SCI FI London, the UK’s only dedicated science fiction and fantastic film festival, is launching an unusual filmmaking competition, with American Werewolf director John Landis heading up a judging panel that also includes SFX’s very own Dave Bradley.
The 48 hour Film Challenge will take place 5-7th April 2008. Entrants register as a team online and then attend a briefing on 5 April where they will be given a randomly generated film title, some dialogue and a prop – all of which must be in their five-minute film. They then have two days to write, shoot, edit and complete the film and return it by noon on 7 April.
Prizes include a Canon HD camera, £250 cash, an Archos video player and much more. All the films made will be screened at the festival and then will go online at SCI-FI-LONDON.TV. The winning film will also be screened as part of SCI FI London’s closing night gala ceremony on 4 May.
This year’s SCI FI London festival takes place from 30 April to 4 May and this year’s programme includes the world premier of Chemical Wedding starring Bruce Dickinson and Simon Callow (now there's one to remember in a game of six degrees of separation) and the UK premiers of anime Appleseed Ex Machina and a very interesting sounding low-budget US oddity, Netherbeast Incorporated which is described as “like the Coen Brothers had made Shaun of the Dead”. For more information on the festival, click here .