Directors' 24 Hour Film Feat

11 November 2009

Steve Watson and RED Digital Camera

Director and University Lecturer Steve Watson with the RED digital camera equipment, which winners of the challenge will use to shoot their film.

With the 24 hour challenge we wanted to organise a film competition in support of 'no budget' films. The University and QUAD have been terrific help

Paul Hammond, Five Lamps Films Director

Heroes in movies often race against the clock to complete some impossible task - now those behind the camera are to be given just 24 hours to shoot an entire film.

The University of Derby, the city's QUAD centre for art and film, and Derby-based Five Lamps Films (which stages regular screenings of new local productions) are helping to run the city's first 24 hour film challenge - called FIVE/24 - for aspiring film makers.

Contestants will be given just 24 hours, across the weekend of November 21-22, to shoot and edit a fiction or non-fiction film on any subject, of no more than three minutes, from scratch. The films will be screened at the QUAD on the evening of Tuesday November 24, and a winning entry chosen.

The authors of the best picture will receive:

  • free training, with the University's Creative Exchange team, on its state-of-the-art RED digital camera, similar to those being used to shoot Hollywood blockbusters such as recent big budget movies Knowing (starring Nicholas Cage) and Angels and Demons (with Tom Hanks);
  • a chance to work with University experts on an approved script for their next project and three days' use of the RED camera on which to shoot it (within 12 months of the contest);
  • access to studio space at the University's Arts, Design and Technology site in Markeaton Street;
  • free QUAD cinema tickets and one year's QUAD membership.

Some financial help is also being provided towards the set-up costs of the competition and, if needed, towards the costs of the winning film crew's next project.

Paul Hammond, 26, a University of Derby film graduate and Five Lamps Films director, said: "There are a lot of good, independent film makers in Derby. A recent local film first screened here, Icharus Broken by the director Tom Wilton, went on to win Best Picture in an international film festival.

"With the 24 hour challenge we wanted to organise a film competition in support of 'no budget' films. The University and QUAD have been terrific help."

Professor Huw Davies - University Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology - has had his short films screened on BBC TV, as well as at more than 100 international film festivals. He is also Co-artistic Director and Chair of Board of the annual Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.

He said: "We have a long tradition of teaching film and photography at the University of Derby and were really keen to work with the next generation of filmmakers. This prize will give them the opportunity to access the very latest technology in film production, straight from Hollywood.

"I am really looking forward to viewing the results and seeing the creative potential, that I know is out there, unleashed."

Adam Buss, Deputy Director of QUAD added: "We are proud to be a key part of this exciting and innovative film competition, which will once again highlight the depth and breadth of film making talent in the region.

"QUAD is a home for all things creative and this is another part of what is a growing community of exceptional creative talent right here in Derby."

Entrants for the film challenge will be brought together at QUAD in the Market Place, Derby city centre, on the morning of Saturday November 21 and told the restrictions they'll have to work within. These include a unique object that they will need to include in every scene shot.

A panel of judges drawn from the University, QUAD and elsewhere will select a shortlist and a winner from the films brought back 24 hours after the competition begins. A premiere night screening will be held at QUAD on Tuesday November 24, at 6pm.

As well as the winner's prizes, the film crew in second place will receive £200 in gift vouchers to spend at digital media store the Square Apple Premium Reseller, free QUAD cinema tickets and a year's membership. Third prize will be free QUAD cinema tickets and a year's QUAD membership.

To enter the FIVE/24 competition go to for more information and to download an entry form.

The completed form should then be sent to Adam Marsh at, or posted or hand delivered to:

FIVE/ 24 Film Competition,
Market Place,
Cathedral Quarter.
Derby DE1 3AS.

Tel: 01332 285 444.

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