What is the Folkestone 52hr film challenge?

The Folkestone 52 Hour Film Challenge is a fun and creative timed filmmaking competition held in Folkestone, Kent, although entries are welcome from all over the world.

The idea is simple - make a short film over a weekend using the creative prompts provided on Friday night and upload your finished film to the Vimeo group for your chance to win the Golden Seagull trophy.

Why take part?

Film challenges are hard work but very rewarding. It can be tough to come up with creative ideas sometimes,  but the combination of creative prompts and a time limit is a great way to stop procrastinating and start making something without being too concerned about getting everything perfect or worrying about making mistakes. 

Plus, it is extremely fun to do!


Who are we?

The 52hr Film Challenge is organised by James Pyott and Rebecca Elliott, two Folkestone-based filmmakers. 

We started this challenge because we enjoy making films ourselves and wanted to run a community event to encourage more people to have a go at filmmaking and as a bit of friendly competition for Folkestone's thriving art and film community. Listen to our Academy FM interview with Dom Pillai below for a bit more information about the idea.

The 52hr Film Challenge is a completely independent event with no company affiliations.

The Folkestone 52 Hour Film Challenge - write, shoot and edit a short film in a weekend