Frantic48 - Full Rules


1: The Frantic48 “Official 48-Hour Time Period”will start on April 3 at 7:00PM, and close on April 5 at 7:00PM.

2: The participating group/team must complete and deliver its film/video work by the closing time, even if the starting packet is received after the start of the “Official 48-Hour Time Period”

2b: Delivery can consist of handing in the materials to the Sergeant-at-Arms at the designated drop-off location or by uploading all materials to the designated server.  All uploads must be finished by the conclusion of the “Official 48-Hour Time Period” to be considered “on time.”

2c: Deliveries that are past the deadline are disqualified from official judging, audience choice, and other awards.  Films delivered past the deadline but before 9pm on the closing day may still be screened at the discretion of the Sergeant-at-Arms and PRIMAA.

2d: Deliveries past 9pm on the closing day will not be screened.

2e: Films can be redelivered any number of times prior to the end of the “Official 48-Hour Time Period.”  The last-received delivery from a team prior to the end of the “Official 48-Hour Time Period” will be considered its official submission.

2f: If a film cannot play due to technical difficulties it will not be considered “delivered.”  TheSergeant-at-Arms will do his/her best to notify a team of technical difficulties but it is the team’s responsibility to ensure its film plays correctly. Correcting a technical difficulty and redelivering a film before the end of the “Official 48-Hour Time Period” is acceptable.

3: All teams must register through PRIMAA’s website and pay the submission fee by the payment deadline.

4: Each participating group will be assigned required story elements that must appear in its film:

  • The required "Line of Dialogue" must be used verbatim. It may be spoken, sung, and/or written.
  • The required "Prop" must be seen on-screen and used as a prop, not set dressing.
  • The “Genre" must be central to the story, but PRIMAA encourages creative interpretation of genre and all story elements.

4b: Satisfaction of these requirements will be at the sole discretion of the judges. Rule interpretation before the competition will be at the sole discretion of the Sergeant-at-Arms.

4c: Contact the Sergeant-at-Arms with any questions.

5: All creative work must take place during the “Official 48-Hour Time Period.” Any creative work in advance of the start of the “Official 48-Hour Time Period” is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Writing the script
  • Rehearsing
  • Specific Costume/Set Design (although these elements can be collected before hand)
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Sound Design & Original Music (although sound effects libraries and stock music can be collected beforehand - see below)
  • Rendering
  • Outputting to tape or other media

5b: All creative work must be done in the Peace Region.

5c: Contact the Sergeant-at-Arms with any questions.

6: The only work that may begin prior to the start of the “Official 48-Hour Time Period” is:

  • Organizing Crew
  • Organizing Cast
  • Securing Equipment
  • Scouting/Securing Locations
  • Inventorying Props and/or other “on hand” items
  • Prepping and testing software, media, and/or workflow

6b: Contact the Sergeant-at-Arms with any questions.

7: All footage must be shot within the “Official 48-Hour Time Period.”

  • No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used.
  • Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the 48 hour time period. (Note: Stock footage as part of a special effect in a third party special effects program is permissible.  For example: lens flares, muzzle flashes, explosions)
  • Still photographs are permitted, provided that the photos have been created during the 48 hour time period.

7b: Contact the Sergeant-at-Arms with any questions.

8: Participating groups may use pre-recorded music; however the music must:

  • Exist in the public domain (both the composition AND the recording), or
  • Be music that has been created for and/or licensed by express permission of the copyright holders to use in this 48-Hour challenge, or
  • Be downloaded, purchased and/or obtained from a royalty-free music service for the purpose of this 48-Hour challenge.

8b: The proof of license and/or use may be requested. Failure to show proof in a reasonable amount of time may be grounds for disqualification.

8c: As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed. Sounds also must be licensed to use.

9: The finished film must be between 2-6 minutes in length including credits and the required title card.

9b: The film MUST have a title card which runs at least 5 seconds with both the Team Name and the assigned "Genre”  It may appear at either the beginning or the end of the film.

10: Delivery materials consist of:

  • Film (ProRes 422 or H.264 codec)
  • Poster Frame (JPG, PNG, or TIFF file, high-resolution preferred)
  • Text version of your credits (.doc, .txt, or .rtf files are fine)
  • 3-5 Behind the Scenes Photos, with any required photo credit named in the file name (JPG, PNG, or TIFF file, high-resolution preferred)

11:  Technical specifications:

  • Films must be encoded using a ProRes 422 or H.264 codec.
  • Films must be formatted for a 16:9 projection.  If a film should be shown in a different aspect ratio, prepare it to use a 16:9 aspect ratio using pillar or letterboxing bars.  Failure to do so may result in a stretched or distorted image.
  • Screenings are set for a stereo sound mix; 5.1 or other surround mixes cannot be decoded.
  • The filename should contain both the TITLE of your film and your TEAM NAME.
  • All physical media deliveries must be readable by both a Mac and a PC.  The exFAT file system is recommended.
  • The Poster Frame (i.e. thumbnail) is to assist the audience during the voting process.  Pick a still frame that best represents the submitted film.  It should be in jpeg, png, or tiff format, have a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a minimum resolution of 900px on the shortest side.  Use the same naming conventions as the film’s file.

12: Films cannot be shown publicly prior to the official screening. Doing so will disqualify the submission. After the screening, each film is the filmmaker's to do with as he or she pleases. PRIMAA retains the right to screen submissions and use other submitted materials in part or in whole in other contexts, for advertising, or at other events.

13: PRIMAA is indemnified from any action regarding a breach of copyright on the part of the participating teams.

14: While PRIMAA does not intend to censor for content or quality, it is at the PRIMAA board’s sole discretion whether a film will or will not be screened as part of the 48-Hour Challenge.

15: All Judges’ Decisions are Final.

16: It is the responsibility of teams to obtain any release forms or permission to film members of the general public, including cast and crew.  Permission to film and subsequently screen any footage containing minors under the age of 18 must be obtained in writing from parents or legal guardians.

17: If you are under 18 years of age a parent must sign the release form in your registration package.

18: Entry fees are non-refundable, however, PRIMAA may choose to issue a refund in extreme circumstances beyond a team's control.

For more details see our Frequently Asked Questions.