Please read though the FAQs before signing up or sending us questions, we are operating on a skeleton staff (spooky) so may not be able to respond to questions ASAP!

The Challenge

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When is the Challenge? 7pm (BST) 27th Aug - 7pm (BST) on the 29th Aug 2021
How do I register for the Challenge? Via the registration page on our website
When does registration close? 12pm (BST) on Friday the 27 Aug
Should I have received a confirmation email when registering? No, but you may have received a copy of your submitted answers, if you have this you're registered. You also would have had a confirmation come up on your screen. If you did not see this then email us. We will be sending out a reminder on the 24th Aug and more Challenge info on the morning of the 27th Aug before the Challenge begins.
Can I use premade puppets? Yes you can, but in the spirit of a 48hour Challenge we are excited to see what people make in that time.
What kind of puppetry can I use in my film? Any kind of physical based puppetry. For example hand, rod, Bunraku, stop motion, table top, object manipulation, basically any kind of puppetry you use your hands to directly manipulate. You can have elements of human actors and animation but the bulk of your film must be physical puppets.
Can I submit a stop motion film? YES! After review of last year's feedback, this year we will be allowing full stop motion animated films.
Can I submit a film I have already made? No. All films submitted must be original and made over the Challenge weekend. Including the ITEM, THEME and ACTION that will be announced at the start of the Challenge.
I'm not based in Bristol, can I enter? Yes! We want to see films from near and far!
Are there prizes? Prizes are to be confirmed. If we raise sufficient funding and sponsorship then we will announce prizes.
Is there an age limit? What are the youth awards? Nope, anyone one any age can enter. We have two specific age categories that will highlight youth participation. Under 15s and 16 - 25. Please state in registration if you would like to be considered in one of these categories. At least one individual or member of the team must fall into the age category and play a big part in the filmmaking process.
If I enter an age category am I not eligible for first, second or third place? Nope. Our age categories are there to highlight entries from that age group. Any film entered in the Challenge that meets requirements has the possibility of making it into the Top Ten and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
How much does it cost to enter the Challenge? Will be operating on a ‘Pay What You Feel’ Basis. We want everyone to be able to take part in the event and don't want a registration fee to stop anyone being creative. However if you are able to donate then we suggest a donation of £5 per participant/viewer, this helps cover the cost of running and organising the festival and will help us make this a permanent yearly event. If you can donate more, great! If you can't donate that's absolutely fine! Our goal is to inspire creativity through puppetry and welcome all to join. Check out our donation page on the website for more info.
Do I get extra time for title cards and credits? No, the film time limit of 3.30 includes allowance for a title card and credits.
When is the film submission deadline? 7pm (BST) Sunday 29 Aug 2021
I'm not going to get my film in by the deadline! What should I do? It's okay, stuff happens! If you are unable to get your film to us by the deadline of 7pm Aud 29th your film will not be eligible for judging. However if you get your film to us by 7pm (BST) on Monday 30th Aug then your film may be included in the festival. We don't want your hard work to go to waste if something happens. But please take on board the spirit of the 48hour festival and get your films in by the deadline!
I can no longer participate, what do I do? Nooooooooooo we are sad to see you go but alas things happen. If you could send us a message with your info saying you need to cancel your place then that would be great.
What format/ratio does my film need to be? Your film be either a MOV of MP4 file, the higher quality the better. you can submit your film in any ratio, we will scae it to fit a standard screen. we would prefer if you ration is 16:9 or like a standard Youtube video.

The Film Festival Screening

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When is the Online Film Festival Screening? 11th and 12th of September 2021 Times to be announced
Do I have to pay to watch the Film Festival Screening? Nope, you can watch the festival for free. We will be accepting donations to help support the running and development of the event.
Where can I watch the online Film Festival Screening? We will be announcing this nearer the festival weekend

Other Questions 

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How can I support the Challenge? You can donate to the Challenge! see our donation page on our website. This will help support the running and organisation of the Challenge making it possible to be a yearly recurring event. Also you can spread the work. If evey one can get one more person to participate or watch then the Festival will grow. If you are a company who wishes to work with or support the Challenge then please contact us.
Who made the trailer and mascot (Brizzol) for the Challenge? The House of Funny Noises! Check them out www.houseoffunnynoises.com
Do I still own the rights to my film if I submit it? Yes! You do however give the Bristol 48 hour Puppet FIlm Challenge the right to use your film for the festival and for future advertising. There is a chance that some films will be collated into a touring film anthology but we will be in contact this should this go ahead.
I'm a professional in the puppet industry. Is this a Challenge for me? Absolutely. This is your chance to get your work viewed not only by a panel of industry professionals who will provide feedback and advice on your work, but it also allows you to reach a wider viewing audience. This Challenge is a great chance to practice your skills and create original content in a strict time frame.
I've never made a puppet or puppeteered before, is this a Challenge for me? Yes, and welcome! There's no better way to start a new creative challenge than a short time framed challenge. This will give you a good basis to set of on your exploration of puppetry, have fun and get creative. The more challenges you take on the better you get and the more skills you develop. Follow the event on Facebook to see tips and advice from the organisers and feel free to ask us any questions if you get stuck!