Calling all students: The Bristol Schools 48-Hour Film Challenge is back!

Could you be in with a chance of winning?

Redmaids’ High School is delighted to announce that the Bristol Schools 48-Hour Film Challenge is back this summer and will take place between 24-26 June. 

All Bristol students aged 7-18 are invited to take up this fast-paced and creative challenge and shoot, edit and submit a short original four-minute film with any device or their mobile phones within 48 hours.

The challenge – wholeheartedly embraced by the Bristol school community last year – is now open for registration for students from schools and extra-curricular clubs from across the city. 

 The project is endorsed by IMDb, one of the most popular and authoritative sources for movie, TV, and celebrity content in the world. At the same time, it has also received endorsement via Bristol Film as the UNESCO City of Film, which supports Bristol’s dynamic and diverse film communities. The challenge is hosted by Redmaids’ High School and film education charity, Into Film. 

 In 2021, the panel of judges from the film industry included, among others, Col Needham founder and CEO of IMDb and “Mamma Mia!” screenplay writer Catherine Johnson, who both had such a great time that they have decided to return this year. More industry specialists will be joining the panel and will be announced soon.

The event also includes the option of free pre-challenge workshops in filmmaking, improv acting with some of the best tutors in Bristol, film editing, and unique prizes from some of the finest from the Bristol film industry. This year, Catherine Johnson will be co-hosting a screenplay writing workshop for students aged 14-18 years, and more extra special workshops will be announced soon. 

 The 48-Hour Film Challenge project was initiated by Sarah Bramley-Dymond, Head of IT at Redmaids’ High School. She said: “The Bristol Schools 48-Hour Film Challenge was an inspirational event last year; we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and boundless creativity that over 100 of our challengers gave us.

 “So, we are pleased to be doing it all again! This year we have even more professional support from the dynamic Bristol Film Industry, including the inspirational Catherine Johnson (award-winning Mamma Mia! screenwriter). 

“It is going to be even bigger with an in-person Celebration Event for all our challengers. There will be more fun and mayhem this year and I can’t wait! We are pleased to invite all schools across Bristol again to join us for this year’s amazing Bristol Schools 48-Hour Challenge.” 

Schools are invited to register their challengers by Friday, 17 June 2022. Teams must also have a designated adult to oversee the weekend, and there is a charitable donation fee of £5 per team. The earlier teams register, the more guidance they will have access to, so early registration is encouraged. 

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