48 Hour Youth Film Challenge

48 Hour Youth Film Challenge

If you missed out on our earlier challenge, there's still one more chance to take part.

Cinema Quinte is hosting a final round of the second annual 48 Hour Youth Film Challenge for high school students on the weekend of July 6-8, 2018. Participants will be issued the challenge and requirements for your film at the contest kick off and 48 hours later your completed films will be submitted.

KICK OFF: Friday, July 6th, 2018@ 4:45 pm
FILM SUBMISSION: Sunday, July 8, 2018@ 5 pm
YOUTH FILM CHALLENGE HEADQUARTERS: Trenton Town Hall 1861, 55 King St., Trenton
TEAMS: Teams can be comprised of up to 4 students 18 years or younger*.

Contest films will be presented during a showcase at the Centre Theatre with top films being awarded prizes donated by the local business community. Winning films will also be featured at the Quinte Canadian FilmFest in September.

Participants are required to supply their own audio/video gear or use smartphones.

“The 2017 48 Hour FilmFest Challenge allowed me and my friends to make one last ‘film’ before we went off on our separate ways. I learned from it, and furthered my passion for film leading up to the beginning months of my first year at Loyalist College.” - Mathew Weeks

“I participated in the QCFF challenge in 2017... The experience was amazing, as I was able to play a role in the creation of something truly wonderful.”  - Paige Marle

The 48Hr Film challenge is an excellent way for young filmmakers to get some experience and challenge themselves creatively to make something brand new and visually interesting in such a short period of time. The 2017 Challenge produced my first real short film and I absolutely loved the experience (and now I have something I can be proud of for my demo reel!) - Christina Fernando



Space is limited. Register your team now to avoid disappointment.


All registrants must sign a release form to participate.
NOTE: All team members must be registered individually and provide a signed release form.
* A parent or guardian must sign if you're under 18.
Download the release form here.


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