It’s time for IFV’s 49-Hour Fest

Thanks to a timely message (pun intended) from last week, we are reminded that Illini Film & Video is once again organizing the popular 49-Hour Film Festival and seeking hardy parties of student filmmakers to partake. The challenge begins on Friday, November 5, 5 p.m., when all registered teams will receive their prompts and be sent on their merry way to create and hand in their entries by Sunday, November 7, 6 p.m. (Pick-up and drop-off locations will presumably be revealed to the teams at some point this week.) All films successfully completed will be shown on Monday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., in the Illini Union Ballroom.

For those unfamiliar with the challenge, sponsored this year by the Illini Tech Center, the following description from the e-mail blast details how it works:

Each team receives the following to incorporate into their film:

  1. A line of dialog (for example: “Don’t go in there.”)
  2. A type of camera shot (for example: “low angle”)
  3. A type of character (for example: an alien)

Each team’s film will be judged by a panel of judges on the following categories:

  1. Originality/creativity: 20 pts
  2. Use of line of dialogue/camera shot/character: 20 pts
  3. Visual style: 20 pts
  4. Overall film: 40 pts
  5. Total points possible: 100

The film can be five minutes long, plus one minute of credits, for a total of up to six minutes.

The credits can contain music by no other narrative or emotional continuation of the film.


  1. Best Film
  2. Audience Choice

If you haven’t signed up yet, visit and send your information to IFV by12 p.m. on Thursday, November 4. Good luck!

~ Jason Pankoke

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