Can you make a Puppet Film?
Can you do it in 48 hours?
Challenge accepted!

We are asking people of all ages and backgrounds, beginners to professionals to take on the Challenge. Create an original puppetry film this September in 48 hours. Use our 3 prompts (item, action, theme) as a starting point, then let your imagination run wild. Entries will be shown at our Online Film Festival in September, with an awards ceremony where a panel of judges will pick the winners of our categories. Get creative, have fun and see what you can do with puppetry.

2023 Details

You must register to take part in the Challenge before it starts.
https://www.bristol48hpuppetfilmchallenge.co.uk/the-challenge

The Challenge will begin at 7pm (BST) on Friday the 15th Sep 2023.

At 7pm on Friday the 15th Sep 2023 we will announce the three Challenge prompts (ACTION, ITEM, THEME), you MUST include these prompts in your film.

The timer is set and you then have 48 hours to devise, make, film, edit, score and submit your puppet film.

The Submission deadline is 7pm (BST) on Sunday 17th Sep 2023.

If you submit you film late it will NOT be eligible for judging and awards (see FAQ)

The submissions are then reviewed and the judges will pick the winners.

All films entered will be featured in our Online Film Festival Screening, ending with the Finale where winners will be announced.

Challengers must read all rules and T and C's on our website before participating!
https://bristol48hpuppetfilmchallenge.co.uk/

Online film screening - TBA
Online Finale - Sunday 24th Sep 6pm (BST)
Live Finale at the CUBE Microplex in Bristol - Sunday 24th Sep, Doors 5.30pm, screening 6pm (BST)

The Challenge is FREE to take part in! we are operating on donations only so that anyone from any where can take part in the Challenge.

If you are able we suggest a £5 donation per participant/viewer. Donate more, fantastic, donate less, also great, can't afford it, no worries, we have all been there and we want you here!

Donate here
https://www.paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/3125064

1st
£100
A professional consultation with Brian Fisher
Creative mentoring session with Clare McCarthy from Broken Puppet Theatre Company
British Puppet Guild Membership
Puppet Place Associate Artist membership

2nd
British Puppet Guild Membership
Puppet Place Associate Artist membership

3rd
British Puppet Guild Membership
Puppet Place Associate Artist membership

Top 10
Puppet Place Associate Artist membership

Under 15’s
A Puppet made by a Resident Artist of Puppet Place

16-21
A Mentorship consultation with Brian Fisher
Creative mentoring session with Clare 'Jay' McCarthy from Broken Puppet Theatre Company
Puppet Place Associate Artist membership

Honorable mentions
Puppet Place Associate Artist membership

Best Puppetry
Puppet Place Associate Artist membership

Best of Bristol
A personalised tour of Puppet Place
Puppet Place Associate Artist membership

The Rules

The primary focus of your film must be physical puppetry.

Individuals/teams must register for the Challenge in advance.

All films entered must be original and made over the Challenge weekend 2023.

Entries must include the Challenge prompts – ACTION – ITEM – THEME (to be confirmed at 7pm (BST) on Friday 15th September 2023.

All films must include a TITLE CARD and CREDITS.

All films must state in “Made for the Bristol 48h Puppet Film Challenge 2023”

Maximum film length is 3 minutes and 30 seconds. This time INCLUDES TITLE CARD and CREDITS.

You must use royalty free or original music. We can’t play films with copyrighted music!

The use of premade puppets is allowed, but we do encourage original builds.

Submission deadline is 7pm (BST) on Sunday 17th September 2023.

Age Awards – To qualify for these additional awards at least one team member must fall in one of the two age categories – Under 15 and 16 to 21 year olds – and they must play a big part of the creative process. These are extra awards to highlight these age groups. All films submitted into the age categories will automatically be entered into the main Challenge as well.

Terms & Conditions
By Submitting a film to the Bristol 48h Puppet Film Challenge you agree to the following

Terms & Conditions:

You give Puppet Place and the Bristol 48h Puppet Films Challenge the right to use your submitted film in all future screenings, promotion/advertising/marketing and fundraising events related to the Challenge and Puppet Place.

By submitting a film you agree and adhere to the Rules (see above). Films that do not comply with the rules, will be disqualified and not shown.

The Bristol 48h Puppet Film Challenge has the right to refuse any film if it is deemed inappropriate (see below).

The Challenge will not tolerate any form of online or in person hate, abuse, harassment and mistreatment of its participants, viewers and organisers. If anyone goes against our inclusive and supportive ethos then that person/film/group will be disqualified from the Challenge and blocked from online platforms and in person venues. Be nice folks!

Overall Rating
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  • Dawn Cardin

    Great festival, super fun if not slightly stressful weekend for the creators but great live finale.

    October 2023
  • Really great little competition. So many great ideas and different types of storytelling. Speaking as a solo film maker, I wonder if there is a place for a solo project award? I love that there are awards for younger film makers. Will definitely enter again!

    November 2022
  • Arril Johnson

    Nicely organised, family friendly, and fun ...

    September 2021