Little Cinema & GCOF 48 Hour Challenge 2022


The Little Cinema & Galway City of Film are delighted to open applications for the 2022 Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge, taking place on 18th – 21st August 2022, with the screening at the Pálás Cinema on Sunday 21st August!

This is the sixth iteration of the 48 Hour Challenge and another chance for filmmaking teams from around the country to come to Galway City & County to test their filmmaking skills to the max!  Up to 10 teams of between 4-10 people will take part in the Challenge, with the task of writing, shooting and editing a 5 minute film in just 48 Hours, between 9am 19th August and 9am 21st August! Applications are open until 5pm Wednesday 10th August.

Each team will have to make the film incorporating an assigned line, prop and genre, with the added rule of also including a specific shot type. A team of industry experts will choose the Best Film which will win the top prize of €500, a place at the Galway Film Fleadh 2023 and a TG4 sponsored hoodie for each team member. There will also be awards for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Use of Line, Best Use of Prop, Best Music Score and an Audience Award.

We have teamed up with Snoozles Hostel Galway to arrange a discount for accommodation for those travelling to Galway to take part as filmmakers for the Challenge. Those who need accommodation for the Challenge can indicate that in the application form.

The Rules and Guidelines are available here:  Rules & Guidelines 48 Hour Challenge 2022

And the online application form can be found here.  Entry is free with a deposit of €50 is taken from each team to confirm their place once they have filled out the application form. Team entry is not finalized until payment is received.

The Challenge will Launch on Thursday 18th August at 7pm in the Portershed, where each team taking part will introduce themselves and find out their line, prop, genre and shot to be incorporated. Our friends at the Portershed will also host the event over the weekend with hot desks provided to those who need editing spaces.

This years screening will take place at the Pálás Cinema on 21st August at 7pm.  Tickets for the screening will be free and will be made available closer to the screening date.

The winning films from the previous 48 Hour Challenges can be found here:

2017 The Postcard by Team Hasty Fellows 
2018 Connection Interrupted by Team Timo 
2019 Loving Alex by Team 48 Hours of Friendship 
2020 House of a Thousand Eyes by The People’s Republic of Cinema  
2021 Whale Fall by Team Hardback Films & Co.  

Questions and queries can be sent to

The Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge is an initiative of the Galway City of Film and is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.