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THE 48 hour film CHALLENGE

We are very excited to announce that SUFF will be running an action packed 48-hour film challenge prior to this year’s festival - TAKE48! 

The challenge presents a fun way to test your filmmaking skills,work with your friends while battling the clock as you race against time.

This year, the challenge will run two weeks prior to the festival, beginning Friday, 23rd August, 7pm AEST, and finishing Sunday, 25th August, 7pm AEST.

Take48 registration

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Standard Registration is $15 per person. Student Registration is $10 per person. This includes film submission and participation in the Filmmaker’s Hub (if you chose to do so).

Please register using the form above and we will contact you to issue an invoice.



Prior to the start of the challenge, a theme including a physical item and line of dialogue will be announced. All films must include both the dialogue and mystery item. With only 48 hours to write, shoot and edit, participants are challenged to change the way they think about filmmaking!

Filmmaker’s Hub


To support those who are keen to involve themselves as much as possible within the challenge, we are also offering FREE access to an intensive filmmaker’s hub, hosted by Sydney College of the Arts throughout the 48-hour duration of the challenge. 

The Hub will open up the grounds and facilities of the Sydney College of the Arts in Rozelle to aid you in your filmmaking process, saving you precious time in not having to worry about finding suitable locations to film. Industry professionals will also be available at the hub throughout the duration of the challenge as mentors to help give your film the extra edge. 

At the end of the 48 hour challenge, there will be a wrap party hosted at SCA for all the filmmaker’s hub attendees to celebrate completing the challenge!
- Access to and involvement with the Filmmaker’s Hub requires an additional step in the registration process, so if you want to come along, make sure you also sign up for the Hub during the standard challenge registration process (which can be found further down this page).

- Spaces are limited to 120 and if you do not register for the Hub you will not be allowed access, so get in quick so you don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

- You must have a team size between 2 and 8 to register for the hub, however, individuals may register if they are comfortable being placed into a team of other like-minded individuals who wish to join forces. 

Don’t worry if you can’t make it out though, you don’t need to attend the hub to enter your film.

Screening sessions


Not only will your films have a shot at winning some amazing prizes, but they also have the chance to be screened at the special 48-hour Film Challenge screening session during the main festival! 

- All participants of the Filmmaker’s Hub will have their films screened during the festival.

- The best online submissions will also be selected by the SUFF professional panel to screen at the session. 

Note: Your film will not be considered for prizes or screening if it does not follow all rules outlined below.

Online submissions will be notified prior to the festival if their film is selected to screen

challenge Prizes


There are several fantastic prize packs for the best films! 

Prizes to be announced to stay tuned to see what’s in store!

Registration & Rules


- You must be over 18 years of age to participate.

- You may enter as an individual or as a team.

- Maximum team size is 8.

- Films MUST NOT exceed 3 minutes (Plus maximum 30 seconds credits).

- Films MUST include the set theme item and line of dialogue to qualify for prizes and screening.

- Films MUST be submitted by 7PM Sunday August 25th 2019 to qualify for prizes and screening.
- The filmmaker(s) acknowledge that they have FULL RIGHTS to all items used as part of their film, including, but not limited to: film visuals, audio, music and on-screen talent.

- The filmmaker(s) grant the SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL the rights to

a) Exhibit the film in the festival and any agreed upon festival related screenings.

b) Use any stills from the film for any promotional purposes related to the festival.



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