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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Premiere Night Pics

Check them out on facebook here. Please share


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PREMIERE NIGHT!!!!!!!!!! Thursday 5/21 7:00pm

RETN will be doing red carpet interviews before the premiere so film makers please try to get to the theater by 6:30 at the latest. We will start showing films at 7:15.

Suggested Donation: $5 adults $2 students Film makers are always free. Teeshirts will be on sale for $15 a piece.

Fifty Program Spring 2015-2

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Premiere Night – May 21st

Premiere Night will be on May 21st at 7pm once again at the Roxy in downtown Burlington.  We have 8 great films that will be shown.  Hope to see you all there!

$5 Adults $2 students $0 filmmakers Suggested donations at the door.



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Wrapping up

I hope everyone had a productive weekend of film making!  To submit your film click on this link  http://fiftyhourfilm.com/wp/?page_id=276 or the submit tab on the top of the webpage.

You should be able to come under 500 mbs with your final exports no need to buy a plus Vimeo account. You can dropbox me a larger file later for use at the premiere but usually 720p is fine for judging or premiere night.

Check the vimeo compression guidelines https://vimeo.com/help/compression  here if you are having problems.  It has video tutorials for most common software.

If you have financial issues with the entry fee please contact me and we waive fees based on need.

Now get some sleep!



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Spring 2015 50 Hour Prompt


Fifty Hour Film Contest

Spring 2015


Your Genre:    Adaptation Film

An Adaptation Film is based on actual events. Generally, they are based on a person’s life, a famous historical event, or pulled from the headlines of recent events. Since real life has many genres, so do Adaptation films, which means that your film could cut across several genres. However, the styles and methods of presentation are entirely up to you.

Note: It can be risky to portray real people without their permission. Even though you will be adapting a true story, You may want to provide a disclaimer in your film that states that all persons portrayed are fictitious.

Useful Legal Information

This one is about writing, but it can also be applied to film: http://helensedwick.com/how-to-use-real-people-in-your-writing/

Here’s a longer one that pertains to film: http://www.marklitwak.com/self-defense-for-filmmakers.html


Example Adaptation Films:

American Sniper
8 Mile
The Theory of Everything
All the President’s Men
Captain Phillips
Apollo 13
127 Hours
The Wolf of Wall Street
Hotel Rwanda
Schindler’s List
Into the Wild
A Beautiful Mind
In Cold Blood
Remember the Titans
The Walk


Your Prop:

A tool used for measuring the time of day that is not a watch, phone, or wall clock

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:

Your character must be drawn from the real story that you are pulling your adaptation from.  A link to the event should be placed in the description of your film so that we can see the correlation of your character to the story.


Your Dialogue


  • Is it really? (sarcastic)

  • I remember my first run-in with cops.

  • I can still see the detectives licking their chops.

  • I’m not a model,  I don’t see the reason to have a six-pack abs.

  • A person’s a person, no matter how small.

  • How bad is it?

  • Is that supposed to be funny?

  • Free from what?

  • This is not how I wanted the evening to go.

  • Calm down. What’s wrong?

  • I feel like I’ve seen something like this in the news.

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 Version:*  Spring 2015 Prompt

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Today is the day!

Check back here around 2:30 for the prompt to be posted. Good luck to all the teams!

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Teams Registered for the Spring 2015 50

  • Nocturnal Films
  • J-FIST
  • Taco Tuesday
  • Yada Yada Films
  • Strictly Platonic
  • wholemilk Productions
  • The Credits
  • Blind Robin Productions
  • Tuff Gladiator Productions
  • Savvy Production
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Date Conflicts

If your team has date conflicts with the current date please contact me tom@fiftyhourfilm.com. We can try to work something out on an alternate weekend for your group.

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