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50 Hour Film Challenge

           Fredonia Film Festival



May 14th
                             6:00-7:00 PM                              50 W. Main St, Fredonia NY


Check in for the 50 Hour Challenge, and get ready to enter the gauntlet. Need to register your team? You can do that here!

7:00 - 7:30pm

Film Information

Elements that must be included in your film will be given out, along with any other last minute announcements.


Filming begins!

Your team now has 50 hours to create your film. Remember the rules, you can find them here if you need a refresher.





May 16th
10:oo pm

Film Deadline

You and your team have done it! Films submitted by the deadline will move on to be screened during the festival.

10:30 - 2:00am

Team Mixer

Take the night to relax and celebrate your accomplishments! 




                                         May 26th                                                                      Fredonia Technology Incubator                              214 central ave dunkirk ny 14084

10:00 - 10:30 AM 

 Opening Statements

Festival Director Elizabeth Church-Peters and Venture Productions Owner (and producer of the Fredonia Film Festival) Ted Sharon welcome everyone to the first annual Fredonia Film Festival. 1st Floor.


10:30 - 11:00 Am 

"A Day in the Life of an Actor"

A mockumentary film following a young actor in a university setting. Submitted by Devon Hadley and Zachary Thomas of SUNY Fredonia. 1st Floor.


11:00 - 12:00 pm 

Bobby Gott

Have you always wanted to be a part of the Buffalo film scene? Bobby will give you places to start and the plethora of different ways to get involved. 2nd Floor.


12:00 - 12:15 pm 

"Thought Bubbles"

Film Express (Guaranteed delivery in 50 hours or less)'s film created for the 50 Hour Film Challenge. 1st Floor.


12:00 - 1:00 pm 


Find a tasty spot in Dunkirk or Fredonia to grab a bite, and maybe take in beautiful Lake Erie. 


12:15 - 12:30 pm

Experimental Set 1: What the World Sees & Yūrei

Different is special so why not call it special; celebrate our individuality as people, as artists and who we are. Submitted by Vanessa Raffaele of SUNY Fredonia. A young woman encounters a spirit, subtitled. Submitted by Jordan Kucharski of SUNY Fredonia. 1st Floor.


12:30 - 1:00 pm 

Krellraiser (PG-13, language, mild violence)

Richard, a lonely college student, meets a new friend and embarks on a journey of adventure and heartbreak. Submitted by Sean Smith of SUNY Fredonia. 1st Floor.


1:15 - 2:00 pm

Sarah Schwab

Page to Screen: Writing Your Film: You've got an idea for a film, but now you've got to write you scrip. Get advice from someone who's "been there, done that."


2:00 - 2:15 pm

"Doctor Ludwig"

An eighteen-year-old girl finds out the truth behind her psychiatrist's therapy methods which aim to pair up teens with terminally ill adults. Submitted by Matthew Arkema of Syracuse University. 1st Floor.


2:30 - 2:45 pm

"Drawn and Cornered" (PG, mild violence)

After acquiring a deck of Tarot cards, two college students soon realize this isn't just a card game. Submitted by Sean Smith of SUNY Fredonia. 1st Floor.

3:00 - 3:15 pm

Experimental Set 2: Black & Drip Knock

Coffee can make people go crazy. Submitted by Brandon Lynch of SUNY Fredonia.  Don't get locked in the basement.  Submitted by Sean Smith of SUNY Fredonia. 1st Floor.

3:30 - 4:00 pm

"Burning at Both Ends"

Geo 9's film created for the 50 Hour Film Challenge. 1st Floor.

4:00 - 4:45 pm

Franco Sama

A single film pitch could change your life. If you haven't yet mastered the art, don't worry, Franco is here to help. Via Skype. 2nd Floor.

4:45 - 5:00 pm


A jilted, jaded government agent is scheduled for a fighting match with an android in a secret project. Submitted by Pandora Kew of SUNY Fredonia. 1st Floor.

5:00 - 5:45 Pm

Bobby Gott & Sarah Schwab

Making a feature on a shoestring budget. It can be done, hear from 2 people who've done it! 2nd Floor.

5:45 - 6:00 pm 

"Inspired, Not Standardized"

Newbie Production's (a 3rd grade class based in CA) film created for the 50 Hour Film Challenge. 1st floor.


6:00 - 6:45 pm 

 Franco Sama

Production Development & Financing: Hear about the steps to bring your project to life and share it with the world. Via Skype. 2nd Floor.


6:45 - 8:20 pm

"Stand Off" (R, violence, language)

Four survivors attempt to work together in order to survive an infection outbreak and uncover its strange superhuman effects. Submitted by Joseph Springer of Buffalo State University. 1st Floor.


7:00 - 8:30 Pm

Dinner Break

Found a place you wanted to check out during lunch but didn't? Here's your chance to head back and try it out! 


8:30 - 9:00 PM

"Puzzled" (PG 13, adult themes)

Six eccentric college theatre students get their world turned upside down when they are all forced to keep a secret. Submitted by John Boughton of SUNY Fredonia. 1st Floor.


9:00 - 9:30 pm

Awards Ceremony

Come watch all the films (again!) created during the 50 Hour Film Challenge! Vote for your favorite and see which film wins "audience favorite" at the final awards Ceremony. Need a screening ticket? Get One here. 1st Floor.