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Can you make a micro short to be part of an apocalyptic feature film?

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The End Is Closer Than You Think…

As many of you will know, Covid-19 has been an extraordinary challenge for us at the London Screenwriters’ Festival. I am sure it has for you too.


Like so many businesses, we have suffered greatly and the team has had to be let go and the offices closed, in order that we survive.


On top we ended up running a month long online festival at the start of Summer. So yeah, it’s been real.

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We have 50 world class scripts. Can YOU make one into a short film?


Can you make a short film that will deeply move audiences worldwide who watch the final feature film?


Premise: A civilisation-destroying meteor, heading towards Earth, is discovered by NASA. Its terrifying, devastating and inevitable impact is announced from the White House. With only two hours left for humankind, what would happen?

If you think you can, then get involved in the Filmmakers’ Phase of The Impact50.


If your film makes the final cut, you will share screen credit with Hollywood screenwriting legend Joe Eszterhas. Interested?


Read the rules (here), choose a script (here), make a film, submit it, get feedback, then if you want, re-edit and resubmit.

The best of the final films will be edited together to make an extraordinary feature film for cinema, TV and online.

Create50 is not just a competition, it's a creative community and self-taught film school.

This will be our second feature film produced through the Create50 process. The first, '50 Kisses', was premiered in February 2014, netting the second biggest box office of a UK film in the week of release. It's now online and you can watch at


With 'The Impact' we are taking the game to a much higher level.


*So actually, the standard was SO high we ended up with 55 scripts and ALL scripts available under the wildcard option.


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‘I admired all fifty five of the winning screenplays enormously and it is practically impossible to pick one favourite.’
Ted Tally, Impact50 screenplay judge and
Oscar Winner for ‘Silence Of The Lambs’

How does Create50 Work?

Want to get involved? The next steps to take...


1. Read the scripts HERE and choose one.

2. Option the script from us HERE.

3. Make your film, edit it and make it the best you can.

4. Send us the link to your film on Vimeo.

5. We add it to the site and you get feedback from writers and filmmaker peers.

6. Re-edit, re-mix, even re-shoot bits of your film if you like and resubmit an improved version.

7. Offer feedback on other films submitted.

8. Once the process closes we will be in touch about the films we will feature in the final feature length film.

9. Come to the premiere!


This process will take place over a year or so. We keep dates and deadlines flexible as this is a creative process and our goal first and foremost is to make a cracking feature film that will secure distribution and reach audiences.


'The Impact' Judges include...

Ted Tally - Screenwriter
Oscar winner for ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ MORE.

Nicole Perlman - Screenwriter
'Guardians Of The Galaxy'. Enough said. MORE.

Simon Kinberg - Screenwriter
'Star Wars' Episode VII and more... MORE.

Iain Smith - Producer
'Mad Max: Fury Road'... MORE.

Lisa Albert - Screenwriter and Producer
All eight seasons of 'Mad Men'... MORE.

Ashley Pharaoh - Veteran TV
Producer and writer of 'Life On Mars'... MORE.

William Nicholson - Screenwriter
Oscar nominee for 'Gladiator'... MORE.

'The Impact' Core Team include...

Joe Eszterhas - Screenwriter
Writer of the opening script to 'The Impact’... MORE.

Chris Jones - Create50 founder, team leader
Filmmaker and entrepreneur... MORE.

David Nicholas Wilkinson - Distributor
Heading up distribution... MORE.

Gub Neal - Executive Producer
Former Head of Drama at Ch4... MORE.

Eddie Hamilton - Consultant Editor
'Mission: Impossible'... MORE

Tina McFarling - Consulting Publicist
PR powerhouse in the UK film industry... MORE.

'My favourite was actually perhaps the simplest one: MORE. i like the simplicity and clean emotionality of the storytelling, and how we all turn to children in moments of fear. It felt real and honest and like it packed a lot of emotion into so little time.’
Simon Kinberg, Impact50 Judge and Screenwriter / Producer ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

About the 'World' of the feature film 'The Impact'

We wanted to create a storyworld that would challenge screenwriters and filmmakers to dig deep into a human narrative that transcends politics, religion and petty differences.

We want to explore the idea, ‘As we look into the face of death with certainty, who would we choose to be in those last few hours?'

We also want to tie the fifty stories together with a single global incident.

The Impact’ is not country specific and we encourage diversity.

The final film will begin with a short but powerful announcement to the planet by the President of the United States. This script has been written by Hollywood legend and highest paid screenwriter of all time Joe Eszterhas. We are filming it in the coming weeks with a top secret cast and crew.


Countdown to ‘The Impact’… Our story

The Impact has a VERY strict time construct, to which you must adhere.

  • Zero hour: Amateur astronomer James Anderson spots the asteroid from his home observatory in Alice Springs, Australia. He immediately puts in a call to NASA.
  • One hour in: Four other amateur astronomers from the dark side of the planet confirm the Asteroid, provisionally named KT-1887.
  • Two hours in: NASA verify and confirm the size, trajectory and estimate ‘the impact’. They debate action to take.
  • Two hours and fifteen minutes in: The White House is called and information relayed to William Jones, chief scientific advisor to the President.
  • Two hours and thirty minutes in: The President is pulled out of a meeting on agricultural policies and briefed on the impending threat.

‘He Who Is Without Sin had a great twist as well as a mini-redemption arc, masterfully-fit into such a short amount of screen time.’
Nicole Perlman, Impact 50 judge and
Screenwriter ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Where our story begins...

  • Two hours and forty five minutes in: The President addresses the nation and planet. ‘An asteroid the size of New York city will impact in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Africa, in 97 minutes, it will destroy all life on earth aside from microbes. The blast will take just over one hour to travel around the planet…’
  • Four hours and twenty one minutes in: Impact in the Atlantic Ocean. The physical impact will be felt planet wide, mostly experienced as a small earthquake. The blast wave from the impact will take one hour to circulate the planet.
  • Five hours: Total annihilation of civilization and the end of our story as the blast wave comes full circle on the opposite side of the planet.

Awards Categories for ‘The Impact:50’

At the premiere and awards, we will announce the winners as selected by our panel of industry judges. The categories include...

  • Best Screenplay Award
  • Best Performance
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Music
  • Promo / Trailer music Award
  • Best Song
  • Best Sound Design
  • Guerilla Film Award
  • Best Director Award
  • Best Film Award
  • Audience Award To Be Announced

Asteroid Impact 101: The Facts

Picture from the dashcam of a driver in Russia who saw the Chelyabinsk meteor

  • Many meteors hit the atmosphere each year and appear to us as shooting stars. Few make it to the ground as a meteorite.
  • Recently, we all saw video clips of the Chelyabinsk meteor which was half a ton when it finally hit the earth.
  • In the more distant past Meteor Crater in Arizona was created 40,000 years ago by a meteorite the size of a basketball court.
  • The dinosaurs were killed by a meteor that struck the Yucatan basin 65 million years ago. Ash and debris engulfed the atmosphere and temperatures plummeted, killing almost all large animals. Rodents and other small animals thrived and dominated and rose subsequently. This meteorite was estimated to be around 10km wide.
  • Most scientists agree that a large asteroid impact is a certainty. It’s just a matter of when.
  • A big enough asteroid has the potential to kill all life on earth. The impact would boil and vaporise the ocean, create massive Tsunamis, blast the atmosphere into space. Truly hell on earth.
  • NASA has a $4m per year budget to run the Spaceguard Survey, charting near-earth asteroids more than 1km in size. There is no way to track everything in space, especially an asteroid that wanders into our solar system from afar.

What to do next?

You should read the 50 scripts* (the scripts are HERE), select one and then option it using the red MAKE FILM button at the top of this page. Once you have the script you can make your film and submit it for peer review and final judging. You can submit re-edits based on feedback.

Remember if you want to make a Wild Card film you must first produce a script from the 50 winners...


What writers and filmmakers say about Create50 and 50 Kisses

‘50 Kisses’ opened the doors for my first time exhibiting a film in a festival, the first time going through an entire creative process, the first time people looking at me like I could really be a filmmaker. But more than this, showed me what we can achieve if we join forces and work toward our goals.
Carolina Rodrigues, Filmmaker (Brazil)

‘50 Kisses’ has shown that collaboration on a global scale is possible and it can yield beautiful and cohesive results. It pushed us all to deliver to a very high standard and then to give ourselves up to unpredictable, exciting and possibly brilliant interpretations of our work. Witnessing so many different interpretations of my script, being part of such a large project and collaborating with people from all over the world was extraordinarily rewarding.
Nigel KariKari, Screenwriter (Australia)

'It has been amazing to be part of something so global. As a result of ‘50 Kisses’ I have met and collaborated with filmmakers, screenwriters, producers and agents from around the globe.'
Jo Buckman, Screenwriter (America)

'After being selected I was contacted by producers, agents, directors and became friends with plenty of my fellow 50 kisses writers/directors. One of those producers was ‘50 Kisses’ director Stare Yildirim who I ended up writing a TV Pilot for, for Turkish TV. This was my first ever paid writing gig and it came out of the exposure my 50 Kisses script got. Between the paid writing gig and the huge 50 Kisses world premiere I got to take a peek at my future.'
Stephen Cooper, Screenwriter (UK)

'After I put my film entry up on the ‘50 Kisses’ website I got all this wonderful and constructive feedback from other ‘50 Kisses’ filmmakers and I could then re-edit and improve the film before the deadlines closed. Over the 2 years of the project I have met so many other filmmakers, actors and writers in the 50K community and it’s spun off into so many other projects.'
Phil Peel, Filmmaker (UK)

'The breadth of opportunities available are vast if you’re willing to accept the challenge. I was part of a team distributing '50 Kisses' commercially which, as a writer, was invaluable in understanding audience, the importance of concept and how a film is marketed. It will certainly effect how I view my own writing projects going forward.'
Tracey Flynn, Screenwriter, ‘50 Kisses’ (UK)

‘I take my hat off to Chris, Judy and their hardworking team. What they achieved on a shoestring is incredible - give them a little bit of funding, help and support and they'd blow our minds!’
Mark Pallis, Screenwriter, ’50 Kisses’

What to do next...? Get involved...

  • Read some scripts and choose one to make HERE.
  • Make it, submit it, get feedback...
  • Improve it, resubmit...
  • See you at the premiere!

Watch the video from the recent Twisted50 Launch Party and Awards

More about Twisted50 from Create50 HERE.