48 Hour  Film

  • 48 Hour Film Project FAQ

    What is the 48 Hour Film Project?


    It's your chance to stop talking and start filming! The premise? Filmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film. All creativity—writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack—must occur in a 48 hour window beginning Thursday at 12:00pm and ending Saturday at 12:00pm. Okay so let's get a few other questions out of the way.



    48 Hour Film FAQ



    1. How much does it cost?


    $50 per person


    The team registration fee is for the entire team and includes one free ticket to the screenings (which are given to the team leader).

    Additional tickets can be purchased thru the website and Filmfreeway.com


    2. If I have to drop out, can I get a refund?


    Crashlanded will not refund entry Fee


    CrashLanded does not waive entry fees. CrashLanded believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect, CrashLanded does not invite films to be in competition. Only films that are submitted will be considered for competition.


    3. What are the films about?


    Each team selects the genre for its movie in a random drawing 15 minutes before the start of the competition. In addition, teams are given a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that must appear in their film.


    4. Who sees the films?


    The films screen to the Crashlanded audiences and Online. Of course the filmmakers, actors, family and friends are there to enthusiastically support the premiere of the weekend's work. But also supporters of the local film community, and discriminating viewers who want to see something new—something raw and alive—are there to feel the creative energy.


    5. Who are the filmmakers?


    The Crashlanded Film Project is open to all filmmakers, pro and novice alike. Rules state that all team members (crew and cast) must be volunteers. Most teams consist of film and video professionals. And teams have attracted some top talent on both sides of the camera.


    6. Is there a limit to the number of people on a team?


    No. But all Volunteers to the Film Must be Listed in Closing credits for their contribution.


    7. Am I allowed to be on more than one team?


    Yes, you're allowed. We hope you can make the scheduling work out!


    8. How long are the films?


    The films are short; they must be a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 7 minutes long. Short is good. Not only are shorter films tighter and usually more interesting, they are more marketable.


    9. Where and when are they shown?


    Films Will be shown at Crashlanded event. Films will also be shown on the Roku Channel 62 as well as Crashlanded Youtube page. The Highest ranking entries will also be shown at next years Crashlanded.


    10. How is the event advertised?


    The event is advertised by word of mouth, on the web, and via local press. Local filmmakers and organizations are our most vocal supporters and do a great job spreading the word. In each city, the CrashlandedFilm Project has generated considerable interest from local media.


    11. What should I do with my film after the competition?


    Get it out there! Enter it into festivals, play it in public screenings, upload it to websites, get it on television, and show it to anyone you can. Be sure you abide by any restrictions in the Team Leaders's Agreement.


    12. May I show a modified version of my film?


    Yes, presuming that the showing adheres to the Team Leader's Agreement that you signed when entering the Crashlanded Film Project. If it is a modified version of a Crashlanded Film Project film, please include a title card and a mention in the end credits that say:


     The concept for this film developed during the Crashlanded Film Project. [http://crash-landed.com]


    13. Will I win?


    Depends on what you mean by winning. So if winning means getting that grand prize, you've got your work cut out for you. But don't let that discourage you—you can do it!


     14. Will I get rich?


    Probably not. As far as we know, no one has made much money selling a 48 hour CrashlandedFilm Project film....yet.


    15. Who judges the films?


    We gather a group of film and video professionals to serve as our judges. These judges generally have extensive experience within the field. We require these judges to be fair and impartial. Our judges donate their time and talent to rate the films. In addition to determining the winner they also select a number of other awards.


    16. Can I or my organization be a sponsor?


    Of course! Please go to Crash-Landed.com for Sponsorship information


    17. Does the maximum length of the film include credits?


    No. Your film may be 7 minutes long plus 1 minute of credits.


    19. Are credits in the beginning permissible?


    Opening credits are allowed. They do not count against the credit time limit. However, they do count against the 7 minutes of film. Remember, the audience is here to watch, not read.


    20. Are we allowed to have footage under our closing credits?


    Yes, however, the narrative must end before the closing credits begin. So outtakes, Ferris-Bueller-like antics, or bonus scenes are allowed. But if we removed the credits, the movie should still feel complete.


    21. Can I film outside of my city?


    Absolutely! The only requirements are that you have a representative from your team at the Kickoff and that you deliver your film to the Dropoff. Other than that, it's up to you.


    22. Are stock footage and photos allowed?


    Stock film and video footage is prohibited, except as part of a special effects filter. However, if you have the rights to them, then stock photos are permitted. In other words, you may use photos not taken during the Crashlanded time period. Note that photos cannot be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion.


    23. Is animation allowed?


    Yes. However—while you may use still drawings created before the Project—you may not use sequences of drawings created before the Project to create the illusion of motion. Using existing images and 3D objects is permissible, provided that you have full and permanent rights to them. Again, only animation created during the 48 hour period is allowed. And, as with a live action film, you must have all rights to the animation you submit.


    24. What about special effects? What's allowed?


    You may use special effects that involve any of the allowed elements that you have rights to: still photographs, footage shot during the 48 hours, or footage rendered during the 48 hours. You may also use stock footage if it is part of a post-production effect or on a background screen or television and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the 48 hours. Stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed.


    25. May we include our logo that was made before the filmmaking weekend?


    Yes, provided that it begins the film and is shorter than five seconds long. Note that the logo does count against the 7 minute running time of the film.


    26. Should we shoot in HD? Should we shoot in widescreen? Should we use surround sound?


    Unless you are otherwise notified, your film will be shown in Standard Definition in stereo or mono. So you may shoot in HD or use surround sound, but the film will generally not be projected that way. Please make sure that you adhere to the format requirements found on the Crashlanded page.


    27. Do I need to subtitle my film?


    No. However, if the judges cannot understand your film, they are less likely to give it awards.


    28. My file doesn't fit on my flash drive. What do I do?


    It might be that you've got the drive formatted for the wrong file system. Generally drives come formatted with the FAT32 file system, which cannot store files larger than 2GB. If you're on a Mac, format your drive to Mac OS X Extended (Journaled). If you're on a PC, format your drive to NTFS.


    29. Does every team member have to sign the Team Leader's Agreement?


    No, only the team leader needs to sign it. However, everyone who works on the film must sign the Liability Waiver form. See the production documents page for more details.


    30. What's a logline?


    A logline is a very short, catchy summary of the story, usually not longer than one sentence. We ask you to provide a logline for your film on the Wrap Up Form. EXAMPLE: Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl seeks a way home to Kansas, befriending along the way a scarecrow without a brain, a tin woodsman without a heart, and a lion without courage.


    31. Can we submit a emailed release form?


    Yes, if you are working with someone out of town, they can email you the release form? Please include a paper copy of the emailed release form with the rest of your paperwork.


    32. How do we document public domain or royalty-free music and photos?


    Have the person who has the rights to the music or materials sign the release form. In the case of royalty-free materials, this is the person who purchased them. In the case of public domain materials, this could be anyone on the team. Please also include documentation that shows your rights to the music or materials, such as a license, a purchase receipt, or a statement by the author.


    33. Is music or materials from Creative Commons allowed?


    You may use Creative Commons music or materials that are Attribution Only. If the Creative Commons license is either Non-Commercial or Sharealike, it is not compatible with the Crashlanded Film Project's Team Leader's Agreement and therefore cannot be used.


    34. Do I need a Location Release to shoot on public property?


    No, but you may need a permit. We do not require you to prove to us that you received a permit, but you may be stopped from shooting or even fined if you do not have one. Please check with your local film commissioner.


    35. Can I get a copy of my submitted film and/or paperwork?


    Yes, copies of the release forms and/or film may be requested by the team leader—or an individual release form by a team participant. To request a copy, please send a letter with your name, team name, the film name, the year, and a check made out to the Dynamite coventions (to cover our costs). The check should be for $75 if you want just the paperwork, $100 if you want just the film, or $150 if you want both the film and the paperwork. Send these to: Crashlanded: Archive Request 2318 W New Orleans Broken Arrow, OK 74011


    36. Can the required character be heard instead of seen?


    No, we must actually see the required character in some way on the screen. Just being audible off screen - like on the other end of a phone conversation - does not count. Remember, he/she need not be the star of the film, just make an appearance.


    37. Didn't you miss number18?


    Actually wanted to see if you were paying attention. Good catch!

  • 48 Hour Film Project Rules

    General Eligibility


    1. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.
    2. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway), a password-protected streaming URL, or on DVD with NTSC or PAL formatting (please test before sending).
    3. IMPORTANT NOTE: CrashLanded is not responsible for the streaming quality of online screeners. If you choose to submit an online screener and would like to guarantee the quality of your submission, CrashLanded strongly suggests you submit a DVD in addition to your online streaming submission.
    4. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect the Festival will send an email to the submitter’s address on file to follow up. If a response with the correct information is not received within forty-eight (48) hours, the submission may be deemed ineligible.
    5. CrashLanded screens films as digital files during the Festival and does NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file for exhibition, DO NOT SUBMIT your film.
    6. Films must have been completed after January 15, 2018. Films must be available for screening during the CrashLanded Festival, March 16-18, 2018.
    7. Films that have been submitted to CrashLanded in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted, provided they are still eligible according to all of CrashLanded rules.
    8. Films with US distribution (obtained prior to being selected for CrashLanded screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.
    9. Short Films that have played in Oklahoma in a theatrical setting to a public audience prior to January 15,2018 are not eligible to compete at the CrashLanded. This includes Shorts nights, public cast and crew screenings, or other festivals. The ONLY exception is that a short may play as part of a class screening for an accredited university’s film program. We prefer shorts be Oklahoma Premieres.
    10. Short Films that are publicly available online prior to the Festival may be considered for exhibition during the Festival, but will be ineligible for Jury Awards. We prefer shorts not be publicly available online.
    11. Feature Films must be at least a Tulsa premiere. CrashLanded will not screen features in competition that have played at other Tulsa festivals or screened publicly in a theater in Oklahoma  (including a one night only screening in a rented space). We prefer World, North American and US Premieres and all things being equal, will often opt to program the film that has not yet had a release over one that has played several festivals.
    12. Private invite-only screenings (for instance, cast and crew or donor viewings) do not affect a film’s eligibility
    13. CrashLanded reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.


    Originality and Permissions; INDEMNITY


    1. Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to CrashLanded. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.
    2. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in the film, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. CrashLanded expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.


    Additional Information


    1. We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished and will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once a film is entered, we will not update the submission with a more recent cut. That said, because CrashLanded’s focus is solely on story, minor technical changes will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the festival with their most recent version.
    2. Filmmakers who are unsure whether to enter their film into the Narrative Feature Category or one of the genre categories (Dark Matters or Comedy Vanguard) should select the genre category so the film will be watched with that in mind. CrashLanded reserves the right to switch the entry category to fit programming needs and interests and films will not be penalized for the original submission selection.
    3. Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by CrashLanded in connection with the dispute.
    4. You MUST include your physical address either in your entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.
    5. Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN OKLAHOMA (include locations) or made by MIO FILMMAKERS. We have special Out-Of-Competition categories for which your film may be eligible if it is not selected for the competition, and we don’t want to miss your film!


    Selected Films and Winners


    1. CrashLanded has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.
    2. CrashLanded explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by CrashLanded or by its volunteers.
    3. Winners will be announced on March 17, 2018. The judges’ decision is final.
    4. Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.




    DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.

  • Element Assignments

    Character, Prop & Line Requirements


    Required Line


    The required line of dialogue must be heard or seen - it may be written. It may be in a foreign language; however if it is not clear that this is the required line, it should be translated.


    Required Character


    The required character does not have to be the star, but we must actually see him/her on the screen. Name tags, etc. are not necessary so long as the audience can infer who he/she is.


    Required Prop


    The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.


    Adherence to Assignment


    Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.


    Elements in Credits Do Not Count


    The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.




    If You're Going To Be A Successful Filmmaker, You've Got To Have The Right Paperwork!!


    Film Releases are an important part of the filmmaking process. Without all of the releases your brilliant movie could run into legal issues and/or not be screened. We've got all of the forms that you need. Start by reviewing the rules and FAQs.


    Paperwork Deadlines


    The Team Leader Agreement must be brought to the Kickoff Event. The rest are all due at the Dropoff Event, along with your film.


    Plan Ahead


    All creative work must be done during the official filmmaking period; however, you can get some of the tedious paperwork done ahead of time.


    Waiver and Release Forms


    Get your team members to sign releases ahead of time - then you don't have to worry with it during crunch time.

    This helps Protects everyone involved


    Local Musicians


    Some local musicians, bands & composers may be willing to let you use their work in your film because it creates additional exposure for their talents.


    Creative Commons


    You may use music or materials that fall under the Attribution license. This is the only CC lisense that meets the Crashlanded conditions.

    Note: Creative Commons licenses that are either Non-Commercial or Sharealike are NOT compatible with the Crashlanded Team Leader's Agreement and therefore can NOT be used.


    Scout Locations


    You are allowed to scout possible locations in advance. This will also come in handy for creating your storyline. It's easier to write the script when you know what you have available.


    Filming Permits


    The Crashlanded  does not require you obtain permits for filming; however, it's possible your city may require permits for certain locations.

    Hint: Your local film commission is a good resource to learn what is and isn't permitted in your city.

  • Forms




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