Teams Registered for the Fall 2014 50

Registration is open for the fall contest. Click on the Registration link at the top menu to sign up!

  • Yada Yada Films
  • Nocturnal Films
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DATE CHANGE – Fall 50 Nov 7th-9th

Due to ACT’s we are pushing the date to the weekend of Nov 7th-9th. Sorry for the change.

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Premiere Night Interviews Airing on RETN

We’ll be airing all of the films with interviews on RETN Channel 16 starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

They are also located on RETN’s website here.

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Spring 2014 Premiere Night Pics

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Spring 2014 50 Results

Best Overall Film – DISCHARGE – The Action 5

Best Screenplay – CHOOSE – Adapt Films

Best Cinematography – NOT FROM HERE – Reel Life Productions

NETWORK – Tekkid Productions

SPACE ROBOT – Yada Yada Films

REVERSE – The Credits

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Information for Premiere Night – Thursday May 1st at 7:00P.M.

The wait is almost over! All six films from this Spring’s contest will premiere this Thursday at 7P.M. at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema in Downtown Burlington.

If you are on a team that submitted a film, please arrive by 6:15. RETN would like to do red carpet interviews with each team. Please dress comfortably and presentably.

As always, admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults, $2 for students, and free for participating film makers.

Awards will be presented following the films for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Overall Film.

See you there!

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Premiere Night May 1st 7:00pm

We are holding the Premiere Night at the Roxy Theater in Burlington. It will take place Thursday May 1st at 7:00pm. RETN will be doing Red Carpet interviews so filmmakers please come early.
$5 suggested donation for adults $2 for students filmmakers are free.

See you there!

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Finishing up

I hope everyone is being successful in their film making. You can submit your film with entry fee At this paypal form. If for what ever reason you are not able to pay the entry fee please email me your vimeo link at by the end of Monday.

Reminder that you should be able to compress your <10min movie at 720p under the Vimeo 500mb cap. There is no need for a Vimeo plus account if you use their compression guidelines. H.264 and 5k bits/sec

Good luck!

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Spring 2014 Prompt

Prompt for Spring 2014 Fifty Hour Film Contest

Your Genre: Science Fiction

A science fiction film deals with imaginative concepts such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. Science fiction themes can be broadly interpreted, often cutting across other genres, but the method of presentation is entirely up to you.

Example Scifi Films:

  • Star Wars
  • E.T.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Avatar
  • The Matrix
  • District 9
  • Inception
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Terminator
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Back to the Future
  • Star Trek

Your Prop: RETN Animation and/or Logo

This animation must be clearly visible in your film and incorporated into the story in some way. RETN is our partner organization, helping us with advertising and featuring our films on their network. Based out of Burlington, VT, their mission is to make media and technology accessible for all students and lifelong learners to advance education and civic engagement.

One of the following RETN animations will be seen in your film (for example, on a TV screen, computer, phone, or tablet). Top screenplay points will be given to films that incorporate this animation into the story, not just subtly showing it in the background.


1. Robot video:

2. Avalanche video:

3. Newton’s cradle:

These videos are password protected. The password will be sent to the email addresses you used to register your team. Please do not tell anyone this password except those on your team.


Your Character:

Someone who frequently offends others without ever knowing it.

This character in some way has to be shown and acted out in the movie. They don’t have to be central to the plot but they must appear in the film and not just be talked about by the actors.

Your Dialogue:

  • “It’s been an pleasure/honor working/serving with you.”
  • “He/she was the greatest ________ I’ve ever known.”
  • “I can’t even remember the last time I saw one of those.”
  • “…and that was the day that everything changed.”
  • “Is this supposed to be edible?”
  • “Isn’t that what I just said?….. no?…..okay.”
  • “I can’t remember if it was reality or if it was just a dream.”
  • “Can I honestly say that I have no regrets?”
  • “That’s not what my doctor said!”
  • “Does this look like the face of someone who’s kidding?”
  • “Find the right place, and stand firm.”

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


Prompt for the Spring 2014 Fifty Hour Film Contest Printable Version

If you have any problems or questions please email

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The Spring 50 Kicks off today!

Get your registrations in if you haven’t already! Click on the Registration button in the menu above.

The prompt will be posted here @2:30pm

Good luck to all.

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