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49 Hour Film Festival

49 hour film fest

*Postponed Until Further Notice*

49 Hour April Fools Film Festival

Welcome Participants!

Grab your camera, assemble a crew, and create a short film from start to finish – all in one weekend of filmmaking fun!

We will announce the genre for the film, along with a required prop, line of dialogue and a character name. Your job is to figure out how to incorporate these into your film in a creative way!

Undergraduates, graduate students, and members of the filmmaking community!

March 27, 7 pm: Information about the required elements for the film will be shared on March 27 at 7 pm sharp.

From then, you will have 49 hours to write, shoot and edit your project!

March 29, 8 pm: You must submit a link to your film no later than 8 pm on March 29!  After that, you’re done!  Time to celebrate!  Our illustrious judges will screen the films to select award winners.

April 4, 3 pm: Screening and Awards Ceremony

                                    Sacred Heart University

                                    Martire Building Theater, E145

                                    5481 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825


Prizes and Awards
Yes! There will be awards for excellence, as well as fabulous prizes, including a grab and go wireless mic system, etc!

Film Submission Details:
Please send a file of no more than 2 GB with your finished film via WeTransfer to All files must be received at or before 8 pm sharp on March 29 in order to be considered for the competition!

Please include the following information in the body of your email:
A complete list of cast and crew, including an email address for each participant, as well as the school affiliation and year in school of each member of the cast and crew, if applicable.

Note: There will also be a special prize for best Behind the Scenes photo taken during your shoot. Post on Instagram with the hashtag: #FTMA49H and tag us at FTMASHU for a chance to win!



How much does it cost?
$24 – student rate
$49 – community member rate

Is there a group size limit?
Nope! Feel free to have as many, or as few, as you need to realize your vision!

We finished the movie, really we did! We just didn’t finish exporting until 9 pm on Sunday. Can we still submit?
The deadline for all teams is 8 pm on Sunday, so it is essential that each team budget its time for the editing process – including exports!