @ K-Days Film Fest. A fun filled day of screening, including all the eligible films submitted to the 48- hour challenge plus the “best of” from the Edmonton Short Film Festival’s archives. Interspersed between the segments will be panels with the filmmakers, Prizes will be awarded at the end of day.
The Free 48 Hour Mobile Device Challenge Class was held on May 4, which provided information about the skills needed to make your 48 hour film. Please note that attending the workshop is not a pre-requisite to participating in the film challenge.