Uneton48 is coming, and you want to participate, but you might have questions? Don't worry! We have written this detailed description specifically for you, outlining how the participant's journey progresses. Read this guide carefully, as it also includes the mandatory rules of the challenge!
1. ASSEMBLE THE CREW
Although you can participate in the challenge alone, we strongly recommend inviting at least a few crew members to join you on this journey. Having multiple heads makes it easier to bounce ideas off each other when planning your film. And furthermore, making a film together is more enjoyable - at least based on our experience. While building your crew, it's a good idea to plan what each person would like to contribute.
Choose one person to be the team leader. The team leader must be over 18. The team leader will be sent participant e-mails and will be responsible for the team, and sending the final report. The other roles of the team and the size of the team are up to you. While building your team, it's a good idea to plan what each person would like to contribute. Check out our helpful 10 TIPS article for planning assistance!
2. REGISTER FOR THE CHALLENGE
Once the crew members are confirmed and the crew name is decided, it's time to register the crew for the competition. The team is registered by purchasing a ticket for the team HERE.
3. JOIN UNETON48 DISCORD
Now is also a good time to join the Uneton48-DISCORD , a chat group where the organizers answer questions and participants can help each other out.
4. MAKE YOUR FILM ACCORDING TO THE RULES
4.1 CHALLENGE DATE & TIME
The Uneton48 challenge starts on Friday 3 May with an opening event. At the end of the opening the themes drawn for the crews are published. The opening event will last about an hour, ending at exactly 19:00, when the film-making time begins.
The completed film must be returned by Sunday 5 May at 19:30.
The official challenge period is therefore from 3 May at 19:00 to 5 May at 19:30, i.e. 48.5 hours. The extra half hour is for the delivery of the finished film.
4.2. THEME AND MANDATORY ELEMENTS
The theme assigned to your crew will be revealed at the opening event. We encourage creative interpretation of the theme, but the assigned theme should still be clearly identifiable in the film.
The compulsory elements are the same for all films and will be announced at the opening event.
4.3. MAKING YOUR FILM
All creative work (except for music creation) must be done within the challenge timeframe.
Animation: Making an animated film is also allowed. All animation (whether computer-generated or done by hand) must be created within the challenge timeframe.
Archival material: The use of archival material is permitted, but proper permissions must be obtained. If using copyright-free archival material sourced from the internet, it is good practice to mention the website through which the material was obtained in the end credits.
4.4. LENGTH OF THE FILM
The film duration must be between 1-5 minutes (and not a second less or more!). This timeframe includes the opening text and end credits.
4.5. TECHNICAL DETAILS OF THE FILM
Please name your file: "Crew_name_Film_Name.file" (e.g. “UnetonRulez_Meidän_Leffa.mp4”)
Recommended technical specifications:
Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 25 fps
Sound: Stereo (2.0) @ 16 bit 48 kHz
Codecs: h264 + aac and mp4/mov container
Bitrate: less than 30 Mbit/s
File Size: less than 2 Gbit
If your film deviates from these specifications, it may not play smoothly during the screenings. It is particularly important that the frame rate matches the Finnish standard of 25 fps.
4.6. LANGUAGE AND SUBTITLES
The film can be in any language.
We require subtitles for films in languages other than Finnish, Swedish or English.
You can choose to subtitle your film anyway - international audiences can enjoy the film more if, for example, a Finnish-language film is subtitled in English.
The subtitle file of the film can be sent after the challenge weekend, latest by 23:59 on 8 May. Send the subtitle file in ".srt" format to Uneton48's Dropbox. Please name the subtitle file as follows: team_name_film_name.srt (e.g. "Team_UnetonRulez_My_Leffa.srt")
You can make your own music, or get it from elsewhere. Wherever the music comes from, you must be sure that you have permission to use it.
The use of copyrighted music (and also the performance itself) is subject to a fee for the team. You can find out more about the licensing of music for example HERE.
There are also many sites on the internet where you can get copyright-free music and sound effects. If copyright-free music is used, it is good practice to include the name of the source or website where the music was obtained in the end credits. It should also be ensured that there are no specific restrictions on the rights to the music (e.g. that it is not freely available only in certain parts of the world or that there are no time limits on its use).
4.8. OPENING TEXT AND END CREDITS
There are no restrictions for the style or length of your opening texts.
In previous years, films have had to include a 5-second opening credits, but this is no longer required.
The film should end with the text: This short film was made as part of Uneton48 2024 -short film challenge.
There are no other restrictions for the style or length of the end credits.
You can refer to industry practices for guidance, such as those outlined HERE.
Team members can be minors, as long the team leader is over 18 years old.
The age limit for Uneton48 cinema screenings is K-12. Therefore, in order to participate in the challenge, the film must adhere to the K-12 age rating. For more information on this topic, please refer to the guidelines provided by KAVI (FINNISH NATIONAL AUDIOVISUAL INSTITUTE).
The copyrights of the films created during the challenge are shared between the organizing entity "Uneton48 Ry" and the filmmakers. However, Uneton48 Ry holds exclusive rights to the films until their public release. This arrangement is aimed at maintaining an exciting atmosphere leading up to the final gala.
After the public release, the copyrights of the films will be shared between the Uneton48 organization and the filmmakers in a way that allows both parties to freely distribute and exhibit the films. The formulation of the copyright rules is primarily aimed at promoting film culture. It is important to us that filmmakers can use their films in any way they desire. Additionally, it is important for the Uneton48 organization to have the ability to distribute and exhibit the films. Uneton48 Ry is a non-profit organization aiming to support the public good. Instead of seeking financial gain, our goal is to utilize film distribution and public exhibition to further future challenges and other initiatives that promote film culture, as well as to attract partners. Moreover, we aim to simplify the journey through bureaucratic processes for our small organization.
Send only material you have made yourself. When the film is made by you, you have the necessary copyrights and you know what is in the film. The film must not infringe someone else's copyright (e.g. music).
In private situations, ask permission from people appearing in films. Privacy protection must be respected in movies. This means that you should not film offensive situations or, for example another person's home without asking permission from the resident and all the people appearing in the films.
Below is the copyright clause in more detail:
The crew hereby transfers the economic copyrights of the short film ("Film") produced as part of the Uneton48 challenge, free of charge, to the event organizer Uneton48 Ry ("Organizer"). The Organizer has the right to sell or transfer the Film in a non-discriminatory manner to other parties (such as TV channels), distribute and disseminate the Film globally, as well as publicly screen it.
The crew also retains all the aforementioned rights. These rights are considered parallel rights. The parallel partial transfer does not prevent the creator from exploiting the work or granting a similar right to others.
The Organiser has the exclusive right to distribute the film until the screenings. During the exclusive period, the author(s) of the Film may not communicate the Film to the public, publicly exhibit it or make physical copies of it and distribute them to the public for or against payment. Notwithstanding the exclusive right, the author has the right to use the visual and audio material of the Film for the purpose of promoting it, including the right to create and distribute a poster and a trailer of no more than 30 seconds.
5. SUBMIT YOUR FILM AND SUBMISSION FORM BY 5 MAY 7.30pm
When the film is completed and the video file's functionality has been verified, it's time for the moment of joy and fulfillment: submission. The submission is done online:
Fill in the submission form. This form must be submitted no later than Sunday 5 May at 19:30.
Name your film "Crew_name_Film_title".". Upload your film directly to Uneton48's Dropbox. You will receive a Dropbox link to your email later. To be eligible for the competition, your film must be visible in Dropbox before 19:30 on Sunday 5 May.
If you want to ensure that your film is included in the competition but you have concerns about your internet connection speed, you can take a SHA checksum code of the film. It essentially serves as a timestamp that can prove the completion of the film within the given deadline, even if it is not visible in Dropbox by 19:30. This is completely optional and slightly more complex. The safest approach is to upload the film in time, but for those who like to take extra precautions, they can use the SHA checksum code as an additional measure. Write the SHA checksum code in the submission form.
If the instructions seem difficult, you can also download a GRAPHICAL SHA PROGRAM, which may be easier to use. Good luck on your journey 😘 Copy the SHA1 code and paste it into the submission form.
1. Open the program called Terminal (macOS/Linux) or Command Prompt (Windows). The program is available by default on all computers and can be conveniently found using a Spotlight search (macOS) [Cmd+Space] or Start search (Windows) [Windows key].
2. Type in the window:
For macOS/Linux: shasum [space]
For Windows: certutil -hashfile [space]
3. Drag and drop the video file onto the window. The file path and name will appear in the window after what you typed earlier.
4. Press ENTER. The program will display the SHA1 code (40 numbers and letters) within about ten seconds.
5. Copy the SHA1 code and paste it into the submission form. macOS: Select the SHA1 code with your mouse, then press cmd+c.
Windows: Right-click > Mark, select the SHA1 code, then right-click > Copy.
6. RETURN THE FINAL REPORT BY 8 MAY AT 23:59
In addition to the submission form, a final report must be completed. Download the final report to Uneton48's Dropbox
A short description of the film is written in the final report. You will also need the signatures of the team members. You can print the file, ask team members to sign the report by hand and take a picture of the report. You can also manage the signatures electronically in a pdf file. Name the final report "Crew_name_Film_title".”.
The final report can be returned after the challenge weekend, but no later than Wednesday 8 May at 23:59
7. RETURN THE POSTER NO LATER THAN 8 MAY AT 23:59
You may wish to create a poster for your film. There will also be a poster award.
Size recommendation A2, vertical or horizontal, colour space RGB
The content of the poster is up to you.
Naming the file: "Poster_Crew_name_Film_title”.
You have a few days to make a poster after the challenge. The poster must be returned to the Uneton48 Dropbox by 23:59 on Wednesday 8 May.
8. TRAILER OF YOUR FILM
If you wish, you can make a trailer of up to 30 seconds for your film and share it before the screenings.
9. SCREENINGS 13-15 May and Final Gala 1 MAY
Each film will have its world premiere on the big screen. On the return form, you can request the date and location of your preferred screening. Screenings:
14.5. Helsinki ja Turku
15.5. Helsinki ja Tampere
The event will culminate in Final Gala where a selection of films by our invitational jury will be screened. There will also be prizes and of course a celebration of all films created in the challenge.
10. PARTICIPANT E-MAILS
Participating crews will be sent key information through e-mail before, during, and after the challenge. The links to the participant e-mails will also be posted here.