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- Can you tell me a bit more about the 2 Days Later Short Film Competition?
- Our annual competition is Kent’s biggest horror short film competition that encourages filmmakers to produce a 10 minute horror film in only 48 hours on a micro-budget. At the beginning of July, filmmakers can download the competition brief that describes the guidelines and rules for submitting entries to this year’s competition. Due to films being specifically generated for this competition the brief also outlines certain criteria that ALL submissions have to include.
You then have 48 hours (of your choosing, and even spread out over a period of time) to produce your film. Deadline for all submissions for 2012 will be 5pm, Wednesday, 26th September 2012. We will then show the best 40 films (which is about two thirds of all submitted films) at the Theatre Royal Margate. Competitors compete for film industry prizes at the 2 Days Later Awards presentations held at the end of the screenings. Winning submissions will also receive global website exposure and international promotion to other film festivals and film industry organisations.
- What is the main purpose of the competition?
- The main purpose of the competition is to challenge and excite new filmmakers into making a film maybe for the first time. We’ve had previous filmmakers tell us that without the challenge/deadline they wouldn’t have made any films and we do find that filmmakers return year after year to produce new and better films.
- How did this contest come about?
- Ten years ago we came up with an idea to set up a short film festival that didn’t require the (then) traditional huge amounts of hard work and expense required to get something made. With the ever-decreasing costs of digital equipment, filmmaking became more accessible to novice and emerging filmmakers. We devised a competition brief that required only a total of 48 production hours and encourages filmmakers to work on minimal budgets. The idea is for the competition to act as a stimulus for filmmakers to finally get out of the coffee shops and actually get something in the can! We chose the Horror genre, as it’s a good subject that everyone feels they can access. All you need is a bottle of ketchup!
We made a film entry for the first year, to prove that it could be done in the time allowed. It was filmed on a £400 Panasonic consumer miniDV and edited on Final Cut, and was a homage to Danny Boyle’s film 28 Days Later that was released in the previous year.
We have since set up a sister comic filmmaking competition 2 Days Laughter, in response to our regular filmmakers, who could not wait a whole year to make another film. Many of the horror film entries contained comic elements (some unintentionally) so it was a natural choice to do a comedy competition screening on April Fools Day six months later.
- When do the competition briefs come out for this year’s competition?
- 1st July 2012
- How do I enter the Competition?
- You need to download the brief from here. The competition brief (which has the regulations and entry form at the back) outlines what topics need to be included within your film. The deadline for us to receive film submissions is 5pm, Wednesday, 26th September 2012.
- Is the 2 Days Later Short Film Competition open to filmmakers from other countries outside the UK?
- it’s international and free! Over the years, we have had many global enquiries about the competition and received films in from the USA, Ireland and Switzerland.
- How many entries do you usually get each year?
- In the last couple of years we’ve received around 50-60 films each year, but this is steadily rising.
- I’ve made a short horror film in the past, can I enter this into the competition?
- All films need to be specifically made for this year’s competition and include THREE of the items listed in the brief as well as the film being made in 48 hours total.
- You state in the brief that each film must contain THREE items, is this exactly three items or at least three items?
- We require you to have at least three items listed in the brief to be in your film submission. Some filmmakers do place all items in their film as an extra challenge.
- Why the three items?
- Each year we create a list of items that the filmmakers must choose from, to be included in the film. We feel that this can often stimulate many diverse ideas for films. These item inclusions also create a very good atmosphere amongst the audience at the film screenings when an object is seen or the dialogue is delivered. It is also there so that we know the film has been made specifically for the competition, and is not an existing film. We aim to encourage new filmmaking, and so do not want to merely show existing films, as per usual film festivals.
- Is it ok if the items were pictures or toys of some sort?
- Yes, that’s perfectly acceptable.
- As there is a 48 hour limit on the time spent making the films, how will you ensure this is met?
- There is no mechanism to ensure that the films are made in 48 hours total production time. This rule is included to encourage a "lets just bloody do
it attitude" to filmmaking, without the usual large investments in time and money, traditionally associated with filmmaking.
We rely on the integrity of the filmmakers, as to the time they spend on it, and obviously we do investigate further, any submissions that seem too good to be true! It’s the script and acting that counts, not the production values!
We do find though that the filmmakers do enter into the spirit of the competition and challenge themselves to make the film within 48 hours.
- If I make a film for the competition, what of the "exclusive rights" portion of your conditions section, am I signing over all my rights by entering the competition?
- By submitting a film for the 2 Days Later Short Film Competition you are not signing over all the rights to your film only that we may use all or part of the film for promotional purposes, i.e. we may use a clip from your film next year to promote the 2 Days Later competition, or we might show your film at another screening relating to the competition. You still retain copyright and ownership of your film to promote and screen it as you wish.
- Please can you confirm, is there any rule for 2 Days Later which stops someone from being involved in or making multiple films for the competition?
- Its perfectly fine for you to make/be involved in as many films as you like. Each film is treated on its own merits.
- When is the final deadline for submission?
- Your film entry should arrive at our office by 5pm on the 26th September 2012 either by hand or by post. The post office do a next day before 1pm delivery for about £5.40 if its getting close to the deadline.
- Do you acknowledge the receipt of my film entry?
- We don’t automatically inform you of receipt of your film entry as we’re busy processing all the film entries we’ve received. However if you email us after you send your film then we will email you back an acknowledgement.
- We are students, but none of us are actually studying something even close to media and we are not submitting it as part of our programme of study. So, is our entry a student one?
- Yes you can enter your submission as a student entry
- If a video is submitted as a student entry, is it possible for that video to win both the "best student video" award and the "best video" award (or another award that is not particularly for students)?
- YES, student films can win all categories
- I’m 16 and I will be in sixth form this September, do I complete the "For Student Entries" part of the Enrty Form?
- If you’re the director of the film submission then yes you can fill in the student’s entries part of the form. Do remember though that because you’re
16 your producer does need to be over 18 years old to sign the entry form.
- About the still image, is 1280 x 720 big enough, or does it have to be better quality?
- 1280 x 720 would be ok, of course if you do have a higher resolution image that would be great as we might use you images for promotion and for the A2 prize posters.
- Again with the still image, do we have to make it like a poster (for example putting the title and cast on it) or not?
- We prefer it that you don’t make it like a poster, just keep it as a simple image.
- Would a DVD-RW disc of our film be compatible for the competition requirements?
- Yes, a DVD-RW would be fine (just check it in a normal DVD player just to be sure). If no luck then you might want to consider buying a DVD-R disc.
- Can I submit a .wmv file that is HDV 1280x720, 23.976 fps format?
- Unfortunately .wmv file is usually too compressed to be projected on a large screen. You can output to DV Pal quicktime file format which should fit on a normal DVD-R data dvd. Also DV PAL is 25 fps so naturally we would like your film to also be 25fps. You could always use MPEG streamclip (www.squared5.com) which is a free piece of software that you could use to convert your file to DVD PAL .dv file which we could also use.
- We’re experiencing technical problems outputting our film and might not make the deadline. Will our film still be accepted if its late?
- Contact us BEFORE the deadline and we might be able to incorporate your film. We will advise you what to do and when we would need to receive your submission.
- We have shot in 1080p but would like to deliver in 720p. Do you think this will be high enough res for you guys?
- 720p will be fine, at present the projector at the Theatre is not a HD projector. Besides most of the films we receive at present are standard definition.
- When will I know if I’m in the screening?
- We send out an email to all the filmmakers who’ve entered this year’s competition with the Hallowe’en Screening listings / timings around early-mid October so you’ll know then if your film has been selected to be shown.
- Do you show all the films at the Hallowe’en Screening?
- We do try and show all the films on the big screen but due to an increase in the number of films we receive and the time constraints we have at the theatre, this is becoming extremely difficult to do so. Therefore we now restrict the number of films shown on the big screen to 40 films.
- I was wondering whether the 18 age limit is an official certificate, or one imposed by the competition organisers? I have a teenage son/daughter and would like them to come to the screening. If they had full parental permission would this be possible?
- We can completely understand you wanting to bring your teenage son/daughter to view the screenings but unfortunately due to local authority film censorship regulations that the Theatre Royal adheres to, the film screenings are for over 18s only. If we, or the Theatre allow younger viewers in to watch the screenings, the Theatre could lose its cinema license and we would lose the venue.
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