DOCUMENTS AND RELEASES (posted in Sept 2021)

Sign and Return by Sep 23rd: Terms and Conditions 2021

Download Editable Releases: Talent, Location, Music

Full Filmmaker Packet including Criteria Instructions
Official Entry Form

 

Greetings filmmakers! 

It looks like 2021 will continue many of the challenges of 2020 and we are asking for continued patience, as many of the details of the Fest may need to change according to Covid guidance and requirements of venues etc. 

Two Big Changes!  
There will be an extra week between Turn In and Screenings.
We are returning to the Weinberg Center!

2021 THEME: The Interpretation and Re-Creation of Dreams.

2021 CRITERIA: TBA.

2021 CHALLENGE: TBA

RULES
May be Different from Past Years!

  1. BE SAFE AND CAREFUL. Team Leaders – you are responsible for all members of your team which means you are responsible for all SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN RELATION TO COVID-19.  Take control of your team to ensure the safety of everyone involved including bystanders that may be near, as well as the property you may be shooting in and around.  Parents of Team Leaders under 18 – You are responsible for the actions of every member of the team.  By signing you agree to take responsibility for any issue that may arise.  We recommend making rules for those under 18 or be there for the shoots.
  2. ALL FILMS MUST HAVE HAD ALL CREATIVE CHOICES MADE WITHIN 72 HOURS. Films deemed to have been made partially or in full outside of the 72 hour period may be ineligible for judging and/or screening. Proof must be available for content that was created before the 72 hour period such as music, public domain footage etc.  (This is where releases come in.)  If you are unsure of the content you are using, please contact us and approve things before this becomes an issue.
  3. MAXIMUM RATING R equivalent. This should go without saying of course, but just in case.
  4. Please put “Made in 72 Hours for 72 Film Fest” somewhere in your end credits of your entry in all future screenings.
  5. DO NOT POST YOUR FILM ONLINE PUBLICLY UNTIL AFTER 72 FILM FEST CONCLUDES ONLINE AWARD on OCT 12th 7pmEST.  Feel free to post a TRAILER or TEASER to your movie to get people excited.  If you want to share your movie with your team, post it PRIVATELY and send them the link.  After the award ceremony it’s yours to post anywhere.
  6. DISCORD – Make sure someone is checking the discord.  If needed, we will send out information by @TEAMNAME.  You can also send out questions to our team day or night throughout.  Feel free to chat with each other during your downtimes etc.  If there is a chatboard you’d like to see, ask us to add it.

DELIVERABLES: For 2021!

  1. ALL FILMS MUST HAVE THE 10 SECOND TEAM VIDEO BEFORE THEM. In the past you turned these into us, but this year you will receive a template by Friday evening Sept 24th.  It will be posted in the Discord. Put one frame of black at the beginning of your timeline, Drop the template in and drag to exactly 10 Seconds. Place your 10 Second Team Video in the appropriate box.  Start your film directly after. Add 1 Frame of Black after your film. Do not alter the template any other way. Make sure your team video is not more than 10 Seconds, and is not just your logo.  It is fine to use previous years team videos. If you can’t make one due to time constraints, simply do a photo collage of your team in the box.
  2. FILMS MUST BE IN AN ACCEPTABLE FORMAT. Accepted Format for screening is  H.264 1080p Files preferred.  From Eventive: “We recommend you upload an H.264 video file encoded at 10Mbps. If possible, select “High Profile” H.264 setting instead of “Main Profile” when you export your video.”  Nothing less than 720p.  4K accepted but must be accompanied with 1080p file.
  3. PROVIDE AT LEAST ONE STILL IMAGE AND OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM WITH YOUR FILM. 
  4. ALL RELEASES MUST BE TURNED IN WITH YOUR FILM. All location, talent, and music releases must be turned in with your film. Failure to provide releases may result in your film not being judged and/or screened. Don’t sweat though- we will accept these up until Sept 27h at 9pmEST.
  5. OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM MUST BE TURNED IN with entry.  


HOW TO TURN IN:

  1. Films must be turned in Sept 26th ONLINE anytime before 9pm EST.  We accept GOOGLE DRIVE, DROPBOX and other cloud storage links.  Put your film with 10 second video before, your still image(s), Official Entry Form and any releases into a folder.  Then on Google, click GET SHAREABLE LINK on the folder.  Or on DROPBOX select COPY DROPBOX LINK on the folder itself.  Message the link to us on Discord or Email the link to staff@72fest.com. We must be able to download the link in its entirety by 9pmEST.  We will update the Discord as we receive and verify. Failure to provide us a fully downloadable link by 9pmEST will constitute a late entry.
  2. Revised films and Late Films for screenings may be turned in by 9pm EST WEDNESDAY Sept 29th.  Only the original films received on time will be viewed by the judges. Revisions received after Sep 29th 9pmEST will not be accepted.

QUESTIONS? Message in Discord, or Text/Call: (240) 397-9696

 

INFO AND ADVICE FOR TEAMS IN 2021

Scroll all the way down for more Detailed Version 

THINGS YOU CAN DO BEFORE THE FEST:

  • Add Staff at 72Fest.com to your email address book.
  • Assemble and Secure Crew/Cast/Locations/Equipment.
  • Encourage everyone on your team to get vaccinated well before the shoot.
  • Develop a Safety Plan for Covid-19 (masks/distancing/sanitizer/food prep etc)
  • Make your 10 Second Team Video ahead of time. (See FAQ)
  • Sign up for Instagram (you will need one to post Behind the Scenes) and follow @72FilmFest
  • Sign up for Discord (at least Team Leader will need one, keep eye out for Discord invite.  We want a good community so invite who you want but don’t post it publicly.)
  • Sign Terms and Conditions Need this before Launch – Download Editable Version and SIGN it.
  • Download Releases – Download Editable Talent, Location, Music
  • Sign up for Eventive and Test your Device Compatibility to Watch the Virtual Festival.

TIPS/ADVICE for 72 FILM FEST

Thursday Night-  Attend the Launch Party to receive Criteria. Brainstorm/Write.
Friday – Finalize cast and assemble locations/costumes/props and START SHOOTING.
Saturday – Continue to Shoot, START TO EDIT if you haven’t already.  If you have a separate editor- have them send out shots/pickups needed to smooth out the cut.
Sunday – Finish the edit cutting down to maximum length if necessary and throwing in any final pickup shots, music, fix any audio issues, and color.
Sunday Evening – Export and upload.  Keep in mind that DropBox and Google Drive can sometimes take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on your connection. We must be able to download it by the turn-in time.

DOCUMENTS AND RELEASES

  • Sign and Return by Oct 1st: Terms and Conditions 2021 (to be published Sep 2021)
  • Download Editable Releases: 2021

Full Filmmaker Packet including Official Entry Form (Given at Launch).
Criteria Instructions (Given at Launch).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

Due to the nature of 2021, all information is subject to change as we approach the Fest.

NEW FOR 2021

WHAT, WHERE, WHEN? (UPDATED)

72 Film Fest is a film competition where teams have 72 hours to make a film: write, shoot, edit and turn in a finished film within 72 Hours. Teams are expected to make all creative choices within those 72 hours.

The Launch Party will be online and possiblyin person Sep 23rd 2020 from 7:00 – 9pm EST.  Teams will get their criteria to be included in their films at the Launch Party.

Teams will make their films sep 23 9pm EST to Sep 26 9pm EST.  Turn in will be online this year.

The Fest will be at Weinberg Center Oct 8-9 and Virtual starting Oct 10th at Eventive.

WHY A HYBRID? WHY NOT SIMULTANEOUSLY Online/Physical LIVE?

We want to preserve the awesomeness of the theater experience at the Weinberg Center while also allowing non-local folks and anyone else a chance to view everything online.  Due to the changing nature of this pandemic, it seemed like the best possible option.  The Virtual Screenings will be similar to last year, with a chat component so it will be a great way for to watch it for the first time but also fun for those to treat it as an encore screening.

WHAT ARE THE COVID PROTOCOLS AT LAUNCH AND FEST?

Spinners Pinball Arcade requires masks.
Weinberg Center’s current policy is Vaccination Proof or negative covid test required and Masks required in building.

GENERAL FAQ

WHAT IS 72 FILM FEST?

A Time Based Competition where filmmaking teams have only 72 hours to write/direct/edit and score a short film based on specific criteria given out to each team. Perfect time to step up and make a movie!

SO WHAT IS THIS CONTEST EXACTLY? (CHANGED FOR 2021)

On a Thursday night in September (23) Filmmakers from around the region will collect at the VIRTUAL LAUNCH PARTY and await the hosts MIKAEL JOHNSON and DOUG POWELL to take the stage and begin giving out criteria.  Teams will then have 72 hours to write/shoot/edit a short film based around that Criteria. Teams are instructed to share behind the scenes photos on Instagram, so everyone can follow along throughout the weekend. Once the films are turned in Sunday Night they are judged and the following weekend all of them Premiere on Friday Night.

FILMMAKER GENERAL FAQ:

DO I HAVE TO BE FROM MARYLAND TO PARTICIPATE?

No. Anyone from around the US can participate. And since the whole thing can be viewed virtual this year, you will be able to experience it all.

CAN I JUST WAIT UNTIL THE LAUNCH PARTY TO REGISTER?

Registration will most likely end a week or two before Launch this year, depending on how many teams register.  Don’t wait to the last minute.

WHERE DO I TURN IN THE MOVIES?

Films must be turned in between 7-9 pm Sunday, Sept 26th,ONLINE. We take a GOOGLE DRIVE or DROPBOX link. Simply right clip and “get shareable link” and send us that.  Do not add us to your Dropbox.  We must be able to download the link in it’s entirety by 9pm EST so make sure you allow ample time for uploading. Dropbox and Google may take from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on your connect and file size.

WHAT IF I'M LATE? DO YOU ACCEPT SCREENING COPIES?

We will accept late entries/screening copies online until Monday Night (Oct 5th) at 9pmEST. NOTE: Any film that is late, or has a screening copy turned in is ineligible for Juried awards. For 2020 late entries will however be eligible for Audience Choice.

WHO ARE YOUR JUDGES? HOW DOES IT WORK?

The full jury will be posted as we get closer to the Fest. We have judges that have worked in various parts of the industry both in front and behind camera. They judge various aspects of each film including the ones we recognize with awards (writing, cinematography, editing, acting etc…) as well as overall quality of the film both storytelling and technical.

WHAT AWARDS/PRIZES ARE YOU GIVING OUT THIS YEAR? (CHANGED FOR 2020)

Awards and Prizes are developing. Check the front page for more details.

HOW ARE YOU ANY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CONTESTS LIKE THIS?

Everything showing under one roof at the same time is one.  Or in the case of Virtual 2020 one gigantic block on Friday Night. But also our criteria is specific to the team. No two filmmakers have the same criteria. Past years we’ve given “Opposites”, two Hollywood movies to mash-up, a Science term to draw inspiration, a “fairy tale”, a polaroids, first lines of novels, and even international proverbs like “The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”

I DON’T HAVE A TEAM BUT I REALLY WANT TO BE INVOLVED.

Normally we would help you find a team, however 2020-2021 poses a unique challenge for folks wanting to join a team due to Covid 19.  While we will have places where you can potentially connect to others (FaceBook/Instagram/Discord) please recognize that folks may be reticent to bring strangers onto their crew.

I’M UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, SO CAN I STILL COMPETE?

Of course you can. All we ask is that you bring a legal guardian with you on the night of the Launch Party to sign the waiver forms on your behalf. Make sure your parents know that movies can range the gamut from G to R. The parent or guardian must be willing to take responsibility for your team in the same way a Team Leader would including Covid Guidelines/Requirements!

DOES MY TEAM GET A TICKET TO THE VIRTUAL FEST?

Teams can choose either 2 tickets to the physical screenings at Weinberg Center or 1 Pass to Online.

FILMMAKER TECHNICAL FAQ:

HOW LONG CAN MY MOVIE BE? DO CREDITS COUNT TOWARDS LENGTH?

Credits do count to your total length. Your maximum time will be assigned at the Launch Party or posted online with your criteria. Please include 1 frame of black before/after your credits/film.

WHAT IS THE 10 SECOND TEAM VIDEO?

We ask teams to make a 10 Second Team Video where teams can announce who they are before the Fest. There are no rules except do not just put a 10 second logo and DO NOT USE COPYRIGHT MUSIC.  For examples please go to WATCH PAST ENTRIES, and view some of the more recent years.

For 2021, we will be asking you to put your Team Video before your entry, rather than turn it in to us.  We will provide a template on Friday Sept 24th and you’ll add 10 Seconds to the beginning of your film.  If you cannot make a team video this year, no worries, simply place a picture or collage of your team in the box. Full instructions will be available at Launch.

WHAT FORMS OF MEDIA DO YOU ACCEPT THE ENTRY ON?

Video: 1080p Preferred File with H.264 @ 1080p / 10Mbp.
Audio Channels: two-channel stereo with Matrix embedded surround (Pro Logic or similar)
Subtitle/Captions: .srt or .vtt files 4K Not accepted in 2020.

2021 will require teams to fully upload entry and forms via Dropbox or Google Drive.  Once uploaded Click “Get Shareable Link” on the DropBox folder or “click Share then Copy Link” on a Google Drive Folder and email us that link.  Do not “share” the folder with us.

WHAT FORMS OF MEDIA DO YOU ACCEPT THE ENTRY ON?

HD H264 Quicktime Mov or MP4 with AAC sound (not PCM). 1080p Preferred File with a maximum bitrate of 10-20.
4K Not accepted in 2020.
2021 will require teams to fully upload entry and forms via Dropbox or Google Drive.  Once uploaded Click “Get Shareable Link” on the DropBox folder or “click Share then Copy Link” on a Google Drive Folder and email us that link.  Do not “share” the folder with us.

WHAT IS THE RULE ON COPYRIGHT MUSIC?

Like every year we need you to have rights to your image and music. We understand not all of you are able to create music for your films, but you can team up with a local musician. There is also enough in the public domain to score your film, or you can use some Creative Commons licenses, or negotiate/purchase rights from content owners.  Submit the proper releases with your film or if purchased/Creative Commons – print out the license. Using copyrighted music may prevent you from being screened or judged including in future screenings. NOTE: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE RIGHTS TO YOUR MUSIC AS ONLINE STREAMING SITES MAY FLAG/MUTE YOUR AUDIO. Even properly attained rights will sometimes flag the online systems so we recommend you test it on YouTube with an unlisted/private link before submitting your film.

CAN I USE SPECIAL EFFECTS or STOCK FOOTAGE?

Sure. We ask that all creative elements (other than music) are created within the 72 hour period. It’s possible to use various filters and editing tricks to get some canned VFX into your movie but no filming should be done outside of the weekend. Stock Footage, like public domain music, is acceptable if all rights are attained and creative decisions are made within the 72 hours of the contest and the footage is used to accent your film and isn’t the main creative push.

DO I NEED A LOCATION RELEASE FOR EVERYTHING INCLUDING PUBLIC PROPERTY?

You need a location release for every private property you shoot on.  We do not need releases for public property but you may need a permit to shoot there. You are not required to turn in proof of a permit.

DO I REALLY HAVE TO SHOOT EVERYTHING WITHIN 72 HOURS?

Yes. Don’t sell yourself short, or try to game the system by cheating. Your reputation will be forever tarnished and “you’ll never work in this town again”, said some producer somewhere, but that’s pretty much how it works here too. Teams like to police each other, and if they catch you doing something, you’ll be the wrong kinda talk around the Fest.

DO I KEEP ALL THE RIGHTS TO MY FILM?

Of Course. The film remains your own and after the 72 Film Fest screenings you can do whatever you want with it. We reserve the right to screen the version turned in at 72 Film Fest events, for promotional purposes and use it in our DVD and online compilations. Our agreement is above so you and your lawyer (or cousin that claims to be one because he’s seen almost every episode of Night Court) can go over it.  NOTE: The screening period of 72 Film Fest may have expanded this year.  Do not upload until that period is over.

THE SCREENINGS FAQ

WHERE IS THIS THING?

Launch Party and Festival will be online this year. Links will be pushed out when we get closer to the Fest but will be available on 72Fest.com and 72FilmFest.com.

Virtual Fest will be here: https://72filmfest.eventive.org

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON WHAT NIGHT AGAIN? (Changed for 2021)

All of the entries premiere at Weinberg Center on Friday Night in one long block and Finalists will be announced there.
Saturday Night at Weinberg will house all of the Finalists and Award Winners.

Starting Sunday all films will screen begin screening online for a few days to give everyone a chance to see everything.

 

https://72filmfest.eventive.org

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE VIRTUAL EVENT?

Get Tickets Here.

The WILDPASS ($18) is your best deal as it gets you unlimited access to Friday Night Premieres Livestream ($13) and all of the On Demand Blocks ($5-10 each).

I WANT SOME MERCH. CAN I HAVE SOME MERCH ALREADY?

We’ll have merch this year at the Weinberg.

I WANT TO SUPPORT YOU FOLKS AT 72.

That’s awesome.  One way you can is to buy an extra ticket. That’ll help us and the Weinberg Center.
You can also donate a prize to one of the winners.  Contact us if you have prize ideas.
Share our posts and spread the love out into the internet.
Or if you want to donate, let us know and we’ll refer you to our fiscal sponsor.

WHO ARE YOU FOLKS?

72 Fest is made up of filmmakers and writers, some have even participated in previous 72 Film Fests and came on board after they retired their team. Formed in 2006, 72 Fest has the mission “To provide an outlet for the creative community by hosting challenges in the fields of filmmaking, stage, writing, and other arts.”

Team NameStateLevelNumber of Years (including this one)Team Bio
Powers EntertainmentCAP1One actor. Two engineers. Together, we’re making a movie in 72 hours.
Crowded ElevatorILP11A cross-country collective of people who can’t wait to cram themselves into an elevator car together, again. Hopefully everyone has showered beforehand.
Skybox MediaMDP5We are here to chew bubble gum and make films...and we're all out of bubble gum.
Ravenlost PicturesMDP15Three little birds, sitting on a branch. Making some movies on our uncle’s ranch.
ComatoastMDP4This is my jam!
Stepdad ProductionsFLP13The fest! Reeling from the unexpectedly early filming dates, our intrepid heroes STEPDAD PRODUCTIONS head to the Gargabloch system for more intense training. But the dark lord CLARK KLINE inches ever closer, desperately vying for their destruction, and the decimation of the galaxy....
Skinhunger ProductionsMDA3This fest gives us an excuse to not work for three days.
Cinema CriminalsCTA2By & for the creative outcasts
One Way ProductionsMDA5ONE WAY Productions is a small team dedicated to making the best videos with the least amount of resources. Why? Because our real jobs just aren't as fun as this. From writing the script to creating the final product, we're in search of a way to ride our dark/slapstick humor out of the realm of everyday paper-pushing and into the world of creativity.
STRANDEADMDA4For STRANDEAD, making a film in 72 hours is like trying to express a complex emotion in a language you don't understand. Je t'aime tellement? Mina Rakastan Sinua? Kocham Cie? Who the hell knows?....STRANDEAD certainly does not.
UnimentalWVP10Unimental has been a fixture of the Fest, in some form or another, since the Fest's inception.
SRK VideoMDA7It truly is a magical day! We live our lives a quarter-mile at a time. Some people always be tryin' to ice skate uphill, but only through the elimination of violence can we achieve world peace. Keep your stupid comments in your pocket.
Lasting Light MediaMDP4A team of Maryland filmmakers out on a mission to stand out among the ever growing crowd.
Aging Eagles ProductionsMDA3Two middle aged guys make movies that entertain us and hopefully you too.
The Storyteller's NookMDS2As individuals, we are all skilled in one or more of the creative arts. You would think that together we would be a film making machine but instead we all share one braincell and a caffeine addiction. I dont know how we have made it this far but hey, we are having a lot of fun trying!
The 2nd to Last BrownieMDA22T2LB sounds so much better than T2TLB
The Salt IncidentMDS2Childhood friends who are still making movies together. Our Kino-Eye could use a contact lens.
Dead Filmmakers SocietyMDA2Once again, resurrecting our childhood dreams of making movies…
Turner BombsDCA1A guy with an iPhone.
Star Wipe FilmsMDP5Star Wipe Films is an accomplished, close-knit team, producing high-quality and engaging films.
Wolfhouse MediaMDA3Two brothers, our friends, our homies. Just here to melt faces.
Peacock TalesMDA5New name, same amateur status.
Bright Boy AlertMDA14Animation. Plagued.
West End MediaWVA2Liz and her biological cat, Xena Warrior Princess, tell hair raising tails of the West End of town
Montressor MediaMDA5From 2 guys in a basement to a community of film makers. Montressor seeks to make it possible for everyone to tell their story.
Screenburn ProductionsMDA4Screenburn is an independent production company based in Harford County, MD. For the past 7 years, we've honed our craft into telling rich narrative stories about everyday people encumbered with oddball problems.
Dishwasher SafeVAP4A group of friends who met in college got together one day and said, "Let's check out this festival," and here we are, now competing in our 5th year as team Dishwasher Safe (fka Visually Wired). Looking forward to getting back together; hopefully, this time without masks and a slightly larger crew.
Cerko SistersMDS3Two thrill seeking females just looking to groove.
Pecos Bill and the WranglersMDP14A group of people that work together to accomplish a singular goal within a restrictive time frame.
Pork VolcanoMDA1Cooking up films, one frame at a time.
SHRUG ProductionsMDP6We are a group of improvisers and filmmakers who all met at a film camp. Somehow, a decade later, we still like each other.
IC Movie MouthMDS3Movie makers who don’t know how to make movies…
Fleshbox ProductionsMDA1Biologically a team. Just 3 assholes who love making movies.
Sedated SpacesNJA1Quality Content Since 1955
Noticeable GrainMDA7Go with the Grain.
Black Fox PicturesMDAWe only play the first track off the Led Zeppelin 4 album.
Doodle DameMDS2A sentient red squirrel who wandered into town looking for a place to hide my walnuts, and draw cartoons.
Iceberg ProductionsMDS1 A small team located in Brunswick MD
Goodnight Narwhal ProductionsMDA1Created to deal with the outstanding growth of Montressor Media, Goodnight Narwhal Productions is a new team with 4 years running experience with 72fest and a bright future ahead.
Zenith FluxMDA1Zenith Flux Films is lead by Raven Jackson of Frederick MD. The team strives to make work driven by the power of enticing visuals, dynamic performances, and allowing people to express their truths through film.
Carpet Wall ProductionsMDA6Still making movies way after the bell
The Mount Vernon Film CrewGAS1We are a group of high school students attending Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA; we are excited to compete in this year's 72 Hour Film Fest!
RadomMDA1I’m a one man show. I write it, shoot it, act in it, score it & edit it. I made my first short back in 2008 and instantly became addicted. With over 20 shorts in my lot, I continue to hone my craft with each project. Each film feels like the first time. Godspeed-
Doggy ClubMDA1We have been talking about making a film for 5 years, so making it in 72 hours makes the most sense
3iCreateFLA3Creators coming together to create
It's Always Sunny in FrederickMDA1Maryland has pride in their crabs, we have pride in our films.
Lemonhead ProductionsMDS1When life gives you lemons, you make a film in 72 hours.
Castwave StudiosMDP1Film.Lovables surly kid-brother.
Ah Muh Face!MDA11Offending old people since 2002!
EEGMDA5Husband, wife duo along with a few nieces and nephews that are nuttier than a fruitcake!

FOR EVERYONE
(Newbs and Veterans alike):

THINGS EVERYONE CAN DO BEFORE THE FEST:
  • Assemble and Secure Crew / Cast / Locations / Equipment. – While you may not have your criteria or all of the details of your story etc, you can at least start to draw the lines of who you will include in your film and where you will possibly shoot it.  Lock down the crew/equipment now, maybe have a good game plan for props/costumes etc depending on what you’re given.
  • Make your 10 Second Team Video ahead of time.  You’ll be attaching it to the beginning of your film entry. Since it may be difficult to get your team together before Launch- you can shoot your 10 Second Team Video DURING your Fest shoot.  When it comes time to turn in your movie, you’ll put our template before your film, simply drop your 10 second team video into the box on the template we give you and export your whole movie.  The template will be available on Friday Sep 24, after you pick criteria. Newbs- check out PAST ENTRIES to see what folks do.  NOTE: Do not use copyright music on these or your film may not play online!
  • Look for a musician or find a place online for music   that you can acquire or purchase rights to. There is plenty of music in Creative Commons, Public Domain, and there are many sites where you can purchase rights to music for a small fee. It’s good to have a few options before you’re scrambling to find that perfect song. Do not use any copyright music or your film may be muted or even not stream online!
  • Develop a Safety Plan for Covid-19 (masks/distancing/sanitizer/food prep etc).  This year is going to be tough to shoot safely, and guidelines may loosen or tighten before October 1st, so develop a good plan now. Only you know your situation but we suggest using a small crew, keep minimum 6 feet apart as much as possible, mask up when not on camera, have sanitizers around, reduce touching surfaces, reduce your confined indoor spaces, and shoot outside when possible. As a team leader you are responsible for the safety of your cast/crew.
  • Sign up for Instagram and follow @72FilmFest (you will need one to post Behind the Scenes during the shoot).  Feel free to delete this after the Fest if you hate Insta/FB, but you’ll need one through the duration.
  • Sign up for Discord (at least Team Leader will need one).  Discord is a chat/message board app and we’ll be keeping a centralized chat spot on Discord for all teams.  Discord can be downloaded on phone or computer.  Feel free to share with the rest of your team, create your own team discord for private chat etc.  Instructions for our server will greet you when you follow our invite link (coming in the next week).
  • Sign and Return Terms and Conditions (Need this before Launch) – See Below.
  • Download Releases Talent/Music/Location Releases.

ADVICE FOR NEW TEAMS
OR A REFRESHER FOR RETURNING TEAMS (IF YOU WANT IT)

Honestly, most folks do this contest for fun and barrel through the weekend tackling whatever challenges arise…and after a few years, they have a system down that works for them. Feel free to do 72 your way.  But we do get a lot of questions about how teams could better prepare or manage time during the weekend. If you’re looking for some advice, here ya go:

72 Film Fest typically gives thematic criteria.  Some of this can be a little specific (like a Fairy Tale or a Constellation Myth) that you then have freedom to interpret, and other things may be very vague (say like a Polaroid image) that you then have to come up with the meaning behind and launch a new story.  Rarely do you get things like “lines of dialogue” or “props” although there have been those occasionally as well.  Some years there will be multiple pieces of criteria.  All Creative Elements are to be created within the 72 hours between Thursday Night and Sunday Night…that means brainstorming, writing, shooting, editing and turning in.

Here’s some more tips on how to schedule your weekend:

Before the Fest: it’s good to lock in your crew and your main cast and some sense of where you can shoot.  You may not know the details until you get the story cracked, but it’s good to have options.  Also know the limitations of your equipment and the size of your crew. Do tests. Can you shoot outside at night without lights?  How many folks can you pick up on the Mic you have. Do you need another mic, light, clamp, stand, a makeshift windguard? If you’re low on budget- experiment with what you have.  You don’t need thousands of dollars of equipment to make a good film by any means but dedicated equipment and people to each job (Camera / Sound / Light etc ) will work wonders.  Get acquainted with your editing software. Export a movie out and see how long it takes.  The more info you have going into the weekend the less chance for something extra to go wrong. Also it’s good to have your food plan laid out in advance so you’re not spinning your wheels trying to figure out food when you should be in creative mode.
Thursday Night–  Attend the Launch Party to receive Criteria. Brainstorm/Write around your known locations/sets/cast/crew etc. It’s better to know your limitations going into that night as it will help you understand the scope of the story you can tell.  If you have time break the script down into shoots/scenes.
Friday – Finalize cast, get a good shot list, assemble locations/costumes/props, and START SHOOTING.  Go until you drop.  Make sure you have someone getting good SOUND.  And don’t forget to get clear room tone even when you’re outside (roll 30 seconds to a minute with cast/crew being silent), so you can make quicker fixes in post.  
Saturday – Continue to Shoot until you’re done and START TO EDIT during the day if you haven’t already.  If you have a separate editor- have them send out shots/pickups needed to smooth out the rough cut.  Due to the smaller size of crews many directors will edit themselves, but even if you do – it’s good to have someone ingest the footage and make sure you truly have what you need on the scenes as you shoot them.  One of the questions we get a lot from newer teams is “How did that team do so much in so little time?”  or  “How was that so polished etc?”  It’s not always the answer, but oftentimes it’s having a dedicated editor working throughout the weekend.  It’s tough to do a really good edit if you don’t start until Sunday at 2pm (although plenty of folks will prove that wrong).  And we’ve heard many horror stories of folks who think they shot a short under the maximum time limit and it ended up twice as long.  It happens to the best of us, but it’s good to know this before Sunday so you can adjust.
Sunday Morning/Afternoon– Finish the edit cutting down to maximum length if necessary and throwing in any final pickup shots, music, fix any audio issues, and color.  Watch your film, make notes on issues and fix them if you have time.  Some folks may still be shooting final scenes even.
Sunday Evening – If you have time – check the sound/color and export and upload.  If you are pressed for time, rather than endlessly tweak down to the last possible second- export a safety copy that you can upload to us then finish up the tweaks if you have time. Warts are totally fine for 72 as you can take your time to fix them before you put them on your channel.  But you need to turn in by the due time to be judged.  Keep in mind that DropBox and Google Drive can sometimes take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on your connection. We must be able to download it by the turn-in time so start this process earlier than you think you should.