Registration for 48-hour film race now open

TROY, Ala (WDHN) — Young filmmakers can now apply for the inaugural YellowHammer 48-hour Film Race.

The annual YellowHammer Film Festival introduces this new event with Troy University.

Registration for the 48-hour competition ends on Wednesday, March 13, at noon; only 48 teams can participate. There will be two divisions of teams: student and professional. Student teams compete for free, but professional teams will pay a $20 fee. This money goes to a nonprofit YH scholarship fund for upcoming student filmmakers.

A live kickoff event will be held over Zoom at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15. During this meeting, festival leaders will assign four different elements that contestants must include in their film:

  • A Prop

  • One Line of dialogue

  • Character Name

Potential genres are:

  • Horror

  • Action

  • Sci-Fi

  • Western

  • Buddy Cop

  • Comedy

  • Romance

  • Rom-Com

  • Crime

  • Fantasy

  • Thriller

  • Mockumentary

  • Noir

  • Drama

  • Silent

  • Time Travel

Once the kick-off event is over, teams will have until Sunday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. to write, shoot, and submit their films.

Films can only be four minutes or less. The time frame must include the credits and have “Made for YH48HR:2024” at the end. The film will not be accepted or screened if the credits do not include this.

The festival will not accept late submissions; films cannot have stock footage or artificially generated content.

To register for the event, go here!

This competition is reminiscent of the Sidewalk 48-Hour Festival held in Birmingham.

According to Troy University, this idea was born from a desire to keep the festival relevant between its end in winter and submission beginning in the summer.

“It just seemed like a no-brainer to do it in the spring to keep YellowHammer fresh in everyone’s minds before summer,”  YH Festival Co-Director Nathan Hobbs said. “So, we reached out to the folks at Sidewalk 48-Hour Film Festival because we didn’t want to compete against their efforts on the same weekend and we landed on March 15-17 as our weekend.”

The YellowHammer Film Festival, launched in 2020, is a free event for high school and college-age filmmakers to showcase their talents. This is its fourth year.


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