Make a Film in 48 Hours Compo

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 .