Run & Gun (Vancouver's 48 hour film competition) is back for round three! Do you have what it takes to to write, shoot and edit a 5 minute short film in under 48 hours?

 With a $1500 minimum growing prize pool, awards for Best Film, Best Student Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience choice, Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Best Directing and Best Sound; this is the ultimate lower mainland indie film competition.  The competition runs April 6th to 8th, films premiere & Awards (AKA ‘The Runnies’) April 15th at The Rio Theatre.

 From run & gun 2016

From run & gun 2016

 

Run N Gun is a Vancouver wide indie film competition where contestants have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film under 5 minutes.  With a $1500 minimum growing prize pool, awards for Best Film, Best Student Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience choice, Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Best Directing and Best Sound; this is the ultimate lower mainland indie film competition.  The competition runs April 6th to 8th, films premiere & Awards (AKA ‘The Runnies’) April 15th at The Rio Theatre.

ELIGIBILTY

  • All entrants must be residents of British Columbia.
  • All films must be shot in British Columbia within the 48 hours of the festival.  
  • Entrants cannot be employees of ‘This is a Spoon Studios’ or staff for the 48 hour contest.

ENTRY FEES ($CAD)

  • Early Bird sign up fee:  (before March 1st) $40
  • Regular entry fee: (before March 16th) $60
  • Late Fee:  (before April 6th at 4:00pm) $80
  • Post Secondary Students: $40
  • Middle & High School Students: Free

48 HOURS

The 2018 Run N Gun Competition starts April 6th at 7:00pm when contestants will be given 3 surprise elements that must be incorporated into their films. The finished films must be delivered April 8th by 7:00pm. Late submissions will not be considered for prizes. Delivery will be done in person at a location TBA.

The following must be done in the 48 hours:

  • Writing the Script
  • Costume/Set Design
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Rendering
  • Output to final video file
  • Delivering final product

The following can be done prior to the 48 hours:

  • Organizing Crew
  • Organizing Cast
  • Sourcing Equipment
  • Location Scouting

3 SURPRISE ELEMENTS

To keep this competition true to the 48 hour format each team will be given three random elements at the start of the 48 hours. These elements could be anything from an object, location, line of spoken dialogue, character etc. The effective use of these elements will be part of the judging process.

MUSIC

Music included in film can be produced before the 48 hour period. By submitting a film you are claiming you have the rights to the music in the film.

RULES

All films must be written, shot and edited in the 48 hours allotted.  In order to insure this, each filmmaker must incorporate the three surprise elements in their films. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. If one of the elements include a prop, the prop must be on screen for a minimum of 5 consecutive seconds.

There will be a MANDATORY DIRECTORS MEETING on Friday April 6th at 6pm that will be live on YouTube where you can ask questions and the secret elements will be revealed. The private link will be given to you after you’ve signed up for the competition.

Late entries will be reviewed and could be shown at the finals but they are ineligible to win prizes.

All genres are allowed and encouraged at the festival.

Finished films must be UNDER 5 MINUTES, that’s including credits.  We want to show as many films as possible so keep it short and sweet. You may not show the completed film publicly prior to the screening on Sunday, April 15, 2018. 

RELEASE

By entering a film in the Run N Gun Competition, you are giving permission for This is a Spoon Studios and VanChan.ca to project your film at the Awards Screening Gala as well as giving permission to posting the videos on the This is a Spoon website and YouTube Channel via unlisted YouTube video.  By entering the contest you are declaring that you have releases for all actors, music, locations, art clearances etc. 

A release form will be required for teams to sign prior to commencement.

TECH SPECS

Final films must be delivered as a high resolution digital file. We would love a ProRes 422 1920x1080 .MOV.  But any MOV, MP4, H.264 or AVI works for us, the higher resolution the better.  Please No 4k.

Films can be delivered to (doitforthespoon@gmail.com) or delivered in person at (location TBD) 7:00pm on Sunday April 8th!

We would love for you to come deliver your films in person so we can interview your team for our BTS video.

DELIVERY CHECKLIST

  • Final film under 5 minutes (including credits)
  • Release submission form
  • Synopsis (under 200 characters)
  • Film Title (please have it appear on-screen as well)
  • Typed out credits as a text file (Word preferred)
  • One (1) behind the scenes clip of the making of (can be shot on a phone)

PREMIERE & AWARDS GALA ("THE RUNNIES")

At the end of the competition all teams are invited to the Rio Theater for an awards gala on August 8th where the films will play and awards will be given for the following categories: Best Film, Best Student Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience choice, Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Best Directing, Best Sound.

Each team that participated gets 2 tickets to the Gala.  Additional tickets can be purchased at the door.

PRIZES

  • Each award winner will receive a official Run & Gun Plaque.
  • The prize pool is a growing prize pool based on the number of entries and sponsors. Prizes will include cash prizes, rental credits, and more.
  • Prizes will be worth more than $1500 in value dependent on amount of participants and sponsors.
  • This competition is not for profit. The more people who enter, the bigger the prizes get.

JURY

A outside panel will select the top films based on quality & entertainment value. This panel will be a panel of at least 5 film savvy industry professionals not related to the contest.  

The jury will rate each film on how well they use their 48 hour elements as well as the following categories: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience Choice, Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Best Directing, Best Sound. All tie breakers go to the film that uses the best of the 48 hour elements. 

LIABILITY

No liability or responsibility is assumed by This is a Spoon Studios or VanChan.ca.  The team will indemnify, defend, hold harmless This is a Spoon Studios Ltd., and VanChan.ca, its employees, sponsors, judges, liabilities and expenses arising out of, or in connection with, and and all claims arising from, or in connection with, my / our submission. The filmmakers shall be solely responsible for taking all necessary steps to established protect and and all copyright associated with their films.