BLOODY VALENTINES: HALLOWEEN EDITION! Blue Sunshine's 48 Hour Horror Filmmaking Contest returns - registration now open!

2011-10-29 19:00 by Kier-La Janisse

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Filming: Friday Oct 21, 7pm - Sunday Oct. 23, 7pm
Screening: Saturday, Oct 29th - 7:00pm + 9:00pm (two screenings!)
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Teams get up to THREE FREE SPOTS at the screening of their choice. Beyond that, admission is our regular $8.
As hundreds of DV filmmakers the world over have already learned, making a short film in one weekend can be terrifying. Lack of sleep is just the beginning of your problems when you are trying to corral actors into repeating their performance with more energy at 5 in the morning and you know you have only got another 6 hours to get a final edit of your masterpiece put together. Well, start brewing your coffee now, because Blue Sunshine brings you Bloody Valentines: The 48-hr Horror Filmmaking Contest - Halloween Edition! Filming kicks off Friday Oct. 21st at 7pm when each team is given a package containing a horror subgenre, weapon, prop and line of dialogue, and finished films must be handed in no later than 7pm on Sunday, Oct 23rd! All the films will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 29th at 7pm, and again at 9pm, with jury and audience prizes for best film!
Comme des centaines de réalisateurs DV partout dans le monde ont appris (malgré eux), réaliser un court métrage en une fin de semaine peut être effroyable. Le manque de sommeil n’est que la pointe de l’iceberg de vos problèmes lorsque vous devez mettre en corral  un groupe d’acteurs devant répéter leur performance avec plus d’ardeur à cinq heure du matin, alors que vous savez pertinemment qu’il ne vous reste que six heures pour ficeler le tout au montage.  Tous à vos percolateurs, Blue Sunshine est fier d’inaugurer Bloody Valentines : Le concours ‘‘film d’horreur en 48 heures’’ - édition Halloween!  Le tournage débutera le vendredi 21 octobre à 19:00, lorsque que chaque équipe se verra attribué un paquet contenant un ‘sous-genre’ d’horreur, une arme, des accessoires et quelques lignes de dialogue. Les court-métrages devront être remis au plus tard le dimanche 23 octobre à 19:00. Tous les films seront présentés le lundi 29 octobre à 19:00 et 21:00, devant un jury qui récompensera le meilleur film.

There's not too many rules, the big one is no production is to begin until after 7:00 PM on Friday, Oct 21st, 2011. At the send off, all teams will meet and be randomly given a horror subgenre, prop and line of dialogue that must be used in your film. The point of the challenge is to complete all of the creative process of producing a short film within the 48 hours and hand in your finished film at 7:00PM on Sunday, Oct 23rd, 2011.

Anyone can enter the BLOODY VALENTINES Contest. There are no age restrictions and entry is open to amateurs and professionals alike. No one helping with the film, however, can be paid.

Kick-off and Drop-off Location:
Kick Off: Teams will meet at 6:30pm on Friday, Oct 21st at BLUE SUNSHINE (3660 St-Laurent, 3rd Flr). There, they will register and be given an envelope containing their randomly-assigned horror subgenre, weapon, prop and line of dialogue. At 7:00pm sharp, they will be told to GO! at which point they can rip open their envelopes and get to work on their masterpiece.
Drop Off: Teams will drop off their finished film on a PLAYABLE DVD no later than 7pm on Sunday, Oct 23rd at BLUE SUNSHINE. Your film will be checked in and marked for the time it was handed in.

Film Content:
There are no restrictions to the content of the film except for these 5 basic rules:
1) All films must be under 8 minutes long, including credits.
2) All films must be some sort of horror film within your subgenre.
3) All films must contain the weapon,  line of dialogue and prop that will be assigned on Oct 21st.
4) The films can contain violence or nudity but we cannot allow anything that would be deemed pornography according to local ratings. You may not harm real animals or unwilling people in the making of your video.
5) Films can contain pre-existing music or stock footage if necessary, but this may weigh into the jury process, as they are judging your film partially on originality.

Films that exceed 8 minutes will be disqualified and screened with the late submissions out of competition.

Finished film format:
Completed films must be handed in on a playable DVD. Films must be CLEARLY labelled with your team name and contact person's name and info. The film itself needs to have a title card with the following info at the beginning (which does not count toward the time limit): Team name, Film title, Subgenre and Weapon. (the 'prop' and line of dialogue will be the same for every film) Your DVDs of these films must be handed in by 7pm on Sunday, Oct 23rd to BLUE SUNSHINE - 3660 St-Laurent, 3rd Flr (or left in the mail slot on the main floor/outside of the building)
Missing the Time Limit:
Films handed in to BLUE SUNSHINE after the deadline will still be screened, but will be ineligible for competition and prizes.

Ownership of the finished film
The filmmakers have the rights to the finished videos. However, BLOODY VALENTINES reserves the right to include scenes from videos in future promotional materials.

Help and Further Info
If you have other questions that haven't been answered on this site, please call Kier-La at 438-885-5363 or email (for email please allow 24 hours for a response). We will do everything we can to help everyone out with all aspects of the competition, but if every filmmaker is looking for advice at 6pm on Sunday, Oct 23rd, we're not going to be able to get to all of you before the deadline.....

Jury + Prizes
There will be a Jury Award for Best Film and and Audience Award for Best Film.

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