Part 2 Rules

Adapted from 48HFP Official Filmmaking Rules with permission.
The following rules apply to each participating group/production team:

A. Times:
  • The On-Site Movie-Making Competition will occur between the icebreaker activity and the following Saturday 4 pm local time (45 hours).
  • The participating group/team must complete its film/video work in time to deliver it to a location to be announced, on Saturday by 4:30pm.
  • Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition.
B. During the On-Site Movie-Making Competition, all creativity will take place, including but not limited to:
  • Writing the script
  • Rehearsing
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Rendering
C. The only work to begin prior to the icebreaker activity is:
  • Organizing Crew
  • Organizing Cast
  • Securing Equipment
  • Each team will have a maximum of 6 student members and two teacher/coaches.
D. All footage must be shot within the 45 hour time period of the project.
  • No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used.
  • Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the 45 hour time period.
  • Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the 45 hour time period.
E. Each participating group is expected to attend the icebreaker activity.
  • At the icebreaker event, each group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film, such as a specific character, prop and/or line of dialogue.
  • The required Character and Prop must be seen on-screen.
  • The required Line of Dialogue must be used verbatim. It may be spoken, sung and/or written. It may be in any language, though if it is unclear that it is the Line, there must be a translation.
F. The finished film must be a minimum of 4 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 7 minutes in duration—not including credits. See Rule G.
G. Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is considered additional to the length of the film, as stated in Rule F. (That is, a film may be 7 minutes long, with an additional 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 8 minutes.)
H. Pre-recorded sound effects and music are allowed, but you must have rights to use them.
I. Before the finished film begins, the tape should have:
J. All films received on the afternoon of the deadline will be screened, presuming they are eligible according to all rules. To ensure the best screening of your film, please follow the instructions below:
  • HD films must be down-converted to SD.
  • Sound levels should be relatively even throughout the film.
K. Each coach must secure parental releases, which must be turned in to the project organizers with the finished film/video. (Download a release form.) The film/video will not be elegible without the signed releases.
L.To be eligible for the Festival, entries must be the original work of the team; must not infringe third-party's rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements. Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the festival organizers, in their sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. AASCA Media Festival Organizers reserve the right to make the final determination as to which entries are eligible.
M.It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide a release for all music used.
N. AASCA Media Festival Organizers reserve the right to make the final determination as to which entries are eligible.
Y.AASCA Media Festival Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the icebreaker activity.

Every second counts, when you have 45 hours to make a film!


A special thanks to Mark Ruppert, creator of the 48 Hour Film Project, for permission to use and adapt the 48HFP Official Filmaking Rules.
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