50 HOUR FILMMAKING CHALLENGE
Make a Film in 50 Hours at World's Largest Filmmaking Challenge!
IFP’s flagship challenge is back! Assemble your crew and get ready to script, shoot, edit and upload a film in just 50 hours. Experience the thrill of creating a film in 50 hours, the tightest and most exuberant deadline you’ll ever experience
Your team Size can be 1 to 20 people. Teams can choose any one category to participate – Professional, Amateur or Mobile. The theme will be revealed at the beginning of 50 hours on Sep 25, 8pm, IST
Over 1.65 Lac filmmakers from over 30 countries participated in our challenge in last 9 years. Be one of them this year and stand a chance to have your work showcased to the best directors and filmmakers in the industry.
50 Hours Begin: 8pm, Sep 17, 2021, Friday 50 Hours End: 10pm, Sep 19, 2021, Sunday
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Mobile category is open for everyone. The films have to be shot on mobile phones only. Mobile cameras should have a minimum resolution of 1080p.
Team Leaders who have made none or less than three films in the past are eligible for the Amateur Category. Any team with 3 or more films should register for Professional category, to avoid facing disqualification.
Team Leaders who have made 3 or more films in the past are eligible. Registering for Professional Category requires submission of the link of team leader’s channel/portfolio indicating respective work. Previous work can include short films, advertisements, portfolio films, feature lengths, brand films and documentaries.
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Raj and DK
- Awards for Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and #5 Film in each category
- Winning films will get a theatrical release in PVR Cinemas.
- The winning films along with top 100 films will be broadcasted on MTV India.
- Winning teams from all categories will get Sennheiser Audio for Video Microphones
- Winning Teams from all categories will win a GoPro Action Camera. (Platinum, Gold, Silver winners from all 3 categories)
- 2 year subscription of Celtx Episodic Production Plan for each winning team.
- Winning teams will get Aputure Professional Lights and Deity Microphones.
- Winners will get a special one-on-one mentoring session with one Jury member.
- Winning films will be screened at the festival during the awards night to thousands of audiences.
Watch the winning films from previous seasons
Participate and get...
- A 3 Month Free access of SkillShare to upgrade your skills.
- Exclusive Online Workshop for participants with an industry expert on the day of beginning of challenge, before 50 hours begin.
- One season pass (All 4 days) for entry to the IFP virtual festival (Oct 22 to 25)
- E-certificate of participation
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Shooting in Covid-19 times
We will be giving across Covid-friendly themes and genres, making sure you can shoot with minimal crew at safe places. Your safety while participating is important and foremost.
With governments allowing shootings and shoots resuming across the country now, we have compiled a checklist that'd make it easy.
- Work with a minimal crew. Assemble a team of only the ones required.
- Allocate remote work in processes such as scripting, pre-production, grading, dubbing, etc. This way you can even collaborate with people from different cities and countries. Apps like Zoom, Google Meet are going to be your new team meetings!
- Do not shoot in crowded places and public transport. Avoid writing scenes that feature such locations.
- Follow basic hygiene guidelines like sanitizing crew and equipments and maintaining social distance.
- Read government guidelines as of August 21, 2020 here
A. Time Period
1. Filmmaking hour for IFP’s 50 Hour Filmmaking Challenge is scheduled to begin from September 25, 8:00 PM IST and end on September 27, 10:00 PM IST.
2. Participants need to submit their film by the upload link provided to the Team Leader via registered e-mail ID and mobile number (SMS).
3. The upload link will be sent as soon as the challenge begins and will be closed at the end of the challenge.
4. Along with uploading the film, the teams are required to sign and submit the Creator's agreement online which shall be sent along with the theme mail.
B. Tasks – Each team has to perform the following tasks in the given period of 50 hour.
3. Location and Art Design
6. Dubbing and Background Music
7. Color Correction and Rendering
8. Compressing below 2 GB
9. Uploading film via the link sent on Team Leader’s registered e-mail ID & mobile number.
C. However, the team can perform the following tasks before the 50 hour period.
1. Organizing Crew
2. Organizing Cast
3. Securing Equipments
4. Scouting/Securing Locations
D. The entire film must be shot within the filmmaking period and the team needs to provide proof of the same as and when needed.
1. Teams cannot use stock footage or footage created earlier.
2. Photographs can be used in a film, only if the team has the rights to use them.
E. Team members will get the theme online on September 25, 8:00 PM IST on IFP’s official social media handles on Facebook & Instagram.
1. The theme of the challenge will be revealed through e-mail as well which will be a more detailed explanation of the theme.
2. Along with the theme, 2 to 4 different genres will also be provided during the launch of the challenge. Teams are free to choose any one genre.
3. All teams are requested to get updates regarding the challenge on IFP’s official social media handles on Facebook & Instagram.
F. All team members must be volunteers.
G. For the Amateur and Professional category, teams have to use a DSLR or professional film camera with at least 1080p video capture. For the Mobile Filmmaking category, a mobile camera with a minimum capture of 1080p should be used and the film should be edited on laptop only. To assure noiseless sound quality, an external microphone should be used. The final rendered films should be submitted in 1080p only.
H. Teams are encouraged to work with local composers and musicians to write and compose music for the films. Teams can use pre-recorded music provided the team has the copyright to the music. If teams are unable to compose or have any original music, they can use copyright-free music in the film. However, if the film demands and the team uses a Copyrighted Track, it can be only used upto maximum 15 seconds along with a compulsory mention to composer and music link in the end credit of the film.
I. The finished film must be a minimum of 4 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 6 minutes in duration—not including end credits.
J. End credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. These 60 seconds are over and above the maximum length of 6 minutes.
1. The teams should use the ‘Opening Slide’ ie. IFP Title Slate provided to the team leaders at the beginning of 50 hour in an email along with the theme. Opening titles are considered to be part of the film, and hence count in the total duration of your film.
A. IFP Title Slate (provided to you at the beginning of the challenge)
B. 1 second of blank
C. 3 seconds of black slate with Film Name
D. Your movie
K. All films, irrespective of language, should have english subtitles. The subtitles must not be added to the film, but provided separately. The subtitles are to be uploaded at the end of 50 hour, in a properly formatted SRT file (Use this tool – aegisub.org or any other free tool to create Subtitles).
L. Each team must submit the signed Creator’s agreement along with uploading the film. The agreement will be sent to the team leader via e-mail at the beginning of the challenge. The film will not be evaluated until the agreement is signed and received. Check out the agreement here.
M. The final video must be uploaded in MP4/MOV/MPEG-4 format. The uploaded video should be in 1080p and strictly below 2 GB. All the file names should be your Creator ID. For instance, if your creator ID is TA2130, your file should be TA2130.mp4 (Film), TA2130.srt (Subtitle), TA2130.pdf (Creator’s Agreement).
N. Teams are ideally expected to keep 48 hours for filmmaking and 2 hours for upload. We understand that some teams face genuine challenges during the upload due to technical issues. For teams who are genuinely unable to upload their films in the 50 hour period due to technical reasons, an extension of 4 hours will be provided. However, to keep the challenge fair, the teams who upload the film past the 50 hour deadline will face the deduction as below from their total jury scores.
A. 0-1 hours - 5%
B. 1-2 hours - 7.5%
C. 2-4 hours - 10%
O. For being eligible for the Project:
1. Films must be the original work of the team and must not infringe third-party’s rights.
2. Must be suitable for publication and not contain obscene or indecent material that hurts a person’s belief or incites violence.
3. Must not contain obscene or pornographic material; must not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity.
4. Must not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity.
5. Must not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and must not contain any copyrighted elements not owned by the team.
6. Films containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by IFP in its sole discretion will be disqualified.
P. Teams are requested to keep the original footage and project files of the films for a period of 3 years after the submission. India Film Project may select to broadcast these films across television and theatre for specific needs and shall require highest quality to achieve so.
Q. India Film Project and Project Parties may, in their sole discretion, disqualify films deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant.
R. India Film Project team may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the filmmaking period, without informing the participants.
Q. I don't wish to go outside to shoot. Can I shoot from home?
A. Absolutely. We will be making sure the theme is one such which does not require you to move outside to shoot.
Q. Most of my teammates are out of town. How do I shoot?
A. Did you know, each year we have multiple teams that are just 2 people? We believe that a good story does not abide need a large team, specially in such times. Have just few friends and colleagues around? Involve them and make a film!
Q. I am not from India. Can I participate?
A. Indeed. IFP is a globally participated challenge and people from all over the world participate each year.
Q. Is there a registration fee?
A. The registration fees for each team is Rs. 3000 for Professional Category, Rs. 2500 Amateur Category and Rs. 1500 Mobile Category. Fees should be paid online to confirm your team participation. You will receive an email with your Creator ID upon confirmation.
Q. Are Special Effects allowed?
A. Yes, you can include special effects. However, no stock footage may be used for this. Inbuilt plugins and effects of software may be used.
Q. What will be the duration of the films?
A. The films are to be made between 4 to 6 minutes. This is because, for a good film produced in this challenge, 4 to 6 minutes is an ideal duration.
Q. Does the maximum length of the film include end credits?
A. No, the end credits are not included in the duration of your film. The end credits can be a maximum of 60 seconds.
Q. Can I modify the film after the challenge?
A. Of course, you can modify the film post the challenge, but keeping the following in the end credits – ‘This film was conceptualized for India Film Project.’
Q. How do I upload my film faster?
A. We would recommend you to render the film at 1080p for faster upload results. Also, keeping the file size below 1 GB would make it faster.
Q. Can I participate in multiple challenges with IFP?
A. Yes, with the same email ID and password, you can participate in other IFP challenges.
Q. What are the films about?
A. IFP provides a theme at the beginning of the 50 hour challenge. Each team selects its Genre separately. The team has to make a film, adhering to the theme and the genre. However, creatively there are no limitations on the filmmaker, but competitional – constraints.
Q. Who watches these films?
A. The films made at IFP are screened at the closing ceremony of the challenge at the festival. The audience consists of Film buffs, participating teams and their family and friends. These films are also showcased on IFP's website and youtube channel. Filmmakers can also share these films across their circle.
Q. What can be the team size?
A. The team can have a minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 20 people. Each team member receives an e-certificate from India Film Project.
Q. Can I modify my team after I have registered?
A. Yes. You can modify your team anytime before Sep 28, 11:59pm. In case you have changes in your team during the 50 hour challenge, the same can be changed before Sep 28, 11:59pm.
Q. What about our film after the Challenge?
A. You can use your film in various ways, only to keep in mind that the film bears the credit “This film was made for India Film Project” in its title and end credits. For more details, read the team leader’s agreement sent to your team leader at the beginning of the 50 Hour Filmmaking Challenge.
Q. Can I sponsor this challenge?
A. Please mail us at [email protected]
Q. Is any footage allowed in the end credits?
A. Yes, but the narration of your story should end before it.
Q. Can I use a stock photo?
A. If you own the rights to the photo, you can use it.
Q. Is animation allowed?
A. No, animation in any form is not allowed in the film.
Q. Can we include a title animation or our company logo in the film?
A. Yes, you can. Provided they are only on screen for less than 10 seconds.
Q. What should be the shooting quality, aspect ratio and sound for the film?
A. The final output should be a MOV or MPEG4 file with a resolution of 1080p. The aspect ratio should be 16:9. The sound has to be stereo.
Q. What language must my film be in? Do I need to add subtitles?
A. Your film can be in any language. Subtitles are compulsory for all films. You can refer to rules for more specific details about subtitles.
Q. I am a participant from out of India. What standard time should we follow for the 50 Hours?
A. The standard time for the challenge will be Indian Standard Time.
Q. I can’t find a team member. Can IFP help?
A. You can download the IFP App from here. IFP app is a free place for you to find relevant people from your city. Each year, hundreds of teams use app to find new talent and collaborate.
Q. I am a filmmaker participating in the mobile category. Can I edit my film on mobile itself?
A. We do not allow films to be edited on mobile
Q. What is the Creator's Agreement?
A. Each team leader has to sign an agreement, which is legally binding. The agreement will help protect your rights as a creator and our rights as a platform. This agreement will be provided to the team leader at the beginning of the challenge through email along with the themel. Any team leader not submitting the same will be disqualified along with the team.
Q. Do I need a 'Location Release' to shoot on public property?
A. No, you need a location release only on a privately held property. But we strongly recommend taking permits wherever necessary in the case of public property.
Q. Where do I upload the film?
A. Link to upload your film will be sent to the team leader at the beginning of the challenge.
Q. Can I use mobile to upload my film?
A. We highly advise you to use a laptop to upload your film. Mobile connections tend to be inconsistent, leading to delays. Use of a high speed broadband is definitely a plus!
Q. How do you judge so many films?
A. Each film, according to its category of participation, is sent to three different pre-juries for evaluation, consisting of two people each. The cumulative score from the pre-juries is used to prepare a list of merit. The top 50 films from each category are sent to the final jury for viewing and ranking.
Q. Is the judging process transparent?
A. Being one of the leading festivals in the continent, we at IFP strive hard to make sure that justice is done to each and every film submitted. To make sure we do not miss out on any films, the IFP team also watches these films simultaneously and raises an issue internally if any flaws or biases are found in the process. We do not entertain any requests for paid awards, neither have in the past and nor will in the future, to keep the spirit of competition alive.