- The film needs to be completed within 48 hours, match your given theme and contain the given compulsory elements.
- Your team must be registered and registration fee paid before the challenge.
- Uneton48 reserves the right to make changes to the rules before the challenge weekend. The participants will be informed of any changes.
- Questions? U48 Helpdesk on Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes from last year
- Removed unnecessary requirements, such as C5 envelope for USB stick
- Demoted technical specs as “recommended”, as no-one will be disqualified because of wrong codecs
- Unified drop off process for online and physical delivery: always submit drop off form with SHA sum in time; film file can arrive later
To take part in Uneton48, you need to register a team. The challenge is open for everyone.
2. Challenge timeframe
The challenge begins at 7pm on Friday. The film has to be handed in by 7.30pm exactly the following Sunday. This makes the challenge time 48,5 hours. The extra half an hour is allowed for rendering / transport / uploading of the film.
3. Language of the film
Your Uneton48 short film can be in any language. If it’s in any other language than Finnish, Swedish or English, subtitles in English, Swedish 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 must be between 1 and 5 minutes in length. This has to include the opening slate (see section 12) and the end credits.
5. Challenge launch
Uneton48 Docs launch event is held in Helsinki, at 6pm on the Friday of the challenge weekend. The exact spot will be announced later. You can also check your theme (see below) and other information from the Uneton48 Facebook page, and this information will be sent via email + available on U48 Helpdesk after the launch.
During the challenge launch, we reveal the final theme selection and the compulsory elements which have to appear in each film. Every team is also told which theme was assigned for their short film through a lottery. Creative interpretations of themes are accepted. However, the original theme has to be evident in your film.
All creative work has to happen within the given 48 hours. Certain preparations can be done beforehand: assembling the team, securing gear, scouting locations, sourcing music and sorting out music copyrights.
Animation: Uneton48 accepts animations. In this case, all animation (whether made by computer or by hand) have to be done within the 48 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.
We recommend that teams work with local musicians and composers. Any personal connections come in handy, as the rights-managed music with its royalties is often too expensive. There are also many websites with royalty-free music and sound effects. The music does not need to be made within the challenge weekend. In fact, we recommend you source possible songs and sound effects in advance.
Whatever the origin of your music, you must have secured rights for it. With royalty-free music, it’s good to mention the channel (website) it was downloaded from. When sourcing royalty-free music, make sure you get all distribution rights without any geographical, time or channel specific restrictions.
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 challenge, 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. Drop off
Fill the wrap up form. This form must be sent before 7.30pm on Sunday of the challenge weekend.
Deliver your film file before Monday in one of two ways:
- Online. Upload your film file into our Dropbox Request Folder.
- Drop off location TBA. Copy your film file into a USB stick. Tape / carve / write your team name on the USB stick. Deliver it to Uneton48 drop off location on Sunday of the challenge weekend.
Which ever way you drop off your film, your submission is in time if a) your wrap up form is received in time, and b) the SHA sum on wrap up form matches your film file. As a backup, if you fail to submit correct SHA sum, your submission will still be in time if the film file is received in time.
12. FILE FORMATS
Name your film file as: Team name - Film title
eg. “Uneton48 Productions - Big Tree Squirrels.mp4”
Recommended technical specs:
- Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 25 fps
- Audio: Stereo (2.0) @ 16bit 48kHz
- Codecs: h264 + aac inside mp4/mov container
- Bitrate should be less than 30 Mbit/s
- File size should be less than 2 GiB
If your film file differs from these specs, it might not play smoothly at the theater screening. Especially important is that frame rate matches the Finnish standard 25fps.
In the beginning of your film, insert 5 seconds of this slate:
UNETON48 DOCS 2020
In the end of the film, please add the text:
This short film was made as part of Uneton48 Docs 2020
13. Sponsorship in films
All films and end credits must adhere to the regulations on product placement and sponsorship: Advertising, sponsorship and product placement.