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LABI 48hr Film Festival

Join us for the LABI College 48hr Film Festival! Open to all LABI College students, this exciting event is your chance to showcase your creativity and filmmaking skills. The opening festival will take place on April 21st, and all participants must attend the online Zoom meeting to join. This is where we'll launch the required elements and assign groups for the challenge. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to unleash your storytelling talents and collaborate with fellow students!

Film Slate Marker

Sunday, April 21st (7:00 pm)

Kickoff Event, Mandatory for all participants 

All participants MUST view the kickoff event. This will launch the 48-hour event and provide proper guidelines, rules, and elements.

Groups/Solo submissions can be chosen before the event.

Creative Process

All creativity must take place during the Official period. Any creative work done before the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Writing the script

  • Casting (of roles)

  • Rehearsing

  • Costume/Set Design

  • Shooting

  • Editing

  • Sound Design

  • Rendering

  • Outputting to a USB drive or other media



Every frame of your film MUST contain footage shot or created in the Official Time Period. This is "core footage."

"Supporting footage," or footage shot or created BEFORE the Official Time Period (including stock footage that is part of a special effect) may be placed over or under the core footage as long as every frame of your film contains some amount of core footage and the assembling of the core footage with the supporting footage occurs during the Official Time Period.

Animation, titles, and special effects can be considered core footage if they are created during the Official Time Period. 

Still photos are permitted as core footage. They do not need to be created during the Official Time Period.

Kickoff Event

Each participating team must have a representative at the official Kickoff Event of the LABI College: 48 Hour Film Festival.

Prior to the Kickoff event, each group must submit a completed Team Leader's Agreement, signed by its team leader. A team must submit this agreement before participating.

Each group will receive the genre of its film in a random drawing.

Required Elements

Each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film, such as a genre, a character, a prop, and/or a line of dialogue.

The required Character must be seen on-screen, and it must be clear--either directly shown or by context--who the required character is. The Character's name does not have to be said out loud or written on-screen.

The required Prop must be seen on-screen. A picture of the required prop is also allowed.

The required Line of Dialogue must be used verbatim. It may be spoken, sung, and/or written in any language, though if it is unclear that it is the required Line, a translation must be provided.

To qualify as an Official Entry, each group's film must be in the genre it selects and must contain all required elements within the official time limit and before the credits.

Total Running Time

The finished film must be a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 7 minutes—not including end credits. In other words, the official running time begins after the required "LABI College: 48 Hour Film Festival" slates and ends before the end credits. The required slates and the end credits do not count toward the minimum time of 4 minutes. The film story may not be longer than 7 minutes.



Pre-film Required Slates: Before the finished film begins, the media should have...

  • 5 seconds of black

  • 5 seconds title card with: team name, title, genre, and date

  • 5 seconds title card with: "This film was made for the LABI College: 48 Hour Film Festival."

  • The animated bumper (6 seconds).

  • 2 seconds of black

Opening Credits: After the 2 seconds of black, some films start with opening credits. These are not encouraged, but if you use them, opening credits are considered to be part of the film, and therefore count against the seven-minute maximum. Additionally, if your film has opening credits other than simply the film's title (for example, the names of directors, actors, etc.), you must include one of the following:

- The text "YOUR TEAM NAME presents" immediately followed by a LABI College: 48 Hour Film Festival or
- The text "LABI College: 48 Hour Film Festival" immediately following the title of your film

End Credits: Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is considered additional to the length of the film, as stated above. (That is, a film may be 7 minutes long, with an additional 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 8 minutes.)

Bloopers and/or behind the scenes are permitted during or after the end credits adhering to the 60-second maximum length.

The end credits must include the words: "This film was made for the LABI College: 48 Hour Film Festival.

Slates And Credits After The Competition

For any future screenings, online or otherwise, films should retain the pre-film title card that says: "This film was made for the LABI College: 48 Hour Film Festival."

Using AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Your LABI College: 48 Entry

You may use AI (Artificial Intelligence) in the creation of your film, subject to the following guidelines:

  • You may only use AI in ways that are legal in your jurisdiction.

  • You must have the rights to all work including work created with AI. In other words, any AI generated material that uses copyrighted material for which the filmmaker does not have a release is not permitted. (As an example, using a screenshot from the movie Pulp Fiction to create a new image is prohibited.)


Live Premiere Showcase

Date: April 23rd (Time to be announced) 

Camera Gimbal

How to sign up

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