Keep calm and film on

By Lindsay Ducharme

Keep calm and film on.  The 2013 interPLAY Film Festival bookended the festivities with the third annual 48 Hour Film Challenge.  The Film Challenge is a competition in which teams compete to write, film and edit a six-minute film in only a 48-hour period. All films must incorporate three key elements assigned by event organizers during the competition.

The Challenge’s filming took place July 26th-28th.  All entries were screened during the last day of the Film Festival, August 4th.

“We had six teams this year and the part I love about the 48 hour challenge are the stories that I get to hear during the actual challenge,” said event co-creator and organizer Toddske.

“One of our elements was that one location had to be an ice cream store.  As well, the object was magic glasses and the phrase was “keep calm and_____” on where the filmmaker could fill in the blank.  I was getting all theses stories from friends about seeing teams filming in ice cream stores, it was pretty funny.  The whole point of the challenge is you want teams running around with cameras.  It was highly competitive, all six films were amazing,” he continued.

This year’s competition featured two teams who have competed in the challenge each year since it’s induction. Both teams agreed that this year’s element assignments were the hardest yet.  “The whole point is to be creative on your feet.  Seeing the films this year you see how creative you’ve forced the teams to be and it works for them.  Sure they don’t like it most of the time, but at the end you can really tell the teams are satisfied because they have accomplished something that is really hard to do,” Toddske explained.

In it’s relatively short existence the 48 Hour Film Challenge has become a fan favourite.  The six competing films were shown before a packed house, each received a warm reception from the audience.

“The screening went very well.  It was definitely the highlight of the night. It’s the most competitive, most interactive category.  Usually every team is there and they bring their friends and everyone wants to see what every other team came up with.  It’s great, you get people hooting and hollering, it’s really fun.”

This year’s winning film was Zachary Barrett’s “The Curse of the Keep Calm.”  Barrett created the film alongside his two brothers and a special guest star. Toddske said the storyline involved the consumption of keep calm and carry on ice cream.  Once they eat the ice cream and put on glasses and they start to hallucinate and see things, which leads “to a whole bunch of twists and turns that had the whole audience laughing.”

Barrett, along with the entire audience, was thrilled when he was announced as the winner of the competition and the $1500 prize.

“Everyone loved the movie, even the other teams in the 48 hour challenge enjoyed that movie, so everyone was happy for them.”

For more information on the 48 Hour Film Challenge, and the entire interPLAY film festival visit the website at or subscribe to the YMM Podcast on YouTube.


The Keyano Recital Theatre was home to the 2013 interPLAY Film Festival this past weekend, which saw over 250 people enjoy some of the very best in independent filmmaking from local and international artists. The specific category winners announced and presented on Sunday, August 4th 2013 were:

Best 48hr Challenge Film
“Curse of the Keep Calm” – Zachary Barrett

Best Feature Film – Narrative
“Tumaini: Leave a Little Room for Hope”
Jeff Woodward

Best Music Video
“We’re All Buried inside Here”
Oceans on Fire / Goat Smash Media

Best Actor
Ron Tarrant – “The Escapement”

Best Short Film – Narrative
“One More Night” – Jeff Woodward

Best Short Film – Documentary
“iCUP” – Adam P Bentley

Best Director
Ryan Hanson – “The Escapement”

Best Actress
Whitney Richter – “One More Night”

Please note that it is at the discretion of the filmmaker to post their films online. Links to the films available online will be posted at

Winners will receive a certificate, trophy and prize money as indicated by Events Wood Buffalo and the Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association. A Big Thank-You to our judges Jon Tupper, Amanda Richardson and Krista Balsom for volunteering their time and selecting our winners from a very competitive group.

Subscribe to the YMM Podcast YouTube Channel ( to see video highlights from our Awards Ceremony and all the 48hr Film Challenge entries! Like the YMMFMA Facebook Page ( to see all the photos from the event and the Red Carpet!

Our annual iFF Podcast Review Show will be available at later this week. The YMMFMA would like to thank Events Wood Buffalo and Keyano Theatre for their continued support of the arts community. We also want to thank everyone who attended and supported independent filmmaking!

Filmmakers are encouraged to prepare their films for next year now!