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Shoot, edit and screen a short film in 48 hours - are you mad?! That is the challenge - are you up for it? We've run this competition now for 9 years and we all, makers and audience alike, LOVE it. You create, we help and Clones stars!

Clones Film Festival 2016, in association with Clones Credit Union Ltd., will once again bring you our annual 48 Hour Short Film Challenge. The challenge invites filmmakers, writers and crew to script, prep, scout locations, cast, rehearse, film, edit and present a finished short film in just 48 hours.

‘I can highly recommend this festival and its slightly bonkers team as the friendliest & most fun film festival in Ireland.’

Peter ‘Magic’ Johnston, 15 Second Film Festival

The Nitty Gritties
Each team will be given a budget of €400 to cover all expenses - petrol, phones, art dept, photocopying, costumes, make-up, catering, etc. Accommodation is not provided but festival organisers will provide assistance with seeking accommodation if necessary. The rest: location permissions, cast, props etc. is up to you. Clones Film Festival will provide a production assistant who will liaise with the teams and act in an advisory capacity.

For a full list of the rules and regulations CLICK HERE any queries contact Seamie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How to take part

Interested production teams are invited to submit a detailed proposal of the film they wish to make (max. 200 words). Films can be any genre - drama, documentary, stop-motion animation, though it must be feasible to shoot in one day with a skeleton crew. Feasibility will be taken into account when proposals are judged.

Films must be at least 3 mins long and no longer than 9 mins. They MUST be completed over the weekend (Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October). Deadline for receipt of the finished films is 12 midday on Sunday 30 October. All filmmakers must be able to attend the 'Francies' award ceremony on the closing night of the festival, Sunday 30 October.

Deadline for entries is September 30th 2016 and entries and proposals must be submitted by e-mail. Submissions will be acknowledged within 24 hours.
Send your proposal, team name and C.V. or credits of your proposed project’s director/producer, camera operator, editor and any other key crew,  contact Seamie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you must call Séamie on +353-86-3545424.