POSTED ON – 08.03.17

SSR Manchester - SSR & Manchester Film Festival host ’48 Hour Film Challenge’ for the first time at this year’s festival.
SSR & Manchester Film Festival host ’48 Hour Film Challenge’ for the first time at this year’s festival.
As a new addition to the Manchester Film Festival (MANIFF), we teamed up with festival organisers, to challenge teams of film-makers from around the country to create, film, edit and screen a film within 48 hours.

Meeting at SSR on Friday morning, teams were briefed before rushing off to fit in as much production time as possible before their Sunday deadline. Loaded up with equipment, teams were told their short films should be a maximum of 5 minutes long and must meet the following criteria:

1. It must include the Dr. Seuss line: ‘Be who you are, say what you feel…those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.’
2. It must have a female lead
3. It must include a star, somewhere in the film

These aspects represent the three main strands of this year’s festival, emphasising ‘Rising Stars’ in the independent film industry, ‘Women in Film’ and how important it is to ‘Be who you are and say what you feel’.

"Launching this year, The 48 Hour film challenge was a great success. We got to see a lot of creativity from the teams, and some fantastic films where produced. Everyone involved thought that the standard of the submitted films was very high, and the screenings got a great response from the audience. It really goes to show how tough this challenge is when only 40% of the teams actually completed it. This event will definitely be back as part of MANIFF 2018 and I hope it goes from strength to strength!"

– Neil Jeram-Croft (Co-Founder of the Manchester Film Festival)

Out of the 20 teams who took part in the challenge, a total of 8 films were submitted, and one film titled ‘Be Myself’ really stood out from its competition, meeting all of the challenge criteria through a carefully written monologue which was delivered on screen by their female lead. After having their films screened as part of the festival’s final day, the team of student film-makers were recognised at Sunday’s awards ceremony, alongside the rest of this year’s award winners.

The level of creativity seen throughout this competition was amazing, and SSR’s sponsorship of industry events like this, and involvement with them, perfectly highlights our commitment to remaining active and relevant within the Film, Music and Games industries.

If you’re passionate about the world of film, or considering a career in the film industry, why not check out our range of Manchester-based courses:

Ba(Hons) 3D Film Production (3 year degree course)
Film Production (6 month Industry Diploma)
Film Production – Summer School (5 Day Short Course)
Media Composer 101 – Media Composer Editing Essentials (3 Day Short Course)

For more information on our film courses, please do not hesitate in contacting our Course Advisor, Daniel Buxton, on 0161 276 2119 or send an email enquiry to