48 Hour Film Challenge 2017

BFI Southbank - 48 Hour Film Challenge 2014

Challenge date


Welcome to the 48 Hour Film Challenge 2017.  Good luck everyone!

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

Across London, with 10 days of amazing film, live music, immersive experiences and more. We showcase a fantastic programme filled with World, European and UK Film Premieres alongside our regular classic events such as the 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE and SCI-FIDO, the world’s only cosplay for dogs!

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. 

How it works:

Entry is free and open to anyone. The film must not exceed 5mins created in the time allocated.  You can be anywhere in the world but entries must be in English or have English subtitles.

  1. Create an account
  2. Register for this challenge

On Saturday 8th April 2017 (11am), login back in and click on My account.

You will find the elements you need to use.

These include:

  • The TITLE for your film
  • A piece of DIALOGUE that must be said by a character in the film
  • A Prop list or Action, that we must see on screen
  • An optional scientific idea or theme

Easy...half your work is done! You then have 48 hours to write, shoot, edit and finish your film.

The deadline for submission is Monday 10th April, 2017 at 1:00pm.  You can submit a link to your film (on Vimeo, youtube etc) in your account profile or send a link to the film to 48hr2017@sci-fi-london.com.

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.