48 Hour Film Challenge 2017

BFI Southbank - 48 Hour Film Challenge 2014

Challenge date


Welcome to the 48 Hour Film Challenge 2017.

We are delighted to announce that this year's challenge is supported by Syfy.

UPDATE:   To make it easier for all teams who take part to get on with their filmmaking, we are not holding our usual BFI briefing event.  This year, all teams will get their challenge elements via their online profile on this site.   From 11am on Sat 8th April, log in and collect your data and get cracking with your film, uploading before 13.00pm on Mon 10th.  Best of luck everyone!

Check out our vimeo channel for examples of films from previous years.  The competition is tough, but the worst that can happen is, on Monday 10th April you'll have made a film!

We recommend that you think about cast and location now, remember your friends are not actors - unless they are actors of course!  But do not write a script and try to make it in two days, it just isn't enough time!  Over the years the winners and shortlisted films tend to use all the elements we give them and write their film on the morning of the challenge. 

Good luck and follow the action @scifilondon #SFL48HR

Louis & the SFL team.

The Prizes

News about prizes in coming in, here's what we know now!

Syfy are offering a £500 cash prize to the winner of this year's challenge.

Along with this, Black Magic Design will give the winner an URSA Mini 4.6K EF, URSA Mini Shoulder Kit, URSA Mini Vlock Battery Plate along with licences for DaVinci Resolve Studio and Fusion Studio.

Second and third places winners will also receive full licences for DaVinci Resolve Studio and Fusion Studio.

More news to follow!

The Prizes



Challenge Jury

Francine Stock

Francine Stock

Presenter, BBC R4 Film Programme

Francine presents The Film Programme, Radio 4's weekly film programe.

Iain SMith

Iain Smith


Iain is a veteran producer with films like Children of Men, The Fifth Element and Mad Max:Fury Road

Fred Graver

Fred Graver

Global Head of TV, Twitter

Writer / Producer, 4-time Emmy Winner, Thought Leader, and Creative, Talent spotter.

Thomas Schnauz

Thomas Schnauz


Thomas has been writing and producing killer TV for many years. He is best known for The Lone Gunmen, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul

Nim Thanigasapapathy

Nim Thanigasapapathy

Head of Programming - Syfy

Nim has with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the genre. Now at Syfy he looks after the channel’s programming, launching shows like Dark Matter

Richard Edwards, SFX

Richard Edwards

Editor, SFX Magazine

Rich is the editor of the UK's finest sci-fi magazine, SFX.