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48hr DubC Film Race

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School of Humanities 
Phone: 610-436-2420 

School of Visual and Performing Arts 
Phone: 610-436-2755 (Art + Design) 
Phone: 610-436-3463 (Theatre and Dance)

Poetry Center 
Phone: 610-436-2598 

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West Chester University, Cheyney University, the West Chester Film Festival, and West Chester Together are sponsoring the Third Annual 48HR DubC Film Race (48HRFR). The 48HRFR is a 48-Hour Student Video Competition open to all currently registered West Chester University, Cheyney University, and WCU Philly campus undergraduate students. Student teams of one or more students will produce a 3-5 minute film– write it, shoot it, edit it, and produce it... all in just 48 hours! Come join us on April 5, 2019 to draw for your film genre, a prop from our West Chester community partners, and a line of dialogue then... GO! You do not need previous film experience to form or join a team. Tech is ready for check out or produce and edit on your own phone. Films are all judged by an international panel of film industry experts and winners at our April 25, 2019 awards reception teams can walk away with cash and prizes including the chance to have your film screened at the West Chester Film Festival, which qualifies you for an IMDB page.

Official Contest Rules

The following rules apply to all participating groups/teams.

  1. In the 48-hour period, all creativity will take place including but not limited to:
    • Writing the Script / Rehearsing / Costume/set design / Shooting / Editing / Sound design.
    • The only work that may begin prior to the 48-hour period is: organizing crew/cast, securing equipment/securing locations.
    • All footage must be shot within the 48-hour period.
    • No stock footage or footage shot at another time may be used.
    • Animation and special effects may be used, but must be created during the 48-hour period.
  2. Each participating group must have at least one representative attend the official Kick-Off Event held in Main Hall Room 200 on April 5, 2019 at 5:30pm. At the event, each group representative will select the genre of its film in a random drawing. In addition, each group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film, such as a prop and or line of dialogue. To qualify as an official contest film, each group’s film must be in the genre it selects and must contain all required elements. No swapping of genre, prop or dialogue.
  3. The finished film must be a minimum of 3 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 5 minutes in duration.
  4. The electronic file version of the film must be delivered by Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM to our online submission site. No late file submissions will be reviewed or considered. Further submission details will be disseminated at the Kick-Off Event.
  5. Before the film begins, there should be a 5-10 second slate listing the following: Team name, title of film, prop, line, genre. In addition to 3 seconds of filler (black screen).
  6. Each team must secure appearance releases from all on screen participants. Those releases must be submitted to the Film Race organizers along with the finished film. The film will not be screened if the signed releases are not submitted to the required time and location.
  7. Each team must ensure rights to all filming locations. While it is permissible to film in outdoor locations on the campus of West Chester University, participants must obtain permission from the University administration before filming inside campus buildings. Also, participants must obtain permission before filming in or on the property of any private owner.
  8. Each participating group must have a representative at the official screenings and award ceremony held the evening of Thursday, April 25, 2019 in West Chester University's Sykes Student Union Center. All certified official 48-hour films are eligible to be screened, viewed in the future as part of the DubC Film Race, and compete for the title of 2019 top film as well as other notable recognitions. A panel of independent judges will determine the winners.
  9. Content of the film/video must be in compliance with the West Chester University Student Code of Conduct. The organizers reserve the right to not screen any film if (a) a Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Form is not received from each individual who participated in a film/video, or (b) the film/video contains any conduct that violates the Code of Conduct.
  10. The organizers reserve the right to not screen any film that depicts hardcore or graphic sex, gratuitous violence, or illicit drug use, or that the project organizers consider pornographic.
  11. Music: Participating groups are encouraged to work with local composers or other musicians to write and record music for the films. We realize this may be difficult to achieve. Therefore it is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music. HOWEVER the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film. These rights should be clearly articulated in the video credits.
  12. Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds and must include the following credit: "The preceding film was made as part of the 2019 DubC 48-Hour Film Race Student Video Competition at West Chester University of PA."

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2019 First Place Film

Congratulations to 'Filmmaka Films' team (Markus Boulanger, Annie Pena, Alex Harding, Tiffany Newkirk, Julia Campbell, Sean Smith) for their top ranked film "Sugar Rush."

2019 First Place Film


Interested in making a film? Want to see the products of our past film makers and winners? Click the buttons below for links to our finalized and submitted films. Each film identifies which film elements (genre, prop from our West Chester community partners, and line of dialogue) was drawn by the team as well as a full cast and production team. You will see small and large teams from across all majors and experience levels.


Each final film submission is qualified for judging from our below international panel. We have partnered with the 15th Annual International West Chester Film Festival and the WCU College of Arts & Humanities along with our community partners to award our top films with cash, prizes, and recognition.

Awards and recognitions will be presented as part of the red carpet screening. A team representative must be present to receive the awards and associated prizes – and to chat up our judging panel and film industry representatives.


THANK YOU to our 48HRFR partners in the West Chester area community. These amazing organizations and community members have provided props, tech support, funding, prizes, gift bags, and more. Our community partners include:

Would you like to work with the Race? We want to include your organization. Contact us and a 48HRFR Board Member will reach out to make it happen.


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2x Emmy Award Winner

Krystal photo

Reality TV Producer

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Freelance Production Manager


Kendall photo

Freelance Production Coordinator

Yves photo

International Visual Artist



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