48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE - 2019
Two Short Nights Film Festival returns to Exeter Phoenix this winter, bringing with it the famous 48 Hour Film Challenge. From first-time filmmakers to seasoned professionals, this inspiring (and free!) challenge sees teams from across the region compete to be crowned the Best 48 Hour Film at the annual short film festival.
If you think you and your team could plan, shoot and edit a film in just 48 hours, you can sign up for free. Teams can be any size but must include someone who is over 18.
DEADLINE: WED 30 OCT
2019 FILM COMMISSIONS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
UPDATE - SUN 1 SEP: Submissions for Two Short Nights Film Festival 2019 are now closed. Filmmakers will be notified about their films by late October.
Each year Exeter Phoenix commissions new work from both filmmakers and visual artists as part of our commitment to supporting artists, nurturing great talent and enabling the production of new work.
We are now inviting proposals for our 2019 Short Film and Micro Film Commissions, with over £10,000 worth of support available in artist fees, training and equipment hire.
DEADLINE: 28 FEB 2019
48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE
For the 12th year running Two Short Nights invites filmmakers to take part in this inspiring challenge. No previous film experience is needed, just a good imagination and a camera.
Teams are invited to accept the courageous and enduring task of writing, shooting and editing a 3 minute film in just 48 hours. Teams will be presented with a theme, prop and piece of text before being set free on their missions to win the much coveted 48 Hour Film Award.
DEADLINE: 9 NOV
SOUTH WEST DOCUMENTARY COMMISSION 2019
We are pleased to announce applications are open for an exciting new opportunity for the region’s filmmakers. This year, we’re partnering with Real Stories to offer filmmakers and animators the chance to win £1000 to create a new documentary short film in 2019.
Applications are now invited from filmmakers across the South West. We’re looking for inspiring and creative proposals that demonstrate originality.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their documentary ideas to a panel of experts in front of a live audience at our Two Short Nights Film Festival (28-30 Nov). This winning proposal will win a package of funding and support to turn this short film idea into a reality. The completed documentary will premiere at Two Short Nights Film Festival 2019.
DEADLINE: 12 NOV
INTO FILM: YOUNG PROGRAMMERS DAY
We are partnering with Educational Organisation Into Film to deliver a programming workshop in short film. This half-day session, hosted by Into Film and Exeter Phoenix, will focus on narrowing down a selection of short films to create a programme that will premiere at our Two Short Nights Film Festival in November 2018. We are looking for participants from across Devon aged between 16 – 19.
The session is complete free to attend, but booking is required which you can do via our booking link or calling our box office. Participants will need to bring their own lunch or they can purchase food from the venue café.
SOUTH WEST SHOWCASE
ARE YOU A SOUTH WEST BASED FILMMAKER AGED 16-19?
In collaboration with Into Film, we’re on the look-out for short films made by filmmakers aged 16-19 based in the South West of England. Successful films will be included in a special South West Showcase, which will celebrate exceptional talent from across the region. The hour-long showcase will be toured at film festivals and venues across the region throughout 2019.
2018 FILM COMMISSIONS
OPEN FOR ENTRIES
We are now inviting proposals for our 2018 Short Film and Artist Moving Image, with over £10,000 worth of support available in artist fees, training and equipment hire. There are 5 commissions available across 3 categories: Micro Film, Short Film and Artists Moving Image.
Many of Exeter Phoenix’s previous commission winners have gone on to win awards and gain recognition within the industry, with some developing feature length work, putting Exeter on the map.
REGISTRATION OPEN: 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE
Reckon you can write, shoot and edit a 3 minute film in just 48 Hours? Team registration is now open for this year's 48 Hour Film Challenge.
Find out more and sign up your team here >>
We are now inviting proposals for the South West Animation Commission offering the region’s filmmakers and animators the chance to win a £1000 prize to create a new animated film in 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts in front of a live audience at Two Short Nights.
Find out more and apply here >>
We are delighted to announce six new Exeter Phoenix commissioned films will premiere at Two Short Nights 2017.
Find out more about these projects here >>
Submissions are now open to short films from every genre including animation, documentary, experimental, moving image and music videos.
Find out how to apply here >>
At the end of the festival we officially opened their 2017 commissions, a collection of filmmaker opportunities for the coming year offering over £10,000 worth of support to filmmakers across the South West.
Applicants are invited to submit ideas for films across four categories, and selected applications will be supported in the creation of their films through 2017.
Find out more about our 2017 commissions schemes and apply here >>
2016 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
A huge thank you to everyone who attended Two Short Nights 2016, making it our biggest and best festival to date. Jonas Hawkins, Digital Media Manager said: ‘The festival is all about offering a platform for new and emerging film talent and connecting filmmakers with a cinema audience’.
The £750 South West Animation Short Film Commission for 2017 was awarded to Exeter-based animator Stephen Whittingham, for his project idea Totem, a modern telling of a shamanistic coming of age tale through animation and live action.
BEST SHORT FILM AWARD
Bulgarian filmmaker Toma Waszarow for his film Red Light (Na Červeno)
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
Exeter University Students Timiakindelle-Ajani & Hana Elias for their film The Search Party
BEST 48 HOUR FILM AWARD (FIRST PLACE)
Team Candyland: Little Billy Matches
BEST 48 HOUR FILM AWARD (SECOND PLACE)
Team Klassisk: Dölja Dem Väl
BEST 48 HOUR FILM AWARD (THIRD PLACE)
Team Exeter Indie: Hide Your Fears
Alongside their award, each winner received subscriptions to industry-standard software packages, a week’s worth of kit hire from Exeter Phoenix, a subscription to Little White Lies magazine and free cinema tickets.
REGISTRATION FOR 48HR FILM CHALLENGE NOW OPEN
Can you plan, shoot and edit a film in just 48 hours?
Exeter residents might spot some unusual happenings in the city on the second weekend of November, as hoards of determined and sleep-deprived teams race to make a film from scratch in a single weekend. A test of team skills and creativity against the clock, Exeter’s annual 48 Hour Film Challenge attracts dozens of participating teams every year, from experienced filmmakers to thrill seekers who have never used a camera before.
Laura Pearson travelled from Cardiff to take part in the challenge last year. ‘It’s a lot harder than you think... a film brief is given to you on Friday evening so there is no opportunity to plan what you’re going to do in advance. Definitely one of the best experiences I’ve had, great fun and an amazing sense of achievement’.
Anyone can take part by signing their team up at twoshortnights.com. It is free to take part, teams just need to register before the deadline of Wed 9 Nov. The challenge itself takes place on the weekend of Fri 11 to Sun 13 Nov.
Films successfully made within the 48 hours will have the chance to be premiered at a public screening at Exeter’s Two Short Nights Film Festival in December and are eligible for two festival awards.
One of only a handful of places in the UK to offer such an experience, Exeter’s 48 Hour Film Challenge is run by Exeter Phoenix, and is now entering its 9th year.
AESTHETICA FILM FESTIVAL
Two Short Nights will be attending Aesthetica Film Festival , Meet the Film Festival event on the 4th of November 2016.
Meet the Film Festivals is a prime opportunity for filmmakers to expand their industry contacts and speak with the programmers behind 24 film festivals from local to international festivals. This is a great chance for us to share our vision for Two Short Nights and to and promote our work across established film festivals and emerging cinema platforms. If you are attending please come and meet us.
We will also be attending a networking session on Saturday 5 November at 1.30pm.