Q: Is there an entry fee to take part?

A: No, it is free to take part.

Q: I don’t live in the UK, can I still take part?

A: Yes, no problem. Location is not an issue for taking part, we have many people enter from outside the UK. The only thing to consider is the award ceremony and possible prizes that involve local attendance. We do not have a budget for travel and accommodation and cannot invite you to attend unless you can get your team to London. So, if you win or are shortlisted we will accept any prizes on your behalf and post where applicable. Of course, if you get here under your own steam you will be very welcome to the events. Also, note that the challenge is run using UK, British Summer Time!

Q: Are there any special requirements for students?

A: No, they are people too, mostly, and the same rules apply – see the note on under 18s..

Q: I am under 18 can I enter the challenges?

A: Yes, we just ask that a parent or guardian accept responsibility for you and agree to the challenge rules.

Please ask your parent to add the following text to your submission ‘I give my permission for [insert name] to enter the SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr challenge. Signed [insert name].

Q: Can I use stock footage in my film?

A: Yes, we will accept films with some stock footage. Make sure you have cleared the copyright for anything you use. However, please bear in mind that we are unlikely to shortlist a film that consists of mostly stock material. The challenge is to write and shoot the film from scratch within the 48hours.

Q: What about music in my film?

A: You can use music that is cleared for use in your film and the further uses of the finished piece. We will aim to put the film in festivals, broadcast it, put it online and who knows what else. If you don’t hold complete rights to the music, don’t use it.

Q: I’ve registered on the site, but can’t see my challenge details

A: As well as creating an account, you must also register for the challenge. Once registered, check your account page for confirmation of the entry. You will also find the elements needed to make your film, from 11am on the day of the challenge,

Q: I’ve submitted online, but have not had a confirmation email

A: It takes time for us to collect the data and confirm receipt, if you’ve submitted your film or story online, check your account page for confirmation that your submission has been accepted.

Q: Can I sell, publish or develop my film after submitting it to the challenge?

A: Yes. It’s yours and you own it, so exploit away! However, please remember by taking part you grant us an in-perpetuity, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to promote, publish, sample and sub-licence the work. We will never charge any money for the story or film, but we will offer it free to anyone who wants to show or host it. The intellectual property in the work is yours and we do not make any claim on this, so we won’t take the ‘world’ or characters you develop without permission.

Q: I would like to submit my film to another festival, can I?

A: See above… it’s yours so do what you like. One thing though, why not tell us what is happening so we can help promote it!

Q: Do all members of my team need to register?

A: No. We just need a primary contact for your team. We use this for all notifications, like ‘you won’ etc… so make sure we have a current email and phone number! One suggestion though, get all members of your team to agree with you to take part, a simple letter of intent clearing their work or performance or whatever they contributed – if it gets big and viral, you don’t want a prima donna trying to restrict the film.

Q: Why do you need a phone number?

A: Because email can be unreliable. If you are shortlisted or we have some cool news about your film, we’ll be all excited and want to contact you ASAP. We often try the phone because it’s quicker. A landline is fine if you don’t have or want to use a mobile. We don’t sell it on or call you for any other reason.

Q: Does everyone get the same film or story TITLE?

A:  No. We generate hundreds of titles and these are given out randomly to each entrant. We did toy with the idea of using the same title, but couldn’t stand the idea of watching a hundred versions of the same thing… maybe one day we will try this format – but for now, you get a random title unique to you!

Q: Do I need to get any permissions?

A:  Yes!!! You are responsible for ensuring that filming is carried out legally, safely and considerately. Whatever the location, it is likely you’ll need to notify the owners and local authorities and get permission to carry out filming.  Some advice on obtaining permission can be found here. Guidance on your statutory obligations can be found at Film London here . Check your local film commission or authority for regional differences.

It is vital that if you intend to use weapons of any kind (replica or otherwise), police or military uniforms or vehicles, if you intend to recreate a crime or film with vehicles on the move that you work within your local Police Service Film Unit’s guidelines

Q: Is there any feedback on my film?

A: No, other than being shortlisted, and anything our main jury sends us, no other feedback is available.

Q: Can one person be in two teams??

A: If it works for you, sure.  We don’t have a limit on the number of team members or how they are set up.  Just make the film in the challenge weekend, following the rules.