48MVP Official Filmmaking Rules
These rules are for the 48 Hour Music Video Project. To view the rules for the 48 Hour Film Project, please click here.
The following rules apply to each participating film team and band:
- The 48 Hour Music Video Project ("48MVP") is a film competition where bands and film teams are paired in order to make a music video in only 48 hours.
- "Band" refers to any musical band or solo artist.
- "Film Team" refers to any filmmaker or filmmaking team.
- "Kickoff" refers to the start of the competiton where each band and each film team will be paired through a random drawing/selection process described below, and be required to make a music video of one of the band's songs.
- The 48 Hour Music Video Project ("48MVP") will occur in cities around the world on different weekends throughout the year.
- The 48 Hour Music Video Project will occur between a Friday 7pm local time and the following Sunday 7pm local time. This is the "Official 48 Hour Time Period". (Days of competition may vary in some countries.)
- The participating group/team must complete its film/video work in time to deliver it to a location to be announced, on Sunday by 7:30pm.
- Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition. All films received on Sunday (on-time and late) will be screened.
- Writing the script
- Costume/Set Design
- Sound Design
- Outputting to tape or other media
- Organizing Crew
- Organizing Cast
- Securing Equipment
- Scouting/Securing Locations
- No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used.
- Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the 48 hour time period. (Note: Stock footage as part of a special effect in a third party special effects program is permissible.)
- Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the 48 hour time period; however, stills created outside of the official 48 hour time period may not be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion.
- At the event, each Team Leader and Band Producer must submit a complete Team/Band Leader's Agreement, signed by its leader. (This form can be found on the 48 Hour Film Project website.) A team or band may not participate without submitting this agreement.
- Each film team will draw the name of 2 bands at the Kickoff and will select one. Film team leaders will be provided with information on the bands in advance. The last team to draw will only have one option of a band. Drawing order will be established in a random drawing.
Cameras used for a purpose other than recording video footage (for example, as props, editing decks, sound recorders, or to record solely behind-the-scenes footage) are allowed in addition to this three camera limit.
A participating band is expected to use pre-recorded music; however the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its video and must provide releases for all music used. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them.
This rule applies without regard to whether the song parody arguably constitutes "fair use" under US or international copyright law.
The end credits must include the words:
"This video was made for the 48 Hour Film Music Video Project. www.48musicvideo.com"
Opening credits are considered to be part of the video, and therefore count against the 5 minute maximum. Additionally, if your video has opening credits other than simply the video's title, you must include one of the following:
- the text "[your team name] presents" immediately followed by "a 48 Hour Music Video Project" or
- the text "a 48 Hour Music Video Project" immediately following the title of your video "a 48 Hour Music Video Project" should not be in quotes and may be entirely lowercase (i.e., "a 48 hour video project").
(preferred) a self-contained Quicktime file with no proprietary codecs on either:
- a data DVD, or
- a USB flash drive
- playable DVD
- We recommend that each team submit two copies of the final video.
- We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your video. (If your video has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.)
- Projection specs vary from theater to theater and are beyond the control of the 48HFP. If your video is very dark, it may be difficult to see in the theater.
- All videos received on the evening of the deadline (on-time and late) will be screened, presuming they are eligible.
- 5 seconds of black
- A title card with: team name, title, genre, city, and date
- A title card with: "This video was made for the 48 Hour Music Video Project 2011. www.48musicvideo.com"
- 2 seconds of black
- Your video
In the very unlikely event that the video is sold, the proceeds should be divided 50% to the Team Leader and 50% to the Band Producer. Should the 48HFP sell the film on behalf of the parties, the proceeds will be split as follows: 10% to 48HFP; 45% to Band Leader; 45% to Film Team Leader.
Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the 48HFP, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. 48HFP reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible. 48HFP also reserves the right to refuse to screen a video or to make an announcement at the screening regarding the content of the video.