Film Dash

Film Dash Rules


Some of these rules may be subject to clarification. If there’s anything that doesn’t make sense then please say so in the comments.

The following rules apply to each participating team:

  1. By registering to take part in Film Dash everyone involved in the making of the film (not just the person registering) agrees to abide by the listed conditions, without exception.
  2. Anyone wanting to take part in Film Dash is required to register by entering their details including at least one contact number for a lead team member.
  3. Film Dash will start on Friday 5 March 2010 at 7pm and finish on Sunday 7 March 2010 at 7pm.
  4. Teams must hand in their finished work to the organisers who will be sat in The Victoria pub, Birmingham. They’ll be there on Sunday 7 March 2010 from 4pm to 7pm and will leave promptly. Alternatively, you may upload your video to Youtube (not another video hosting service) and email the relevant URL for your film to
  5. Teams are allowed a maximum of 5 members (exclusive of cast).
  6. Every team taking part in Film Dash must have at least one member who is 18 years of age or over. Individuals entering must be 18 or over, or accompanied during any filming by someone 18 years old or over.
  7. Film Dash is open to filmmakers across the world as long as they can abide by these rules. All times are GMT.
  8. Efforts will be made to accommodate any team wishing to enter. However, the organisers reserve the right to limit the total number of teams to 100 on a first come, first served basis.
  9. All footage must be shot between the start and end times of the challenge (in rule 1 above). 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 weekend time period.
  10. Notwithstanding rule 9 above, still photographs and pre-recorded music and sound are permitted provided that the team has the appropriate rights to use them. Photos and music/sound must be credited.
  11. At the launch event teams will be given a list of required elements (for example, a character, prop, a line of dialogue) that must appear in the film. To be eligible for judging, each group’s film must contain all required elements.
  12. The finished film must be a minimum of one (1) minute in duration, and a maximum of five (5) minutes in duration (exclusive of credits).
  13. Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. This is in addition to the 5 minute maximum time limit. (For example, you may have a 5 minute film plus 1 minute of credits for a total running time of 6 minutes). Films exceeding either time limit will not be eligible.
  14. There are no restrictions on the types of equipment that can be used.
  15. The finished film/video must be submitted on a DVD or self-contained, SD, Quicktime file with no proprietary codecs on a data DVD or USB Flash Drive.
  16. The teams permit Meshed Media and anyone else involved in organising Film Dash to upload the completed films to video sharing sites including (but not limited to) YouTube and Vimeo. All videos uploaded will be credited as the relevant websites allow.
  17. The teams also permit Meshed Media and anyone else involved in organising Film Dash to arrange for their completed films to be compiled on to a DVD and distributed to entrants. Films may also be embedded on partner websites via Youtube.
  18. Finished film must start with a slate showing the team name and film title for five seconds before the film begins.
  19. Each team must secure talent releases and location releases, to be handed in with the finished work (if you don’t provide these your film will not be eligible).
  20. Films must include the following credit: “This film made as part of Film Dash”
  21. Teams will submit the following documents with its completed film/video: Signed Team Leader Agreement, Statement Certifying Compliance, Team Roster, Wrap-Up Questionnaire, and Talent/Location/Music Releases.
  22. A panel of judges will select a winning film from a shortlist of those deemed eligible.
  23. Any filming in ares not covered by the Birmingham filming permit must abide by local public filming rules.
  24. Any filming in public places (including, but not limited to, highways, parks, pedestrianised areas and city centre squares) is limited to the use of hand-held camera equipment and devices and a tripod only and is subject to the usual access granted to members of the public for those areas. Any equipment over and above this is not permitted to be used as part of any filming being carried out in public areas.
  25. Anyone filming may be asked to temporarily cease filming or to move to an alternative location, if it is deemed by either the Police or representatives of Birmingham City Council, that their presence is causing disruption to another planned event or highway works and/or is creating a risk to safety.
  26. Filming must not completely obstruct any footway or entrance or exit, and pedestrians must be able to pass freely, and safely, at all times. No nuisance must be caused to adjacent frontages, and access / egress for all businesses, customers and residents must be maintained at all times. Access for all Emergency vehicles and Birmingham City Council vehicles to any pedestrianised areas must be maintained at all times.
  27. Anyone filming – whether those operating equipment or those being filmed – must not position themselves on the carriageway, and no activity must take place that could obscure traffic signs or traffic signals for road users or restrict visibility for road users or which would dazzle or distract drivers. Those filming are not permitted to ride any mechanical vehicles over the public footway.
  28. Anyone filming must only use street furniture and/or park furniture for it’s designed purpose (i.e. sitting on seating, throwing rubbish in public bins etc). Any costs to repair or rectify damage caused to the highway or to street furniture or to park furniture during the course of filming – whether resulting directly or indirectly from the filming activity – will be fully met by those carrying out the filming.
  29. All public areas must be left clean and tidy, and as they were, once filming is completed, and any costs incurred to ensure this is the case, will also be met fully by those carrying out the filming.
  30. Anyone filming must not park any vehicles anywhere other than in places normally and legally available to the public for parking.
  31. Anyone filming must not film on or trespass on private land or in any private property without prior consent and permission from the owners of that property or land to do so. For information private land includes Bullring and other shopping centres, railway stations, Brindley Place, The Mailbox, and the canals and tow-paths.
  32. Anyone involved in filming must always pay due consideration to the sensitivities of the community in which they are filming ; any dress codes imposed on particular locations for religious reasons should be adhered to at all times; noise created by the filming must be kept to a minimum, especially between the hours of 10pm and 8am ; and members of the public must be treated with respect and courtesy at all times.
  33. Anyone filming must have adequate public and personal liability insurance for any activity that forms part of the filming. In the absence of Public Liability Insurance, and any other forms of insurance, those involved in the filming – in whatever capacity – confirm that Birmingham City Council, Arts Council, Bullring, Say Hello, Hello Digital, Chris Unitt, Meshed Media, Maverick TV and any associated bodies, will not be held liable for any incident, accident, occurrence or claim involving any member of the public, any person involved with the filming, or any public or private property, that occurs as a direct or indirect result of the filming activity or any associated activity – and that they indemnify those listed against any related future claim.
  34. The organisers reserve the right to amend these rules up until the beginning of the Challenge.
  35. As organiser, Meshed Media has the final decision on any matter.

7 Responses to "Film Dash Rules"

Could you clarify (part to do with rule 9). If I want to use a couple of musicians to write and produce a music track for the film (created and recorded during the challenge period) can these artisits be considered as part of the “cast” or would they have to be included as part of the 5 team members?

Russel – As long as you have the relevant rights to use the music it doesn’t matter when or by whom the music is produced. They won’t count as part of your team of five.


I don’t really understand how the location release form works – I’ve secured a location that we may use (depending on the extra info we get on friday) – however, if I don’t get this sorted during this working week, I won’t be able to do it before uploading the film (ie, over the weekend, when there’s nobody around in this location).

But, this also means I can’t complete the form during this working week, as I don’t know the title of the film (until we have the extra info…)

Looking forward to the weekend!



We’re going to ask everyone to sort their location and talent releases, but we now won’t be asking for them to be handed in on Sunday.

We will be sending out a form soon where teams agree to provide on request any release forms if required at any point in the future.

Hope this helps.

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Film Dash presents Birmingham's 48-hour film challenge, 5-7 March 2010.

Teams of film makers will script, shoot and edit a film in 48 hours.

Organised by Meshed Media in association with Say Hello, which is part of Hello Digital, Arts Council, Birmingham City Council, and Bullring.


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