Write. Shoot. Edit. Roll film!


The fifth annual 48-Hour Film Challenge at Kansas State will kick off on Thursday March 24, 2022 at 5:30 pm in Town Hall at Leadership Studies, back in person for the first time since 2019.

If you’re new to the 48-Hour Film Challenge, the premise is simple: get together a team of 4-6 people (no more than 10), or, if you don’t have a team, register on your own and we’ll match you with one. Attend the (virtual) kick-off event to hear some encouraging words from our judges, listen to the rules, and receive your instructions: a line of dialogue, a setting, and a prop that must be used in each of the cinematic entries.

And then—the clock starts ticking!

Each team has exactly 48 hours to write, cast, shoot, edit, and upload a short film of any genre.

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A week later, we will gather again for a red carpet event, during which we will find out who our expert panel of judges chose as our first and second-place winners. We will also screen all the entries and the audience will select an audience choice award.

This year, inspired by the Beach Museum’s exhibit of work by Kansas-born filmmaker and photographer Gordon Parks, our theme is a quote from Parks: “Kansas—All the Beauty in the World to Work With.” Filmmakers are encouraged to show aspects of Kansas we don’t usually see.

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You can learn about the experiences of previous team members in this video.

Also, check out some of our previous winning entries on the 48-Hour Film Challenge website, where you can also register.

So test your film-making skills. If you have any questions, check out the website, or email me at klkarlin@ksu.edu. And may the best film win!

Katy Karlin, Associate Professor / Coordinator, Film Studies Certificate

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