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Can you make a movie from start to finish – write, film, and edit – in only 48 hours? 

Hosted by UK Libraries, the Student Media Depot, and the UK Smart Campus Initiative, the 48 Hour Film Race challenges students to create a short film over one weekend while incorporating four film elements – genre, character, prop, and a line of dialogue – drawn randomly from a hat.

The race begins with a kick-off meeting on Friday, March 22 at 6:00 pm in the Student Media Depot, located in the Basement of William T. Young Library. All participating students must attend the kick-off meeting to register their teams and draw their film elements.

After the kick-off meeting, teams begin their mad dash to make their movie over the next 48 hours. 

On Friday, March 29, the UK campus community is invited to the 48 Hour Film Race Screening & Award Ceremony, a celebratory movie night complete with popcorn and candy in the Young Library Auditorium. All of the films created during the race will be screened in front of an audience of fellow filmmakers, friends, and families. 

Film race organizers will hand out several superlative awards and announce a Best Film winner. Winning teams will receive filmmaking-related prizes, including ring lights, lapel mics, hard drives, headphones, and a vlogging kit.

All participating teams are invited to submit their films to the UK Student Film Festival, held April 26.

For additional questions or accommodations, please contact Lissette De La Cruz at

RSVPs are appreciated.