The competition will officially start on Friday, April 5th at 9 p.m and end on Sunday, April 7th at 10 p.m. The award ceremony & screening of the films will be on Wednesday April 10th at 7 p.m. in Caver 0001 (NOT CARVER 101).


Teams will promptly receive an email on Friday, April 5th at 9 p.m. The email will include specific prompts that must be included in each film. The prompts will consist of:

A catch-phrase or line that must be incorporated into the film’s dialogue, either verbally or in written form

An object (Note: The object cannot be limited to background scenery. It must be in use or incorporated as a subject of conversation. In both cases, the object must be fully visible at some point during the film)


Completed films are due by 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 7th in the Memorial Union food court area. Please bring a flash drive or an external hard drive with the completed film between 6:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. to an individual from the Film Producers Club. Additionally, teams have until 11:59 p.m. April 7th to upload their films to YouTube and send the link to cyamada@iastate.edu.

Entries that do not make the deadline will be removed from competition.


Rules & Restrictions

Any type, quantity or quality of recording equipment is permissible.

The length of the film must be between a minimum of 4 minutes to a maximum of 15 minutes long. Only this length of time is allowed, any film entry that does not meet these time requirements will be disqualified from judging and not be shown at the screening.

All steps of the creative process must take place during the allotted 48 hours. This includes: writing the script, rehearsal, costume/set-design, shooting and editing.


No stock footage or footage created before the allotted 48 hours is permissible.

All non-original music (diegetic and non-diegetic) must be royalty-free and properly cited in the credits of the film. Pre-recorded original music is permitted.

Any original special effects or computer graphics are permitted, as long as they were created during the allotted 48 hours.
Excessive profanity, nudity, and drugs or alcohol content are prohibited. Videos containing these items will not be shown or judged for the 48 Hour Film Festival on April 10th. The judgment of these restrictions will be at the discretion of the judges.



Films will be assessed by a panel of judges based on cinematography, editing, script, acting and additional elements (music, graphics, etc.).



Prizes are awarded to the top 2 films judged within the competition. More information will be provided soon!



Before the beginning of your film, please include 6-10 seconds of a black slate with white text. Please include the following:

Film Producers Club 48 Hour Film Festival

Name(s) of group members

Title of Film

Following this, please add 2 seconds more of black slate before beginning your film for a total of 8-12 seconds. This time will not be included in the total duration of your film.

Please be sure to credit all contributors to your film and their roles for the selection of secondary awards.

If you want to use the 48 hour logo send Caitlin (cyamada@iastate.edu) an email and she will send you a high quality version.



Royalty free music: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/

Recording equipment available for check-out: https://www.it.iastate.edu/services/laptops



The Film Producers Club has the right to deny any films they see unfit or inappropriate at our sole discretion. These films will not be judged or shown for the Film Festival. Film Producers Club also has the rights to the films and may be shown at future events.