Flick Fest Lockdown Edition!

#MB48HFF2022 Challenge SAVE THE DATE Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2022

Named in honour of WIFF founder, Mark Boscariol, the 48-Hour FlickFest consists of a slate of short films shot and edited by local filmmakers and film lovers over one weekend. FlickFest is an intense,  movie-making challenge. Supplied with a line of dialogue, a character trait and a prop, filmmakers are given 48 hours to submit their film. This is a juried competition with $1350 in prizes and the screening includes award presentations for 8 awards. This challenge is accessible to any individual that wants to test their inner filmmaker.

What is FlickFest?

The Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest is a component of the Windsor International Film Festival and celebrates the ingenuity and
determination of filmmakers (of all levels!) by offering them a creative challenge:
Write, Shoot, Edit and Deliver a finished film in only 48 hours.

Who can participate?

Anyone and everyone! We encourage all to participate no matter the skill level.

What do I need?

Whatever you already have. Stay home and get creative with what is readily available to you. You don’t need fancy equipment, cell phones and webcams work just fine!

When is it happening?

The Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest: 2022 kicks off
ONLINE on Friday, Septemberer 23rd at 7p.m.

Gather your housemates and family members, cameras and iPhones, and creative spirit and participate in a truly crazy and rewarding 48-hour competition.


 “The end of the film, is the beginning of the conversation”

– Mark Boscariol

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Here’s what you need to do to participate in the Windsor International Film Festival’s Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest: Lockdown Edition:

  1. Gather a *team (*while following the Canadian Governement’s Emergency COVID-19 orders and protocols*) and select 1 person to be the producer (*Team Leader).
    These documents are in FlickFest Package.
  3. Go to the REGISTER TAB and register your *team (your producer). Here you will find all terms and conditions of the competition for reading and download. By registering your *team, you (Producer) and all your team members agree to the terms and conditions. You have to register by 11:59PM on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email on how to pay the entry fee (e-transfer).
  4. A *team representative must be at the online kickoff event on Friday, September 23rd at 7:00PM. The entry fee is $25 and registration will end at 11:59PM on the Thursday before the competition. All registration fees are final.
  5. At 6:55 PM EST on Friday, September 23rd, 2022 the *teams’ representatives will receive the 48-Hour FlickFest instruction package including the information about the character, prop, line of dialogue, and any other criteria that must be present in their films.
    The challenge begins…
  6. You will have the next 48 hours to complete your film.
  7. Submit your finished film by uploading it to Vimeo/Youtube or Google Drive and email secure, password protected link to flickfest@windsorfilmfestival.com by 7:00 pm EST on Sunday, September 25th, 2022. You will receive confirmation as soon as we check the validity of your link. 7:01 pm EST on Sunday, September 25th is too late. No excuses!
  8. Relax, recoup, and recover!
  9. Attend the 48-Hour FlickFest Screening and Awards Night at the WIFF 2022 festival!
Download FlickFest Package

The Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest package contains the following:

• Rules & Regulations
• General Release
• Minor’s Release
• Music Release
• Liability Waiver
• Participant’s Agreement
• Required FlickFest Elements
• Certificate (emailed to us at the completion of your film)


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Goal: Write, shoot and edit a short film in 48 hours.

Who supplies the equipment?

We don’t know. Your team is responsible for securing all technical equipment. WIFF does not provide any gear. But filmmaking can be done on your DSLR, digital camera, smart phone, tablet, webcam or virtually. Anyone can be a filmmaker, but you have to figure out how!

The Rules:

  • Any resident of Canada, the United States, or around the world can compete.
  • At least one team representative must attend the kick-off event on Friday, September 23rd at 7:00PM
  • You must submit your final film link to FlickFest coordinator by Sunday, September 25th. Deadline is at 7:00PM.
  • Everyone must volunteer to be a part of the film.
  • The FlickFest is open to all skill levels, from novice to seasoned professional
  • All participants are required to follow and practice the Canadian government public health measures for risk & prevention in response to COVID-19.
  • The finished film must include all of the required ‘FlickFest Elements’, and be within 1 to 5 minutes in length, credits not included.

Can we prep anything before the FlickFest begins?

Yes, you may secure locations, cast/crew, equipment and music before the challenge begins however all other aspects of the film including: writing, wardrobe, props, shooting, editing, and effects must be completed within the 48-hour time period. This must be followed and is strictly enforced.

What happens if I don’t get my film in on time?

7 pm EST on Sunday, September 25th, 2022, is the cut-off for the competition. Time management is the defining principle of this contest.  No sob stories of any kind will be accepted. Please get your film in within 48 Hours because we hate seeing people cry and because real filmmakers take in consideration the time it takes to compress video for the web, as well as Vimeo uploading and processing time. Your film will not be taken into consideration for the competition if it misses this deadline.

What are “FlickFest Elements”?

FlickFest elements are the specifics that you must incorporate into your film. These elements include a line of dialogue, a prop, and a character. You will be judged on your ability to creatively incorporate these elements into your story in a seamless fashion. Each team will work with the same elements.

How many team members can I have?

There are not restrictions for the amount of team members each team can have. Use all the bells and whistles you like to make the best film possible. As long as it is finished in 48 hours and follows all Flickfest rules.

Can we use stock footage in our film?

No, stock footage is not permitted. All of your film elements (excluding music) must be made within the 48-hour time period.

My friend is in a band, can I use his / her music in my film?

Yes, you can, but you must get them to sign a release form granting you permission to use their music.


What are the technical guidelines for our film?

Your film must be submitted on Google Drive or via a secure Vimeo link. Ensure your media is not corrupted!

What are the time considerations for our film?

Title Card requirements of Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest: Lockdown Edition

Your film must be within 1-5 minutes not including credits.

Credits must be under 20 seconds.

What format can we shoot on?

You may shoot on any format with any device – DV, HD, HDV, .mov, .mp4 etc.; however, your finished film must be submitted on Google Drive or on Vimeo with a secure link.  No exceptions. Films not submitted on Google Drive or Vimeo will not be screened or considered for competition.

Can we use multiple cameras? 

Yes, you can.

Any credit specifications?

Yes, see Rules and Regulations!


Additional Releases

Use these releases if you have a minor on your team, or if you need a release for your music, background, location and/or product. Keep them on file with your producer. You do not have to hand this in!

  • Terms & Agreements
  • General Release
  • Minors Release
  • Music Cue Sheet


What is the 48-Hour FlickFest?

It’s your chance to stop talking and start filming!

The premise? Filmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film.

All creativity, such as writing, shooting, editing, must occur within a 48-hour window beginning Friday evening at 7:00 pm and ending by Sunday at 7:00 pm.

How much does it cost?

The registration fee for the entire team is $25 CDN. Registered teams will receive instructions on how to e-transfer the team fee.

What are the films about?

Each team will be given a prop, and a line of dialogue, and a character. Everything else is up to you.

Who sees the films?

Films submitted on time will be eligible to be shown at the Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest Screening and Awards Ceremony on a future date during the Windsor International Film Festival. Times and dates are TBA. All films will also be available on WIFF’s Youtube Page. This is your chance to get a film screened in front of any audience as part of the Windsor International Film Festival social media channels. The number of films selected for the 48-Hour FlickFest screening will depend on the number of films and the lengths completed. The screening may include all films completed on time, or a selection picked by our judges.

Who are the filmmakers?

The 48-Hour FlickFest is open to all filmmakers, pro and novice alike. Rules state that all team members (crew and cast) must be volunteers.

How long are the films?

The films must be short, a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 5 minutes, excluding 20 seconds max of credits.

How is the event advertised?

The event will be promoted through the Internet and social networking sites (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram), and good ol’ fashioned word of mouth.

Are there awards or prizes?

Yes. One film will be chosen as the Mark Boscariol Best of FlickFest Award and $500CDN. Furthermore, there are opportunities to win one or more of our following juried prizes:

  • Best Editing – $100 CDN
  • Best Directing – $100 CDN
  • Best Cinematography – $100 CDN
  • Best Acting Performance – $100 CDN
  • Best Screenplay (Writing) – $100 CDN
  • Best Sound Mixing – $100 CDN
  • People’s Choice – $250 CDN

Who judges the films? 

A panel of judges will consist of filmmakers, actors, film critics, and (or) producers.

Judging Criteria:  

  • Artistic Merit (e.g., Story, Creativity, Entertainment Value) (60%)
  • Technical Merit (40%)