+What is SATO4848-Hour Film Challenge & Festival?

SATO48 stands for “Springfield And The Ozarks 48-Hour Film Challenge”.

Filmmaking teams have just one weekend (48 hours) to make a 5-minute (or less) Film. The twist is no one knows what the Films must be about until the INSPIRATION PACKAGE is revealed, simultaneously to all Filmmaking Teams, at the Kickoff!  After the Inspiration Package is revealed, all shooting, editing, and sweetening (such as adding a musical soundtrack) must occur within the 48 hours.

A week later, the films have their premiere at a Festival in front of audiences.  A couple of weeks after the premiere winners are revealed and announced an Awards & Recognition Ceremony.  Followed by an After Party.


+What is the INSPIRATION PACKAGE? (hyperlink to COLLECTION tab).

It is a set of instructions and/ or prerequisites for the filmmakers to incorporate into their film.  And also a way to verify and insure that the film was made according to the rules within 48 hours.


+What are the SATO48 Films about?

That’s up to the Filmmaker, they must comply with the Inspiration Package.  SATO48 is dogged about embracing the First Amendment, and DO NOT rate these Films.


+Can anyone participate in SATO48?

Yes, SATO48 is open to everyone, even professionals regardless of geographical location.  However, professionals cannot be paid for their services. Please refer to Terms & Conditions. (hyperlink)


+How many actors must be in the Film?

A minimum of (2) two is required by SATO48 Challenge Rules. You may have as many as you want.


+Can someone dress/ act as a comic book character/ CosPlay in the film? IE:, Wonder Woman, Superman etc..

NO, unless you have trademark and image copyrights permission from its original creators and owner.  One solution: create your OWN CosPlay character and imbue them with the qualities of those comic book characters that feed your storyline, theme, etc.


+Can we use our company logo in the Film? 

Never use a trademark or logo without written permission from its owner, even if it is your own company. Get a permission letter agreement from the trademark owner. Include a description of why you are asking and how the logo will be used.


+Can a SATO48 Film be submitted to other festivals?

Yes. After the festival screenings, filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films to festivals. Please notify us if your film is accepted to a festival!


+Any great Tips & Tricks I should know about?

Definitely. Watch this video and you’ll be way ahead of the game!



+Where can I shoot my Film?

Anywhere you can get permission from the owner. Even if you are shooting in your premises whether rent or own, you must give yourself permission. Please respect your surroundings, notify your neighbors and local law enforcement authorities if your shoot will or might cause concern, be late into the night and particularly loud regardless of time.

When filming in public area please post “PUBLIC NOTICE” (hyperlink) signs in visible locations.


Public spaces are available to use, but check with local and city authorities for details.

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