West Norwood – 48 Hour Film Competition

Calling all film-makers!

As part of the West Norwood Free Film Festival, we will also be hosting a 48 Hour Film Challenge (WNFFF48), open to anyone interested in film-making.

Launching on the eve of the festival, teams will be asked to write, shoot and edit a short film within 48 hours (please arrive between 5-8pm @ Knowles of Norwood on Friday 24th March).

Each team will be given a line of famous film dialogue, a prop and a West Norwood location to include in their film.

The shortlisted entries will be screened at the 48 hour Film Festival Competition Gala on Saturday 1st April, held at the Portico Gallery. The winning entries will then be judged on the night by a panel of experts.

The winners will be judged in the following categories:

  1. Under 16
  2. Over 16
  3. Family
  4. Overall winner

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Please see below for the full rules on the competition:


1. One member of the participating team must sign our Participant’s
Agreement on the night for them to be eligible for the final competition. The signed form should be enclosed with the finished movie.

2. All teams MUST have a team name, which WNFFF48 uses for identification.

3. There is no fee or charge for entering the Challenge and ALL costs for production and submission must be born by the Team, nor is there a fee paid for entering.

4. The Challenge is to write, shoot and edit a short film in 48 hours based on the criteria presented to the teams at the briefing.

5. Only one member of the team is required to attend the briefing where they will be given a line of famous film dialogue, a prop and a West Norwood location. All 3 elements have to appear in the finished film.

6. The 48 hours begins from when all teams have their brief at Knowles on Friday 24th March . All the creative work must take part in that time period. The only pre-production permissible is the organising of cast and crew (the Team) and securing equipment. Bear in mind that there are laws and regulations regarding filming in public locations and places that might be considered public. WNFFF48 will take out a blanket agreement with Lambeth to cover the event. Please be respectful of the people around you during filming. Don’t block pathways or rights of way and keep disturbance to a minimum.

7. No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time should be used. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the 48 hour time period. Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them.

8. Music used should be original and, where possible, created specifically for the movie during the challenge.  No commercial music is allowed in the film.

9.  Overall content of the movie, beyond that specified at the Launch, is at the discretion of the participating teams. The organisers reserve the right to not screen any film that can be considered pornographic, or that depicts hardcore or graphic sex, or any material that would attract an 18 certificate.

10.  The finished film must be a maximum of three (3) minutes. Credits at the beginning and end of each film should total no more than 30 seconds and make up part of the overall running time.

11.  The film is to be delivered on DVD or USB stick.

12.  The start of the film MUST have:
I.  5 seconds of black
II.  Title card with: team name, LOCATION/PROP/DIALOGUE that you were given
III.  2 seconds of black.

13. The movie can be shot on any media or in any format but the
finished film has to be delivered in the formats specified above.

14. Each entry has to be accompanied by the signed Participant’s
Agreement form. Films that arrive after the cut-off time will not be eligible for the competition.

15. The judges’ decision is final.

16. There will be one winner for Under 16, one for Over 16
one for Family and one overall winner.

17. By submitting your film to The West Norwood Free Film Festival 48 Hour Film Challenge (WNFFF 48) you give permission for the film to be hosted on the WNFFF 48 Vimeo site and also to be shown during the festival.