Clones Film Festival announces 7th ‘Francies’ Short Film Challenge

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Clones Film Festival 2013 in association with Clones Credit Union Ltd. has launched the seventh annual Short Film Challenge. The challenge invites filmmakers, writer and crew to script, prep, scout locations, cast, rehearse, film, edit and present a finished short film in just 48 hours.

The winner will receive the prestigious ‘Francie’ jury award.

The much coveted audience award is also up for grabs.

Each team will be given a budget of €400 to cover all expenses – petrol, phones, art dept, photocopying, costumes, make-up, catering, etc. Accommodation is not provided but festival organisers will provide assistance with accommodation seeking if necessary.  The rest: location permissions, cast, props etc. is up to you. Clones Film Festival will provide a production assistant who will liaise with the teams and act in an advisory capacity. For a full list of the rules and regulations contact Seamie at

How To Take Part.

Interested production teams are invited to submit a detailed proposal of the film they wish to make (max 200 words). Films can be any genre – drama, documentary, stop-motion animation, though it must be feasible to shoot in one day with a skeleton crew. Feasibility will be taken into account when proposals are judged.

Films must be at least 3 minutes long and no longer than 9 minutes they MUST be completed over the weekend (Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October 2013). Deadline for receipt of the finished films is 12 Midday on Sunday 27th October. All filmmakers must be able to attend the ‘Francies’ award ceremony on the closing night of the festival, Sunday 27th October.

Deadline for entries is September 28th 2013 and entries and proposals must be submitted by e-mail. Submissions will be acknowledged within 24 hours.

Send your proposal, team name and C.V. or credits of your proposed project’s director/producer, camera operator, editor and any other key crew to

For more info call Séamie on 086 3545424.

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