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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)

Uh oh, lockdown is back! What does this mean for for TAKE48? Well, thanks to this lovely little thing we like to call the internet, there ain’t no stopping us from having the whacky and wild weekend of filmmaking we so very much deserve!

So, much like last year, we will be moving TAKE48 entirely into the online space. This means you’ll be able to create your film, submit it and then enjoy the screening, all without having to get changed out of those baggy sweats that are just SO damn comfy.

Come the dates of the challenge, if you’ve registered with a team but you are no longer able to be with them due to lockdown, don’t sweat it! You’ll have 2 options;

• You can split your team up into smaller teams or work as individuals, or,
• You can transfer your application/s to a friend (please email us and we can do that for you) - but we would argue there is no better way to spend a weekend in lockdown than putting your filmmaking skills to the ultimate test!

Early bird registration

Standard registration - 20th July to 16th August
[$20 for students / $25 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 over $16,500 in prizes up for grabs this year!

A huge thank you to our partners Sony Australia, Maxon, RENTaCAM Sydney, Synco Audio, Final Draft and Digital Pigeon for providing such an amazing line-up of prizes for our winners.

1st Place:
- Sony a7s III camera
- Synco Mic D2
- Synco Wmic T3
- One-year license to Maxon One
- $500 RENTaCAM gear hire voucher
- Final Draft 12 license
- One-year subscription to Digital Pigeon (Professional plan)

2nd Place:
- Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
- Synco Mic D2
- Synco Wmic T3
- $500 RENTaCAM gear hire voucher
- Final Draft 12 license
- One-year subscription to Digital Pigeon (Freelance plan)

3rd Place:
- Synco Mic D1
- $500 RENTaCAM gear hire voucher
- Final Draft 12 license
- One-year subscription to Digital Pigeon (Freelance plan)

Audience Choice Award:
- Sony ZV-1 camera
- Synco Wmic TS
- One-year subscription to Digital Pigeon (Freelance plan)



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