Take part in a 48-hour filmmaking competition!


The Action On The Side 48-hour film competition returns to Ealing, with budding film makers given the chance to create new work, grow their networks and have their work screened at Act One Cinema. The competition was first run in November 2023 as The Ealing 48, where 11 teams competed with over 100 people credited.

Teams have 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and submit a 5-7 minute short film. But, that’s not the only challenge: they also have to incorporate the “random elements” that we give them just before the competition starts – a genre, a line of dialogue, a prop, and a shot or filmmaking technique.

The kick-off event runs 7pm-8pm on Friday 5th July, where teams are allocated one of the genres and the “random elements” are announced. The kick off event will take place at House of Transformation (Haggerston, London) and be made available online. Finished submissions can then be uploaded online through FilmFreeway.

The best films in the competition will screen at ActOne Cinema (Acton, London, UK), 11am-1pm Sunday 4th August. In addition to having their film screened in a cinema, the top films will receive support in distributing their film, and will be up for awards – including Best Screenplay, Best Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Editing, Best Soundtrack, and the grand prize of Best Film.

If you don’t have a team but are interested in entering, you can still take part! Attend the Kick-Off Event and the AOTS team will allocate you a team on the day. I – if they don’t have a team but can make it to the Kick-Off Event, they can register to join a team on the day.

The competition runs from 8pm Friday 5th July to 8pm Sunday 7th July. Registrations are open now on the Action On The Side website now!

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