The 48-Hour Tasploitation Challenge Returns in 2016!
After sell-out successes in 2013 and 2014 the popular 48-Hour “Tasploitation” Challenge returns in January 2016!
The Tasploitation Challenge is a national contest requiring teams to make a film while in the Hobart geographical area, with both interstate and local filmmakers encouraged to participate.
Registered teams must complete a short film (of up to 6 minutes) – including writing, shooting, editing and scoring – over a 48-hour period. The films should be loosely within the horror genre, although interpretations of this may vary wildly.
This year the Challenge timeframe is from 7 pm Friday 22 January until 7 pm on Sunday 24 January, with the films to be screened on Monday 25 January (the day before the Australia Day public holiday).
The Challenge is open to both amateur and professionals, with prizes to be awarded recognising strengths from technical skills to concept to use of Tasmania as a location. After meeting at a designated location in the CBD, the teams will be personally handed their “prompt” package at 7 pm on the Friday night. This will include three things: a sub-genre of horror, a prop and a line of dialogue. All three must be incorporated into the final film.
The films will debut at gala screening on Monday 25 January. The films will then go online (hosted privately on the Stranger With My Face website) for a limited period of 30 days, with selected festival programmers and producers invited to view them. After this time the filmmakers are free to enter their films in other competitions and festivals as desired, or make them publicly available on the Stranger With My Face website.
“It’s really important to us that the filmmakers retain the rights to their films,” says organiser Briony Kidd. “They’re the ones putting the blood, sweat and tears into this whole enterprise, and we want them to get as much out of them as they possibly can.”
The Challenge’s ethos is to encourage experimentation and boldness, while working loosely within a genre framework.
In 2016 the Tasploitation Challenge Jury will include:
- award-winning filmmaker and renowned “Ozploitation” aficionado Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Electric Boogaloo, Patrick)
- award-winning genre filmmaker Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones, The Devil’s Candy), a Tasmanian who has recently released his second feature film to acclaim on the festival circuit
- writer, publisher and international genre festival programmer Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women)
- filmmaker Fiona McConaghy, whose recent credits include producing the webseries Noirhouse and as line producer on the upcoming Foxtel drama series The Kettering Incident
These judges will attend the awards night in person on 25 January 2016 and will decide all awards except Grand Prize Winner, which will be chosen by a special international judge (soon to be announced) from between the Jury Award Winner and the Audience Choice Winner.
The Grand Prize winner will receive $1000 in cash and their film will be screened at the Stranger With My Face International Film Festival in April 2016.
2016 marks the first year the Tasploitation Challenge has been split off from the Stranger With My Face Festival into its own event, but the two events remain part of the same SWMF family.
Registration for the Tasploitation Challenge is open and will close on 10 January 2016.