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Film and Video Studies

About the 48-Hour Film Slam

48-Hours of Caffeine, Adrenaline & Filmmaking!

In the spirit of earlier "insomnia" film contests, The CWU 48-Hour Film Slam's mission is to provide student filmmakers an opportunity to test their mettle in a crucible of 48 hours of sleep depravation, adrenaline and caffeine fueled creativity! The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the student filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the student filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting the emphasis on "doing" instead of "studying" or "talking about" filmmaking.

Thus, participating teams of no more than five (5) dedicated individuals (of which, 1 must be a FVS major & 1 must be a Theatre major) have just one weekend to make a short film. All creative work—writing, rehearsals, costume, set design, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack—must occur in a 48-hour window beginning Friday evening at 5:30 PM and ending Sunday at 5:30 PM. At 8 PM the following Monday, the completed films are screened to a panel of judges and an eager audience followed by the award ceremony!

Check out the Slamin' Rules and make sure your film meets the criteria. Then, before you submit your masterpiece, be sure to fill out the Wrap-up Form and submit it with your entry by the designated deadline!

A panel of individuals drawn from the faculty of Film & Video Studies, Theatre and English, and one member from the community will judge the submissions. Judges base their decisions on the following criteria—creativity (40%), technical merit (30%), and adherence to the assigned Genre, use of the Required Elements & compliance with the Official Rules (30%). Awards will be given in the following categories—Best Screenplay, Best Directing, and Best Technical Achievement (in cinematography &/or editing). Audience awards will be given for Best Performance and Best of Festival as determined by an audience ballot at the time of screening.