No Fall Contest this year Will be back in the spring

We are not having a fall contest this year. It just becomes too cramped a timeline around the holidays to make a contest possible. The spring contest will be held in late march as usual.

In the mean time please consider making a film for the Freedom and Unity Film Competition.


Tom Preska

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Spring 2016 50 Hour Films

Premiere night photos here: Premiere night Photos

Best Overall Film – Inflection – Strictly Platonic

Best Screenplay – Falling Flat – Nocturnal Films

Best Cinematography – Forgotten – Taco Tuesday

Best Editing – Feel the Urn – The Plebians

Honorable mentions:

The Credits – Catharsis

Tuff Gladiator Productions – Welcome Home

Delta Productions – Code Green

Wonderness Studios – Finding The Rainbow Connection

Great work by everyone involved. Keep an eye out for next year’s contests!

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Spring Premiere Night May 5th -*7:30*

The Spring Premiere is going to start now at *7:30* There are no filmmaker interviews this year so film makers and others should plan to show up at 7:15.

We had to push the start back a half hour due to the premiere of Captain America Civil war at 7pm doing so should allow for a more relaxed start to our premiere.

Suggested donation $5 adults $2 students – Film makers are Free


See you on thursday!

Facebook event link: Please Share and Invite people!

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Films recieved for the Spring 2016 Contest

If your film is too big for vimeo and you don’t have a pro account please email me at we can make alternate arrangements.

Click the submit button on the top right of the menu to submit your film.

Submitted films

  • Taco Tuesday
  • The Plebeians
  • Wonderness Studios
  • Delta Productions
  • Tuff Gladiator Productions
  • Nocturnal Films
  • Strictly Platonic
  • The Credits
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Spring 2016 50 Hour Film Prompt

********* Fifty Hour Film Contest Spring 2016 Prompt *************

Your Genre: Fish Out of Water

In a “Fish Out of Water” film, the main character is thrust into a situation unusual to them or extraordinary in circumstances. The plot tends to be driven by the character’s struggles in dealing with the situation. Although “Fish Out of Water” films tend to fall under the larger genres of drama or comedy, this is not always the case.

Example “Fish Out of Water” Films:

Legally Blonde

Alice in Wonderland

Billy Madison

Stranger Than Fiction

Back to the Future

Shaun of the Dead


The Blind Side

Crocodile Dundee

Meet the Parents


E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Finding Nemo


Your Prop:

A vehicle tire (unattached to the vehicle)

This prop must be clearly seen in your film and incorporated into the story in some way. Top screenplay points will be given to teams that make this prop a part of the story rather than simply showing it in the background.

Your Character: “He/She Who Must Not Be Seen”

This character often plays an important part in the story,  but is either never seen on screen or whose face is never shown. Examples include the Witch in the Blair Witch Project, the Once-ler in The Lorax (book), George Steinbrenner from Seinfeld, and Wilson from Home Improvement.

Your Dialogue

  • I suppose that’s one way of doing it.

  • You’re the only one who has noticed it.

  • Close the door. It’s showtime.

  • This wouldn’t be happening if ___________ was President.

  • It all ends up in the same place.

  • I can’t explain why, but this is really difficult for me.

  • What we have here is an opportunity.

  • I would, but I…uh…just don’t want to.

  • I tried to reason with you. Now, I’m starting to get angry.

  • …And that’s how I ended up in this place… of all places.

You must use at least five of the lines above! This dialogue must be kept in intact sentences, but the order, timing, and usage of these lines is entirely up to your group. These five lines MUST be clearly heard in your final film

Good luck!

 Printable PDF:  Spring2016Prompt

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Prompt being released at 2:15

The prompt is going to be automatically posted here at 2:15pm.

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Teams Registered for the Spring 2016 50

Teams Entered

  • Wonderness Studios
  • Dynamic Duo
  • Delta Productions
  • Taco Tuesday
  • Strictly Platonic
  • Nocturnal Films
  • The Credits
  • Tuff Gladiator Productions
  • The Plebeians (Formerly J-Fist Productions)

Click here to register your team

The prompt will be displayed here on Friday afternoon. Spread the word!

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Spring 2016 Contest the weekend of March 18-20th

The Spring 2016 contest will be held on the weekend of March 18th-20th. Please spread the word!

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Fall Contest not running this year

Unfortunately due to schedules and other constraints we are not going to hold a Fall 50 hour film contest at this time. We will definitely hold a contest this Spring and then reassess the feasibility of a Fall contest for next year.

Thanks for your support and hope to see everyone this spring.

Nick Gordon and Tom Preska

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Spring 50 Hour Film Contest Results

Best Overall Film – Bonnie Not Clyde – Strictly Platonic

Best Cinematography – Heartbreaker – J-Fist

Best Editing – Snowden – Taco Tuesday

Best Screenplay – People of Burlington – The Credits

Honorable mentions:

Team Blind Robin – Engage and Occupy

This film was unintentionally left out of the judging and was not shown on premiere night. Please accept my sincere apology. We will show this film at next fall’s premiere night.

Nocturnal Films -Orecchio

Yada Yada Films – Big Trouble in Not China

Tuff Gladiator Productions – Today

Wholemilk Productions

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