Screenings & Award Ceremonies:


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, hyper-local 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 and the screening includes award presentations.

Friday, Nov. 8, 8:45 p.m., Capitol Theatre (Pentastar)


Emily Buller, Keith Kemps & Andy Markowitz

FlickFest Street Party

Join us in WIFF Village outside the Capitol Theatre after the ceremony for a licensed party presented by Element Entertainment. Admission is free.

~ 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:

  1. Gather a team (as many people as you need) 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 Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 6:59pm
  4. A team representative must be at the kickoff orientation meeting on Friday, October 4, 2019 between 6:30PM7:00PM, EST at Wildeman Center for the Creative Arts, Room 102 (MakeLab), Next to the Armouries building. The entry fee is $50 and registration will end at 7:00 pm EST, when the 48-hour countdown begins. All registration fees are final.
  5. At 6:55 PM EST on Friday, October 4, 2019 the teams’ representatives will receive the 48-Hour FlickFest instruction package including the information about the character, prop, line of dialogue, and theme for the films.
    The challenge begins…
  6. You will have the next 48 hours to complete your film.
  7. Submit your finished film ahearing to the WIFF projection rules and guidelines or upload it to Vimeo and email secure, password protected link to [email protected] by 7:00 pm EST on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the WIFF Office, or online. You will receive confirmation as soon as we check the validity of your link. 7:01pm EST on October 6, 2019 is too late. No excuses!
  8. Relax, recoup, and recover!
  9. Attend the 48-Hour FlickFest Screening and Awards Night at the Pentastar, Capitol Theatre during WIFF 2019.
Full 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)

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.

The Rules:

  • Any resident of Canada or the United States can compete.
  • You must send at least one team representative to the Windsor kick-off event on Friday, October 4, 2019.
  • You must send at least one team representative to the submission drop-off on Sunday, October 6, 2019 (if you are submitting physical copy).
  • The team producer must be 18 years or older.
  • Everyone must volunteer to be a part of the film.
  • The FlickFest is open to all skill levels, from novice to seasoned professional.

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, October 6, 2019 is the cut off for 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 expect traffic jams (and trains to cross on Dougall), and they 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 a competition, but it will be screened at the 48-Hour FlickFest Screening and Awards Night at the Capitol Theatre (provided it is sent in to our email address one week prior to the screening).

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, a theme, and a character. You can choose your own genre, just make sure you put that on the title card. 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. The prop, line of dialogue, and character will be given to you upon registration.

How many team members can I have?

As many as you want! Use all the bells and whistles you like to make the best film possible. As long as it is finished in 48 hours.

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.


Who needs to come to the Windsor kickoff?

We encourage all team members to come to the 48-hour kickoff, but at least one representative, the “producer”,must be present. The producer must be present to complete the registration and receive the FlickFest elements.

What do we need to bring to the Windsor kickoff?

You will register your team through our website prior to kick-off, so all you need to bring is your non-refundable $50 entry fee.


What do we hand in at the drop-off?

You must submit your finished film on DVD or USB device. Your film’s Certification must be emailed by the drop-off deadline October 6, 7:00pm.

Are there any rating restrictions?

Yes. Limited explicit language and mature themes will be permitted, but keep in mind that one of the end goals for these films is that they will be shown in front of a large and mixed audience, so keep it within reason. Nothing more risqué than a PG-13 rating will be screened.


What are the technical guidelines for our film?

Your film must be submitted on Google Drive, USB device, orvia secure Vimeo link. USB devices will be returned at the screening, not before or after. Ensure your media is not corrupted!

What are the time considerations for our film?

Title Card of Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest logo

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 – DV, HD, HDV, Film, Beta etc.; however, your finished film must be submitted on Google Drive, USB device, or on Vimeo.  No exceptions. Films not submitted on Google Drive, USB device, 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 $50 CDN.

What are the films about?

Each team will be given a prop, and a line of dialogue, a genre, character, and a theme that must be a part of their film. Everything else is up to you.

Who sees the films?

Films submitted on time will be eligible to be shown at the 48-Hour FlickFest Screening. This is your chance to get a film screened in front of an adoring audience as part of the Windsor International Film Festival. 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 including credits.

How is the event advertised?

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

Is this a contest?

Yes. One film will be chosen as the Mark Boscariol Best of FlickFest 2019 Award. Also, the list of awards will be announced closer to the FlickFest’s date.

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%)