Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter?


A team leader needs to gather a team of between 5 and 10 people (a minimum of 5 people are required per team as there are quite a few rolls on a film crew), come up with a name for your team and fill in the entry form. A deposit of R350 is required to secure your entry and entries are on a first come, first served basis.




What needs to be done?


On the 30th April at 18:00, all eligible teams will gather at Bryanston New Covenant Church (54 Hornbill Road, Byanston Johannesburg) where teams will randomly select the following items they need to include in their film in order for us to ensure the film is original:
• A prop
• A line of Dialogue
• A character name
• A genre




What are the genre's?


• Mystery
• Fantasy
• Science Fiction
• Musical or Western
• Superhero
• Thriller
• Mockumentary
• Comedy
• Romance
If you are not satisfied with your genre you can opt to select a wild card genre, but no more changing genre’s after this – also no swapping genre’s with other teams. You can mix genre’s but the genre your team selects needs to feature in your film substantially.




I don’t know much about film making?


Don’t worry – we’re here to help. After the closing date for entries on the 5th April 2020, selected teams will be invited to a training workshop we’ll be holding on the 18th April 2020 where film experts in cinematography, sound, producing, acting, editing and directing will be on hand to give you some pointers on how to plan for your short film shoot. Participation in this training session is not compulsory, but we recommend it as it will give you some good insights and allow you to mingle with the other teams for a morning.




Important Dates?


05 April 2020: Entries close. Please ensure your deposit is paid by this date and your entry form is completed and submitted. There is a limit to the number of teams we can accommodate so we encourage you to enter asap. 18 April 2020: Training session to help equip you and give some practical help on how to plan for your shoot 30 April 2020: The launch event takes place at New Covenant Church Bryanston at 18:00. At this event, teams will randomly select their elements – prop, character, line of dialogue and genre. At 19:00, the clock starts and you have 48 hours to deliver your film. 01 May 2020: 19:00 all films must physically reach New Covenant Church Bryanston by the 19:00 cut off in order to be eligible for competition. However, if your film arrives after the 19:00 deadline, it will still be screened at the event on the 29th of April, but will however not be eligible for competition. 03 May 2020: 18:00 - 21:00 - film screening and awards ceremony. All the film making teams, church communities, friends and family will gather together for an evening of film filled inspiration to watch the films that made the cut off and successfully completed the challenge as judged by our panel of industry professionals. The Good Story 48 Hour Film Challenge reserves the right not to screen any film it deems inappropriate at it's sole discretion. Please be aware that dependant on team entries, not all films may be able to be screened but it is our intention to screen all the films possible. Popcorn and soda's will be available and it promises to be a fun evening for the whole family. At the end of the screening a selection of awards will be handed out to the winning teams in various categories, with an overall winner announced.