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.

Since we are renting this space admission prices will unfortunately have to rise to cover the cost but we will still try to make it reasonable for all.

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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Spring 50 Coming Soon!

The Spring 50 will take place the Weekend of March 21st-23rd. Get your teams ready! Registration is open so feel free to register now.

Teams registered for the Spring 50.

  • The Credits
  • Yada Yada Films
  • Tekkid Productions
  • Ca$h Money
  • Reel Life Productions
  • Manaz’s PDE Students
  • The Action Five
  • Pasta Man Productions
  • Adapt Films

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Spring 50 Hour Film Date March 21st-23rd

The tentative date for the Spring 2014 50 hour Film Contest for New England is Friday March 21st to Sunday March 23rd. Hope it works for everyone.

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Fall 2013 Films Broadcast Television Date Set

As Doug from RETN stated during Premiere Night, all of this year’s films will be shown on T.V. While the red carpet interviews will air with these films at a later date, the films themselves will air sooner: Sunday, December 29th at 8:00pm, with a repeat on New Years Day at 4pm.

RETN can be viewed on channel 16 for those with Comcast or Burlington Telecom in Chittenden Country or Northern Addison County. Otherwise, it can be streamed live at

You can also watch the program that will air right now online:

Check back here periodically to find out when the full program of interviews and films will be broadcast in 2014.

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Premiere Night Pics

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Premiere & Awards Night was a success! Congratulations to all who participated.

Fall 2013 Best Screenplay – The Coordinates by Adapt Films

Fall 2013 Best Cinematography – Fiction by Reel Life Productions

Fall 2013 Best Overall Film – Shell Shocked by The Action Five

The Runners up

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Premiere Night Tonight!

Red Carpet Interviews begin at 6:15. Presentation begins around 7. Please see the email sent out to all addresses given at sign-up for updated information. If you are going to watch the Livestream of the event, a link will be posted to this page approximately 30 minutes before the show. See you tonight!

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