FAQ and RULES
Rules (both ENG / FIN) are also available on Facebook Helpdesk.
Uneton48 DOC Rules 2018 - Summary
To be accepted into competition, your short film has to adhere to the rules. Read them carefully!
The team leader is responsible for registering the team and paying the registration fee before the competition.
Uneton48 reserves the right to make changes to the rules before the competition weekend. The participants will be informed of any changes via email.
To take part in Uneton48, you need to register a team. The competition is open for everyone.
2. Competition timeframe
The competition begins at 6pm on Friday. The film has to be handed in by 6.30pm exactly the following Sunday. This makes the competition time 48,5 hours. The extra half an hour is allowed for transport / uploading of the film. The official time can be checked on the Uneton48 website; whatever you use as a watch, please make sure it is set in the same time. Please allow time for parking, traffic congestion and public transportation delays, internet connection issues, etc..
3. Language of the film
Your Uneton48 short film can be in any language. If it’s in anything other than Finnish or English, subtitles in English or Finnish are required. Subtitles must be embedded in the movie file, as we cannot use external subtitle files in the theatre screenings. NOTE: Save a non-subtitled version of your film for possible TV screening / other uses.
4. Length of the film
Your film should be between 1 and 5 minutes in length. This has to include the end credits. The length of the film is measured from the end of the opening slate to the end of credits. For more information on the opening slate, see the File Formats section below.
5. Competition Launch
During the competition launch, we reveal the final genre selection and the compulsory elements which have to appear in each film. Every team is also told which genre was assigned for their short film through a lottery. You may not swap genres with other teams. Creative interpretations and genre combinations are accepted. However, the original genre has to be clearly evident in your film.
All creative work has to happen within the given 48 hours, including brainstorming, screenwriting, rehearsals, set dressing, makeup, camera work, editing, and sound editing. Certain preparations can be can done beforehand: assembling the team, securing gear, scouting locations, sourcing music and sorting out music copyrights.
All video material used in your short film must be filmed/created within the 48,5 hours. No previously shot video footage should be included. Because of copyright issues, you should also avoid having a TV or a radio on when filming, even in the background. Using animated footage is okay, as long as it’s also created within the timeframe. Previously taken still photos may be used, as long as the copyright is cleared. A previously created still or animated logo of your production company can be used in the beginning of your film.
Animation: Uneton48 accepts animations. In this case, all animation (whether made by computer or by hand) have to be done within the 48,5 hours. Models used for stop motion animation can be created beforehand. With digital animation, you can use characters that are created beforehand. Otherwise, the same rules apply – the compulsory elements have to be included and the film must be in the given genre. Talent releases must be filled out for any voice actors and other paperwork submitted where applicable.
9. Minors as team members
Team members can be minors, as long as there is at least one adult involved. The adult has to be appointed as the team leader / producer, who is responsible for registering the team and signing the final report.
Good taste Uneton48 is not adult entertainment. Minors can take part in the filmmaking and the movie theatre screenings have an R-12 rating. So, to be in the competition, your film must adhere to the R-12 rating. More information on the ratings can be found on MEKU website (in Finnish).
10. Out of towners
It’s possible to take part in Uneton48 from anywhere in the world. You can check all the information relevant to your team (genre, compulsory elements, etc.) from the Uneton48 Facebook page (and email + Uneton48 Helpdesk) after the launch event.
11. Paperwork & Drop Off Instructions
12. FILE FORMATS - Editors, read this!
13. Sponsorship in films
Terms Of Service
For cancellations made prior to 14 days from the event start date, the refund given is 80%. For cancellations made from 14 days prior to the event, the refunded amount is 50%.
Is it possible to make a good film in 48h?
Is this competition suitable for amateurs?
Are all the films shown in theatres?
Short answer is yes (your film needs to meet the requirements in the rules. See below).