The challenge is to make a short film in only 48 hours! Every year, the winners gain fame and fortune, and even those who epically fail get chocolate. Now, all ye who can hold a video camera: Do your breathing exercises. In May 2013, Uneton48 returns…
The task sounds simple: Make a short film, start to finish, in 48 hours. The reality is far more messy, often spanning the emotional spectrum from hilarity to heartache and back.
Considering all this, it’s fair to say Uneton48 could launch your film career.
Here’s a closer look at how Uneton48 works:
At 6pm on Friday night, 1-2 representatives from each team gather for the competition launch (Kamppi shopping mall, 5th floor). During an hour-long countdown, each team draws a genre for their short film.
After the genre draw, the other obligatory elements are revealed. These usually include a prop, a character and a line of dialogue. All these elements have to appear in all films. This is how we make sure you actually make the film in the given 48 hours.
At the end of the event, we draw genres for teams who can’t make it to the launch. These details are uploaded on our website right after the event.
At precisely 7pm on Friday night, the teams are set free to make their movie. There are exactly 48,5 hours at their disposal (the last half hour allowing a little extra time for the drop-off). The teams can use this time how ever they see fit. There are no rules as to how and where the film has to be made. We only hope for everyone’s sake that it’s all legal.
The finished short film has to be dropped off by 7.30pm on the following Sunday. Finland’s drop-off locations will be set up in partnership with Filmtown video stores. Online drop-off is available to any team further than 50km away from the nearest drop-off point.
All films, including late ones, are screened in movie theatres. In Finland, this usually means Helsinki + 4-5 other cities, according to the number of teams in each area. Depending on the number of teams from Sweden and Estonia, we might arrange local screenings in Stockholm and Tallinn.
These screening are a great opportunity to catch up with other filmmakers and hear their crazy weekend stories. In each screening, we also have the audience scribble down feedback for each film. All feedback slips are displayed on the walls at the Grand Final.
Due to a large number of entries, there two juries. The first one screens all films and shortlists 30-40 of them, of which the next jury chooses the finalists and winners. In 2012, 15 films made it to the finals. In the past years, the jury members have included Dome Karukoski, Johanna Vuoksenmaa, Laura Malmivaara and Aleksi Bardy.
Uneton48 ends with the Grand Final. Slightly different every year, this event brings together filmmakers, musicians and other film-related entities, for celebration and networking. The evening begins with the screening of the finalist films, followed by the prize ceremony.