WAT 48 Hours Challenge

Wide Angle Tasmania invites Tasmanians to team up and script, shoot, edit and submit a short film... all in 48 hours!

In 2021, the challenge runs from 7pm Friday Sept 24 – 7pm Sunday September 26. Check out the full terms and conditions of entry here.

The WAT 48 Hours Challenge is a competition in which registered teams make a short film – including writing, shooting, editing and scoring – over a 48-hour period. The competition is open to both amateur and professionals.

REGISTER HERE for the WAT 48 Hours Challenge 2021.

Registration costs just $75 - and includes one complimentary ticket to the Awards & Screening event. If your team includes an under 25 then it's free to enter - and you'll be eligible to apply for a production grant valued at $750 worth of free equipment hire for the competition.

For more info or to answer your questions, get in touch by email or call us on 6223 8344


Prizes to be awarded include:

  • A $1,000 cash prize to the best film with a crew member aged under 25
  • A $500 gear hire voucher from Wide Angle Tasmania
  • more to come!

Production Grants available

If your team includes a member aged 25 or under then your team can apply for a production grant valued at $750 worth of free equipment hire to use over the challenge weekend.  More info and application pack here.  Get in quick - we'll be awarding production grants as we receive them.

Awards & Screening October 1

The films are screened at a finale event on Friday October 1, 2021.  Prizes will be awarded by our panel of professional filmmakers.

Looking for team-mates?

Come along to our special crew meet-up session at the Wide Angle Screen Centre on September 3 at 6pm - you'll have a chance to meet and connect with others who are interested in forming a team. You can also join the WAT 48 Hours Facebook Group and find others in the same boat! 

Are you under 25 & interested in working with Wide Angle on this project?

Front of House/Bar staff
To help run the gala awards event/s on October 1 we're looking to employ some front of house and bar staff - this is an opportunity for people aged 25 and under.  Bar staff will need to hold their RSA.  
Please complete the expression of interest before 5pm Sept 9

For more info call us on 6223 8344 mob. 0478 150 206.


August 1 Registrations open - complete your registration online here
5pm Aug 9 EOI for U25 Content creator AND U25 Tech Support & projection AND FOH/Bar roles
6pm Friday September 3 WAT 48 Hours Crew Meet-up - more info here
5pm Tuesday Sept 21 registrations close
7pm Friday Sept 24 Teams collect their prompt package from Wide Angle (Hobart or Launceston venues TBC)
Sat 25th & Sun 26th Tech support available via phone/zoom or in person at WAT (times TBC)
7pm Sunday Sept 26 Completed films submitted 
6pm Friday October 1 WAT 48 Hours Premiere screening and awards event - more info here










Some useful tips from Rob Braslin - 48 Hour film Challenge Alumni and Awards Host extraordinaire 

Rob Braslin

Q: Have you ever had a go at making a film in 48hrs?

Rob: “I was lucky enough to be a part of three 48-hour Tasploitation film challenges, which included a creepy voodoo movie and a scary clown movie - wild fun times, my first time acting ever!”

Q: How would you recommend managing your time in the challenge?

Rob: “We had a producer who was making sure we stuck to the schedule. This was great help because 2 days goes fast when you are having fun making something with your friends. I was acting the years I entered, so my day finished after shooting, and the rest of the team who weren't acting packed down and looked over the footage, sometimes without sleeping or eating. Consider having someone in charge to remind you.”

“If something isn't working take a short break, play a game, watch a cat video, make a delicious cake, if you step away for 30 minutes you will come back feeling refreshed. This is beneficial to the final cut, as you go back to creating with fresh eyes and not feel like you are racing against the clock.”

Q: What would you like to see out of the films?

Rob: “I can't speak for the judges, but I would be looking for potential, that isn't always in the more pro looking film, you might have pulled off an unreal shot with a phone cam, an actor might have given a really stand out performance in a movie called Fart Phone (my next film) you might have written Fart Phone so well someone wants to turn it into a feature (I have written it, if anyone wants to talk please reach out).”

Q: What advice do you have for filmmakers entering this challenge?

Rob: “2 days is hard to pull this all off, you aren't probably going to be able everything exactly the way you wanted, and it's okay, you learn so much from doing these things, you get to hang out with friends and meet some other cool creative types, if you have always wanted to be involved in film making this is a great first step.”

“Do your best in the challenge, I expect excellent films! However, the important thing is to have fun and show love to each other. Go forward now, and make the greatest short films made in 48 hours, the power is in your hands.”


Check out some of the great work created by our Under 25 content creators!

WAT 48 Hours Challenge poster

We are thrilled to introduce our 48 Hours judging panel (starting clockwise from top right) Caitlin Richardson, David Gurney and Monique Brumby!!

Together with our fabulous host Rob Braslin, this is one all-star line up of creatives excited to see what will be produced in just 48 Hours & offer up some tips for what to do when the pressure hits 😉 😃
Caitlin Richardson - “If in doubt, get your characters talking and make them uncomfortable. Relish in their discomfort!”
Caitlin is a writer from lutruwita/Tasmania whose theatre work has been produced in nipaluna/Hobart, Launceston and Sydney, and adapted for ABC Radio National. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours in English/Creative Writing from the University of Tasmania and in 2016 her series of plays was nominated for a Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Writing. She also works as a high school English teacher and is delighted that The Tailings (SBS, 2021) is her first television drama credit.
David Gurney - “Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like hell!”
David is a well-known creator of animated television series and interactive media. He created, wrote, directed and produced Australia's first CGI animated television series, Hoota & Snoz, and has directed and produced eighteen other TV series and a feature length telemovie. David is a co-founder and co-owner of Blue Rocket Productions, a multi award winning animation studio based in Hobart, Tasmania, and is the Acting Chair of Wide Angle Tasmania.
Monique Brumby - “Don’t get too far up your own bum hole!”
ARIA award winning musician Monique Brumby stumbled her way into pop stardom at the age of 20. She made such an impression that they named a bakery after her. Her dad was responsible for the hit single ‘Brumby Brothers Hardware’ on the roundabout at Mornington, where all her dreams still come true! Brumby has something to live for with this cool Wide Angle 48 Hour Challenge. She will find it hard to select the winners, so be prepared to get a ‘Highly Commended’!
Rob Braslin - “The important thing is to have fun and show love to each other.”
Rob is a Murri writer, comedian and actor from the nipaluna suburb of Clarendon Vale. He started performing stand-up comedy in 2013 and it’s led to all sorts of exciting opportunities in the wonderful world of storytelling. Rob leans into projects that challenge, inspire and educate him; whether it's acting on screen and stage or writing and directing a horror film in his home town. Rob loves making short films and is looking forward to all the chuckles, tears and sighs that your 48 hour masterpieces elicit on screening night!

The WAT 48 Hours Challenge is proudly presented by...



This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts


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