film making Rules


The participating group/team must complete its film/video work in time to deliver it by the deadline on Sunday 7th April. Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition.

Creative Process

All creativity must take place during the official time period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:

· Writing the script

· Rehearsing

· Costume/Set Design

· Shooting

· Editing

· Sound Design

· Rendering

· Outputting to tape or other media


The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is:

· Organising Crew

· Organising Cast

· Securing Equipment

· Scouting/Securing Locations


All footage must be shot within the official time period of the project.

Animation and special effects are permitted but must be created during the Official Time Period.

No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used unless the footage is part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official Time Period. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chromakeyed backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed. Pre-made sequences or compositions that are available to all via purchase or download are permitted if a majority of frames contain content (e.g., text or images) created within the official time period. The pre-made portion of the sequence may not include people or other performers.

Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the official time period; however, stills created outside of the official time period may not be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion. 

Kick off

The challenge will kick off at 7.30pm on Friday 5th April. 


Required Elements

Each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film; a character, a prop and/or a line of dialogue.

· The required Character must be seen on-screen and it must be clear, either directly shown or by context who the required character is.  The Character name does not have to be said out loud or written on-screen.

· The required Prop must be seen on-screen. A picture of the required prop is also allowed.

· 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 required Line, there must be a translation.

· To qualify as an official Entry, each group's film must contain all required elements within the official time limit and prior to the credits.


Animal Safety

Animal safety, like cast and crew safety, is an important part of 48 Hour Filmmaking. Films that result in the death or mutilation of an animal will be disqualified and will be reported to the authorities. 


Any type of video or film camera may be used. There is no limit to the number of cameras. 


Total Running Time

The finished film must be a minimum of 4 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 6 minutes in duration—not including end credits. TCFF reserve the right to shorten any film that exceeds the maximum length for screening purposes.



Opening credits are not encouraged, but if you use them, opening credits are considered to be part of the film, and therefore count against the 6 minute maximum. 

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 above. (That is, a film may be 6 minutes long, with an additional 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 7 minutes.) 

The end credits must include each participants name and their role in making the film. 


Entry costs £5.00 per team and can be purchased here. Each team member will also be required at purchase an entry ticket to Thames Con. Abingdon & Witney College students receive 20% discount.