A £100 prize is up for grabs in a 24-hour filmmaking challenge which celebrates the streets and open spaces of Lewes.

The competition is being launched as part of the Make it Short film festival in association with Brighton Film School.

Filmmakers will be invited to shoot and edit a three-minute film in just one day, using specific locations and an allocated prop, which will be announced at the launch.

The finished piece of work may be either a drama, documentary or an experimental piece shot on either the Straight 8 app, or on a camera of your choice. Each film must have a crew of no more than two people.


  • Challenge launch: Friday 6 October at 8pm at The Depot cinema, Lewes
  • Pre-production: Friday 6 October following the launch
  • Filming: Saturday 7 October from 8am onwards.
  • Final edit deadline: Saturday 7 October at 8pm. Final films should be submitted via We Transfer to www.makeitshort.co.uk
  • Screening of shortlisted films: Sunday 15 October at 8pm at All Saints Centre, Lewes. All crew members will receive a free ticket to the screening and the winning film will be announced on the night
  • Challenge registration fee: £10 (£5 for students).

Full details of the challenge will be unveiled on Friday 6 October at The Depot cinema. Briefing packs will be issued, including a list of locations, a prop, guidance sheet and risk assessment form. Filmmakers will need to include at least three listed locations and the prop in their piece.
Crews may begin pre-production work following the launch on 6 October. However, filmmaking may not begin until Saturday 7 October at 8am.

The Depot’s Studio will be available as a production base for crews to meet to plan their shoots from 9am – 8pm on Saturday 7 October. It is advised to bring your own laptop for editing.

Dos and Don’ts

  • No use of profanities (swearing), use of imitation weapons, copyright music, or film/TV clips
  • You will need to feature at least three locations in Lewes issued in the pack guidance and incorporate the prop in your film
  • Running length not to exceed 3 minutes/180 seconds including titles and credits
  • Crews are responsible for their own safety and that of the public
  • The film must be delivered in H264 format
  • Sound may be recorded in camera or by using an external microphone; alternatively it can be added in post-production.

The Straight 8 app for iPhone is free, and makes filming and editing on your phone really easy, enabling you to shoot in sequence and add music from a selection of download options.
Some great examples of 3 minute films can be found on the Straight 8 website and the Three Minute Wonders scheme on Channel 4 on YouTube.

For further details and to register your crew, go to www.makeitshort.co.uk