Cohase 48 Hour Film Slam FAQ Page

Thank you for your interest in the Cohase 48 Hour Film Slam!  This page is designed to answer the most common questions related to the contest.  If your questions are not answered here, please email cohasechamber@gmail.com or call us at (802) 518-0030.  Click on the desired question(s) below to see the answers to each question or scroll down to see all questions/answers.

When/where is the Film Slam this year?

Who is eligible to participate in the Film Slam?

How many people are needed for a team?

What are the requirements for completing my film?

Is there a registration fee for participating?

What are the prizes?

Who does the judging and how are the films judged?

What is the schedule for the filming weekend?

Do I need to supply my own video/computer equipment?

What if my team needs area housing for the weekend?

Any recommendations/warnings for new teams who are participating?

Do I need to have people in my film supply a Release Form?

 

When/where is the Film Slam this year?

The Film Slam will take place starting the evening of Friday, September 8 through the evening of Sunday, September 10.  The public showing of the completed films will be held at the Bradford Academy Building which is located at 172 North Main Street in Bradford, Vermont.

Who is eligible to participate in the Film Slam?

Anyone who is interested in participating can participate!  You do not need to have any experience making films (although that would obviously be helpful!)  There is no age restriction or age minimum.   We have had participants from all age groups and all walks of life participate in past competitions.  All are welcome!

How many people are need for a team?

There is no minimum of maximum number of members for a team.  A team can be comprised of one person or as many team members as needed.  Of course, you may want to think about how the prize money will be disbursed among team members if you win!

What are the requirements for completing my film?

You need to be able to create your film within 48 hours.  This includes all “creative endeavors” related to the film.  All creative endeavors performed in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited.  “Creative endeavors” include but are not limited to writing the script, rehearsing, costume/set design, filming, editing, sound work and rendering the film.  The only work allowed prior to the competition are organizing your crew, organizing your cast, securing needed equipment and scouting/securing possible locations.

The film must be no longer than 7 minutes long with an additional 1 minute allowed for credits.  

At the start of the slam, you will be given the specific items that must be in your film including:

  • A randomly assigned genre your team will select from a a hat at the beginning of the competition
  • A specific line of dialogue
  • A specific prop
  • A local landmark
  • A product from one of our sponsors

Is there a registration fee for participating?

No.  There is no registration fee for teams that which to participate.  However, due to time constraints at the public showing, we can only accommodate up to ten teams.

What are the prizes?

There are four cash prizes.  The First Place team wins $500.  The Second Place team wins $250.  The Third Place team wins $100 and the People’s Choice Winner wins $100.  In addition, other non-cash award certificates are presented for other categories such as “Best Use of Prop,” “Best Use of Location,” etc.

Who does the judging and how are the films judged?

Judging is done by a panel of experts from the filming community and is conducted privately during intermission.  Judges discuss each film collectively and then rate each film on a variety of factors.   The results are then tabulated and the winning films are determined based on that tabulation.  The People’s Choice winner is decided by paper ballot provided to all audience members.  Those votes are also tabulated during intermission and the film with the largest number of votes is the winner of this award. In the unlikely event of a tie, the Executive Director will provide the additional vote need to determine a winner.

What is the schedule for the filming weekend?

The weekend will begin with a free pizza party on Friday held in the conference room at the front of the Bradford Academy Building at 6 PM.  Just before 7 PM, we will move to the auditorium to begin the competition at 7 PM.  Genres will be selected and other film requirements (line of dialogue, prop, etc.) will be announced at this time.  Shortly after this, team will be released to begin their film production.  Completely rendered films must be turned at the registration desk in the Bradford Academy Building no later than 7 PM on Sunday, September 10.  We prefer to have films copied to a thumb drive although CDs are also acceptable.

Do I need to supply my own video/computer equipment?

Teams are responsible for procuring their own video equipment, computer equipment, editing software, etc.  If you do no have equipment, we will do our best to help you locate some for loan or rental.  However, we cannot guaranty that we will be able to locate the needed equipment for you.

What if my team needs area housing for the weekend?

Teams are responsible for procuring any housing to accommodate out-of-town team members but we are happy to help you locate housing if needed.   We have had volunteer hosts house teams in the past.  However, we cannot guaranty that we can find free housing for you.  We are also happy to provide a list of area hotels, motels, B & B’s or other housing options available for a fee.

Any recommendations/warnings for new teams who are participating?

The most important thing is to have fun!  Even if you are not able to complete your film within the designated time and qualify for prizes, we will still be happy to present your film at the public showing.  A few things to be aware of that have tripped teams up in the past:

  • Be sure to allow ample time to render your film.  This can take a long time and the film must be rendered prior to submission at 7 PM on Sunday.
  • Remember that our region has spotty cell phone service!  Be prepared to have an alternate communication with team members if needed!
  • We encourage you to bring as many of your supporters as possible to the Public Showing on Sunday.  This increase your chances to win the Peoples Choice Award and makes for an exciting time for you and your team!
  • Secure commitment from your team members, actors, etc. in advance of the competition, if possible.  Time is of the essence and time spent working to procure last minute actors will take time away from other vital activities.
  • Prepare for a weekend of little sleep and lots of excitement!

Do I need to have people in my film supply a Release Form?

Filmmakers are responsible for providing release forms for anyone seen in their films.   The Cohase Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for any lawsuits or litigation arising from including people in a film without their express written consent.