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5 Days / 3-5 Minutes

5 for 5 Film Contest


 WHEN:  September 4th – 8th

   PREMIERE:  September 12th

     COST: $25 per Team

       FIRST PRIZE:  $100




The 5 for 5 Film Fest gives filmmakers 5 days to make a film up to 5 minutes in length. Each film     must contain the pre-selected line of dialogue, prop, and character presented at the start of the contest.   Teams will have 5 days to write, shoot and edit their projects. Films will be shown during the festival in Lewistown, PA and the best of the best will be made available to the public on DVD.



Concept: Filmmaking teams have 5 days or 120 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film.

Duration of the Short: 3 minutes minimum – not including credits. 6 minutes maximum – including credits. Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds.

Deadlines: The contest will begin with the distribution of elements, rules and regulations at 7pm on 9-4-15 via an email.  You must respond to the email and confirm that you received the elements.

Submitting: Your submission must be submitted online. Please upload your digital file to Youtube.com and provide the link and password by email. This email cannot be sent later than 7pm on 9-8-15.

Showing of films: The showing of the films made for the contest will be 9-12-15 at 7:00pm at Extrava Market which is located at 27 Meadowbrook Lane Lewistown, PA 17044.

The Start: Each team will receive an email containing a preselected line of dialogue, prop, character, and location to be included in the film. These elements must be included in the submitted film. Failure to include any of these elements will render the film ineligible for prizes. Judging will be based on: story, the originality and creativity used in including these elements in the final product, and the film’s overall production value.

Shooting Period: All creativity will take place within the 120 hour period (e.g. scriptwriting, costume/set design, shooting, editing, sound design, etc.). The only work allowed prior to the official start time is: organizing cast & crew, securing equipment, scouting & securing locations, and sourcing music.

Music: Participating groups are encouraged to work with local composers and/or musicians to write and record music for their films. We realize that this may be difficult to achieve in 120 hours. Therefore, it is permissible for a participating group to use prerecorded music with permission (Video Shoot Release Form & Limited Liability Release Form will be included in your registration confirmation email). Prerecorded, public domain sound effects are allowed.

Footage: All footage must be shot within the 5 day time period. No stock footage or footage shot or created prior to that time may be used. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the contest and not before.

Cheating: Any team found to have cheated in any way will be disqualified.

Equipment: Any type of video or film camera may be used. There is no limit to the number of cameras that can be used. Any format for shooting is acceptable (e.g. HD, 35mm, super8, etc.).

Team Roster/Team Release Form: A full team roster with all participants’ names, signatures and email addresses must be attached with the submission email. The Team Release Form is the acceptable and preferred way of fulfilling this requirement.

Finished Short Film: Your film must include the following in standard typeface before the film starts: TEAM NAME TITLE OF FILM FOLLOWED BY TEN SECONDS OF BLACK Please make this text fill most of the screen. White text on black background, please.




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