Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge

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The Little Cinema & Galway City of Film are once again running the 48 Hour Film Challenge in Galway! 10 filmmaking teams will compete and each make a 5 minute film over the weekend of 7th – 9th June 2019 in Galway with the aim of winning the amazing first prize of €500!

New Rule!

This year the teams will need to write, record and edit their film withing the 48 Hour period as well as incorporating a random prop, a given line and a genre, just to make it a bit more difficult!


The 48 Hour Challenge will be launched at the Portershed at 7pm on Thursday 6th June, at which the teams will be introduced and they will be given their lines, props and genres! All are welcome to the launch to see what surprises turn up for the teams involved!

Competition & Screening Tickets

Teams can begin filmmaking process at 11am on 7th June and have up until 11am on Sunday 9th June to get their films wrote, recorded, edited & exported ahead of the screening that evening in the Town Hall Theatre Galway on Sunday 9th June.   Tickets are FREE for the screening but need to be booked in advance. They can be ordered here.


The films will be introduced by the teams and the Best Film will be chosen by a team of industry professionals! Along with the first prize of €500 for Best Film as chosen by judges there will be prizes for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Use of Line, Best Use of Prop and an Audience vote of favorite film.

Take part

Applications are now open for the 48 Hour Challenge, and there is space for a total of 10 teams. A team must have at least 6 members in it and the entry fee is €80 per team. It is on a first come first served basis, so if you’re interested in taking part, get in touch with us as soon as possible as spaces will fill up quickly. All of the rules are in the Application Form below which can be downloaded, filled out and returned to us. Team entry is not finalized until payment is received.

Application Form

Download application form PDF here: LC&GCOF Application form 48h Challenge 2019

Download application form Word Document here: LC&GCOF Application form 48h Challenge 2019

Previous Winning Films

The winner of the 2017 48 Hour Challenge was The Postcard by Liza Bolton and team Hasty Fellows

The winner of the 2018 48 Hour Challenge was Connection Interrupted by Conor Quinlan & Team Timo

Any further questions and completed applications can be sent to

Thanks and look forward to hearing from you!