Annual FlashLit Film Adaption Challenge kicks off Friday
The Department of English and Communications is encouraging students to take a break from their studies for the chance to win $300 in prizes by participating in the third annual FlashLit Film Adaptation Challenge.
The challenge, which begins Friday, April 17, requires students to adapt a literary work into a three- to five-minute film in just 72 hours. Similar to the nationally successful 48-hour film festivals, filmmakers will not receive any information about the work they will adapt or other in-film requirements until the official kickoff event.
During the kickoff event, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in the McKillop Library, Room 106, student teams will sign up, learn tips for quickly crafting a successful film and discover what work they must adapt. At least one representative from each team must be present at the kickoff event.
Teams will have the weekend to script, film and edit their short film before submitting it on DVD or flash drive by 5 p.m. Monday, April 20. The submitted films will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the DiStefano Lecture Hall, where the judges will award prizes in various categories and the audience will vote for a “fan favorite” prize.
- Teams of up to three students plus any number of cast and crew may participate.
- Students may assist on as many films as they like, but may only be an official team member for one film.
- The literary work to be adapted will be selected in advance by department faculty. It will be a short and recognizable piece such as a short story or poem.
- Adaptations could be sincere or satirical, period or contemporary, done in the style of a film trailer or documentary.
- Submissions will be judged based on originality, engagement with source material and technical execution.
The challenge is cosponsored by the Office of University Relations and McKillop Library. For more information, email Dr. D. Matthew Ramsey at email@example.com.