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THE 48 hour film CHALLENGE

After the rollercoaster that we all faced last year, we are so excited to be bringing back TAKE48! Interstate and international participation through our online portals will remain, so you don't have to be in Sydney to participate!

- TAKE48 2021 will run from 7PM, Friday 3rd September to 7PM, Sunday 5th September (AEST time)

Early bird registration

- 5th July to 19th July
[$15 for students / $20 for regular]

Standard registration
- 20th July to 16th August
[$20 for students / $25 for regular]

Late registration
- 17th August to 29th August
[$25 for students / $30 for regular]

**Please note, the registration fee is charged per person**



TAKE48 is a filmmaking challenge that presents a fun way to test your filmmaking abilities whilst working alongside your friends to battle against the clock over an intense and exciting 48 hours!

The challenge sees participants script, shoot and edit their films all within a 48-hour window. Prior to the start of the challenge, a theme is announced. All films must include the theme in order to qualify for screening and prizes. With only 48 hours to write, shoot and edit, participants are challenged to change the way they think about filmmaking!

The best films are then chosen and curated by the TAKE48 and SUFF teams for screening at the TAKE48 screening session during the Sydney Underground Film Festival!



The TAKE48 Filmmaker's Hub operates with the purpose of encouraging filmmakers to come together in a shared space and work with other like-minded creatives within a fun and safe environment. To aid this process, professional mentors are also made available to help participants with their films.

In 2019 the Hub was held on the beautiful grounds of Sydney College of the Arts, and in 2020 the Hub moved online to remain covid safe!

Screening sessions


Not only will your film have a shot at winning some amazing prizes, but you also have the chance to see it screened at the special TAKE48 screening during the Sydney Underground Film Festival! All submissions are watched by the TAKE48 and SUFF teams, with the best films being chosen and curated to screen.



We have an exciting line-up of prizes for the winners of TAKE48 2021 thanks to our amazing partners.

This year, we have partnered with Sony Australia, Maxon, RENTaCAM Sydney, Synco Audio and Final Draft.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and Audience favourite.

We will be revealing the prizes over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on our socials for those. Once all the prizes have been revealed, we will then announce how they will be allocated to the 4 winners!



In order to qualify for prizes and screening, all films must follow the TAKE48 2021 Terms and Conditions outlined below:
- You must be over 18 years of age to participate
- You may enter as an individual or as a team
- Maximum team size is 10

Films MUST:
- Be submitted by 7pm AEST, Sunday September 5th, 2021
- Include the set theme (Theme announced as challenge begins)
- Have a run-time no longer than 3 minutes (including titles and credits)
- Follow the required file-specifications (further information supplied after registration)
- All participants must adhere to any COVID-19 boundaries and rules set in their location. Failing to do so will results in disqualification

- 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
c) Share their film online if they win a prize



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The TAKE48 2020 mystery item was a marshmallow and the mystery line of dialogue was "Is there something you want to tell me?".

First Place - M Cup
By Roger Stonehouse

Second Place - Moving House for Dummies
By Kerrod Cooper, David Shannon, Kevin Rickert, Danny Kim, Dylan Esguerra, Michael Craft & Laura Scott

Third Place - The Big Sweet
By Joshua Belinfante

Audience Favourite - Sugar Blues
By Constance Barthelemy




The TAKE48 2019 mystery item was a playing card and the mystery line of dialogue was “There’s no way that will fit”.

First Place - The Devil’s Deck
By Seaton Kay-Smith

Second Place - The Queen of Diamond Creek Hospital
By Lynn Lageman, Caroline Sparkes, Oliver Bonenfant and Habib A. Moghimi

Third Place - Detritus
By Max Sadowski and Joshua Cook

Audience Favourite - Council Cleanup
By Kimberly Melville, Katherine Honan, Adam Braun, Bec Brockwell, Peter Andrews, Declan O'Byrne-Inglis and Alisha Melville