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West Chester University, in collaboration with WCU Studios, is proud to announce the Fourth Annual DubC 48 Hour Film Race (48HRFR), reborn this year as a socially distant event, with a simulcast award ceremony and an online archive of participating films. 

The 48HRFR is a 48-Hour Student Video Competition open to all currently registered West Chester University and WCU Philly campus undergraduate students. Teams of one or more students will (responsibly) produce a 3-5 minute film– write it, shoot it, edit it, and produce it... all in just 48 hours! Come join us on online on November 13th, 2020 to spin the virtual wheel and receive your film genre and a prop, line of dialogue and character name that must be included, then... GO! You do not need previous film experience to form or join a team. Films are judged by a combined panel of your fellow students, faculty members, and guest judges active in the film industry.  

Trophies, Honors! Bragging rights! The respect of your peers and prospective or current romantic partners! All of these can be yours. Most importantly, you’ll have the fun of filmmaking and the knowledge that with sheer creativity, determination and maybe a little caffeine, you made something new and creative in this hellscape of a year. 

Please register on Ramconnect to participate in the event: Any questions? Please contact our outreach coordinator Cecilia Tabor at:

Official Contest Rules

The following rules apply to all participating groups/teams.

  1. Is it irresponsible to hold a film competition in the middle of a worldwide pandemic? Maybe! Do we want you to be as safe as possible? Yes!
    • Filmmaking during the 48HRFR is to undertaken while following recommended health and safety precautions and social distancing measures.
    • Please stay away from people outside your designated bubble, and follow basic sanitation guidelines.
    • This said, the contest organizers and the administration of West Chester University of PA will not be held liable for your ability to follow such guidelines. We trust you to behave like adults who want to live long and healthy lives
  2. In the 48-hour period, all creativity will take place including but not limited to:
    • Writing the Script / Rehearsing / Costume/set design / Shooting / Editing / Sound design.
    • The only work that may begin prior to the 48-hour period is: organizing crew/cast, securing equipment/securing locations.
    • All footage must be shot within the 48-hour period.
    • No stock footage or footage shot at another time may be used.
    • Animation and special effects may be used, but must be created during the 48-hour period.
  3. Each participating group must have at least one representative attend the online Kick-Off Event via Zoom. At the event, each group representative will be assigned:
    • A genre for your film
    • A prop you must include
    • A line of dialogue that must appear
    • A character name that must appear
    • To qualify as an official contest film, each group’s film must be in the genre it selects and must contain all required elements. No swapping of genre, prop or dialogue.
  4. The finished film must be a minimum of 3 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 5 minutes in duration.
  5. The electronic file version of the film must be delivered by Sunday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM to our online submission site. No late file submissions will be reviewed or considered. Further submission details will be disseminated at the Kick-Off Event.
  6. Before the film begins, there should be a 5-10 second slate listing the following: Team name, title of film, prop, line, character name, genre. In addition to 3 seconds of filler (black screen).
  7. Each team must secure appearance releases from all on screen participants. Those releases must be submitted to the Film Race organizers along with the finished film. The film will not be screened if the signed releases are not submitted to the required time and location.
  8. Each team must ensure rights to all filming locations. While it is permissible to film in outdoor locations on the campus of West Chester University, participants must obtain permission from the University administration before filming inside campus buildings. Also, participants must obtain permission before filming in or on the property of any private owner.
  9. All certified official 48-hour films are eligible to be screened, viewed in the future as part of the DubC Film Race, and compete for the title of 2020 top film as well as other notable recognitions. A panel of independent judges will determine the winners.
  10. Content of the film/video must be in compliance with the West Chester University Student Code of Conduct. The organizers reserve the right to not screen any film if (a) a Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Form is not received from each individual who participated in a film/video, or (b) the film/video contains any conduct that violates the Code of Conduct.
  11. The organizers reserve the right to not screen any film that depicts hardcore or graphic sex, gratuitous violence, or illicit drug use, or that the project organizers consider outside reasonable bounds of good taste for broad distribution.
  12. Music: Participating groups are encouraged to work with local composers or other musicians to write and record music for the films. We realize this may be difficult to achieve. Therefore it is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music. HOWEVER the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film. These rights should be clearly articulated in the video credits.
  13. Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds and must include the following credit: "The preceding film was made as part of the 2020 DubC 48-Hour Film Race at West Chester University of PA"  

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2019 First Place Film

Congratulations to 'Filmmaka Films' team (Markus Boulanger, Annie Pena, Alex Harding, Tiffany Newkirk, Julia Campbell, Sean Smith) for their top ranked film "Sugar Rush."

2019 First Place Film



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