Rules and Guidelines for Filmmakers who have downloaded a script to produce...

...Before getting neck deep in rules and guidelines

...there are some things you MUST know and accept about Create50 and The Impact50.


This is an initiative to platform talent, connect talent and improve our skills in filmmaking and marketing.


If you see it as a competition only, you will miss the greatest benefits.


Dates and deadlines tend to be soft and moveable. We do this as we discover things on the journey, and modifying the process will likely result in a better film. The whole process will take longer than we all anticipate, in line with all filmmaking endeavors.


We operate in as transparent a way as possible and share many updates via the News section. We invite you to get involved in conversations.


Impact50 Rules and Guidelines for Filmmakers

  1. If you want to shoot an Impact50 script, you MUST option the script before producing your film. The winning scripts are HERE.
  2. If you write or improvise your own script and shoot that, you will need to supply a Screenwriters Agreement (supplied as part of the contracts pack, see later).
  3. You MUST credit the writer(s) as the SOLE WRITER(S) on your short film.
  4. If shooting an Impact50 script submitted by a writer, you can make changes to the script so long as it’s in the spirit of the process. This does not mean you can do a full rewrite, but genders of characters, locations etc. can be changed to meet your personal availability of resources.
  5. Connect with the writer and let them know you are filming their script. Feel free to ask for rewrites from them. Build a collaboration.
  6. You MUST have contracts with everyone involved, cast and crew, and supply location release forms. We will supply you with simple contracts.
  7. Music must be cleared for world right(s) and appropriate contracts supplied. We suggest working with a composer or using library music. DO NOT USE ANY MUSIC YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHTS FOR.
  8. Upload your film without titles over picture.
  9. You must use the title card we supply at the start of your film.
  10. Your film will be publicly viewable as part of the process.
  11. Please do not share your film on other platforms until after the conclusion of the Impact50 initiative.
  12. You can share your film on other platforms and enter it in festivals etc. once the final film is released. We have no interest in getting in the way of you showcasing your film, we just ask you only do this once the main feature film has been released.
  13. Your film should be produced in the English language (but look, if you really must do it in your language, we won't disqualify it).
  14. If you are successful in getting into the final film, if you cannot supply us with all the original files, your edit project and your edit media, we may need to remove you from the final project.
  15. We will almost certainly make editorial changes for many reasons. We don't need your permission to do this. Take a leap of faith here, don't get all 'don't mess with my art!'
  16. We will need ALL cast and crew names, phone numbers and emails so that we can invite them to the premiere.
  17. Shoot 16:9 aspect ratio, not 4:3 or 1:2.35 etc.
  18. Avoid illegal colours such as crushed blacks or whites that ‘blow out’.
  19. Take lots of stills, both of the drama / action (for posters and marketing) and of the cast and crew in action (so we can market you and the process). Get a clapperboard shot, and a cast and crew shot.
  20. Do upload in time to get feedback from the community so you can re-edit, remix, regrade, even reshoot.
  21. Please let people know what you are doing via Facebook, Twitter etc.
  22. Write blogs for us for the Create50 site and share what you have learned in the process.
  23. Entering does not guarantee your film will in any way be featured in the final film, and we are not obliged to produce a final film in the instance that we do not receive enough high quality entries (the lawyers wrote this bit ;0) ).
  24. You will be required to sign a contract before entering.
  25. Judging is final.
  26. We reserve the right to disqualify any filmmaking team if they are in violation of these rules and guidelines.
  27. In the interest of clarity, you can make as many films for submission as you like. Many teams will produce four or five entries.
  28. IMPORTANT... If your story allows for it, consider shooting the moment leading to the blast wave impact for your character(s). We may use these shots in a montage. This moment may already be scripted, in which case fine, or unscripted, in which case imagine what that moment would be and shoot it. It does NOT need to be submitted as part of the short, but if your short makes it into the final film, it MAY be included then. Please let know about this shot and send it over via WeTransfer with clear details on you, your production and contacts etc.

About The Rights You Will Give Us

Filmmakers who want to be a part of the Impact50 initiative will need to sign a Filmmakers’ Agreement, and you will grant us the rights to incorporate the short film into the final feature if selected.


Notes for Filmmakers

The biggest note is that deadlines and some rules and guidelines are likely to change. This is because a film is an organically growing process and we want to make the best possible end result. If you cannot accept that there will be some changes, you should consider whether this is the project for you. Also, please remember we are a small team, so rather than asking us to correct a mistake you have made, get it right BEFORE submitting.

  1. Your film, if successfully selected, will be featured in a collection of others. This will mean we may make changes to it and some of our guidelines reflect the fact that it is not a standalone film.
  2. Get a proper editor to help you as you are not just making a film for YouTube, it’s for the big screen too.
  3. Please shoot your film at 25p. If you cannot, shoot it at 24p or 23.097p instead.
  4. Please shoot 1920x1080p or better.
  5. Please edit using a professional editing tool such as Avid, Premiere or FCP as we may need to access both your footage and project.
  6. Keep all your media and project files safe as we may need access to them for the final film.
  7. Make backups of your final film and all media.
  8. Avoid low resolution / low definition codecs or ‘renders’ that will reduce the quality of the format or media that you shot.
  9. Allow the opening and closing shots a couple of extra seconds for editorial reasons.
  10. Edit your sound properly. This means isolated tracks for music, sound effects, dialogue, atmospheres, ADR, Foley etc.
  11. Do a full sound mix but keep all your tracks separated so we can remix if needed.
  12. If you run into issues, let us know. One film in the final edit of 50 Kisses was only submitted at the end as the filmmaker had written it off as he lost half his media. We managed to save it and include it.

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  • #1

    Julien Mad (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:51)

    Hi team,
    I just wanted to make sure that a production company can option -and film- more than only one script from the winning 50. Is that right?
    Thank you and wish me good luck :)


  • #2

    Chris Jones (Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:26)

    Yes that's right. You can produce more than one film.

  • #3

    Paul (Thursday, 20 April 2017)

    1) Is there an approximate submission deadline?

    2) I'm thinking about making a 360º film, but I'm not sure if that would fit in with the project as a whole. What do you think?


  • #4

    Chris Jones (Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:45)

    Yes we expect to close in the Winter 2017, after we have run LondonSWF. You should go for it with the 360 film - no idea how we could make that work but it's in the spirit of what we do. It would't be able to be part of the end 'traditional' feature film, but may also get more profile BECAUSE it's 360 and web only. I don't know. So no reason why you cant do it, I just don't think we can include in the final feature film aside from a separate experience.

  • #5

    Paul W Franklin (Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:53)


    I'll email you about it.

  • #6

    Bella (Saturday, 02 September 2017 02:55)

    Is it OK to do an animation or can they only be live action?

  • #7

    Bella (Saturday, 02 September 2017 12:28)

    Could I make an animation or must they be live action?

  • #8

    Lee (Monday, 02 October 2017 21:34)

    Hi. I'm interested in making one of the films but I've edited all my previous shorts on iMovie. Is this likely to be an issue?

  • #9

    Chris Jones (Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:24)

    @Lee iMovie should be fine

  • #10

    Enni (Sunday, 22 October 2017 15:02)

    I have a question about rights for the film.
    If the film submitted will become a part of the feature, can the producer still own the right to use it as a stand-alone short film (send for film festivals for example)?
    If the film will not be chosen for feature, will all the rights come back to producer? Can the film be used as a stand-alone etc?

  • #11

    Suzy (Wednesday, 25 October 2017 17:54)

    Hello. I am interested by producing one of the 50 scripts! But is it too late to option a script? As I saw on this website that several shorts have already been shot...
    Many thanks!

  • #12

    Enni (Friday, 27 October 2017 00:06)

    Hi Suzy. It is not late to option a script now. The project Impact50 is running for a long time and some of the scripts were picked up at the very beginning. Some of the films are now in production or post-production (not yet on the website). The deadline for final submissions is going to be in spring, so if you manage to finish post-production during the next 4 months - you still have time to option the script.

  • #13

    Lee (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 23:54)

    Hi. Just wanted to check what I should include in the final submission. How long should your opening title card be up for and you say the writer should be credited in the film, so do we include full credits for writer, director, actors etc at the end of the film?

  • #14

    Chris Jones (Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:49)

    Title card can be two seconds max, and yes credit the writer in the end credits. You dont NEED end credits for the initiative, but it is also a standalone film in its own right.

  • #15

    Carol Allen (Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:36)

    Is there any contractual obligation to pay the cast, the crew and the writer?

  • #16

    Chris Jones (Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:43)

    No there is no obligation. Impact50 is a community project.

  • #17

    Rodrig Andrisan (Thursday, 01 February 2018 20:27)

    Hi, I'm maybe a little bit different or special than others... I'm an Actor, Writer and Director.
    1)Can I be as Actor in more than one films (made on different scripts) ?
    2)Can I make an entry on one of my own scripts?
    3)There is a pay of £7 ? If yes, for what is it and how must be paid?
    4)You wrote everywhere that there are 50 scripts but, actually, there are 55... Am I right?

  • #18

    Chris Jones (Monday, 05 February 2018 12:37)

    Yes you can be in more than one film and only the 55 selected scripts are available for production. Read the rules carefully, all your questions will be answered.

  • #19

    Nish Hill (Monday, 05 February 2018 13:51)

    Is it ok to use any sort of VFX. I'm thinking something like a sky replacement.

  • #20

    Chris Jone (Monday, 05 February 2018 14:48)

    Yes Nish, sounds great! Keep your elements though.

  • #21

    John Cockwell (Saturday, 10 February 2018 02:14)

    I have optioned a script and paid the £7 but am having a problem with signing the contract as a message says it is not available.

  • #22

    Chris Jones (Saturday, 10 February 2018 11:59)

    This has been fixed now @John. Can you send me an email and I will send you a link to sign.

  • #23

    Jonah Jones (Friday, 16 March 2018 18:21)

    Hi Chris - what is the date by which we have to submit our films?

  • #24

    Chris Jones (Friday, 16 March 2018 18:51)

    Closing date is April 30th at midnight UK time - check out the main page ;0)

  • #25

    BFVS (Sunday, 18 March 2018 22:01)

    We are struggling to get finished by the deadline. Could the deadline date be flexible?

  • #26

    Robert Campbell (Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:08)

    Hi Impact50 Team,

    I'm about to shoot this Saturday weather permitting. I have a question.

    You say I need to shoot at 25p however some of the film shots I capture I would like to make slow motion. Ideally I want to shot at 50p also considering 100p as the camera can do this. Slowing down a 25p will look jittery as i'm sure your aware.
    Where do you stand on this and how strict are you on shooting at 25p?
    Many Thanks and Kind Regards
    Robert Campbell
    CCS Video

  • #27

    Chris Jones (Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:48)

    Shooting slow motion is fine, its about final mastering. so shoot all the slow mo you want. Good luck!

  • #28

    Laurel Parker (Monday, 02 April 2018 17:55)

    Is there a maximum running time?
    Thank you!

  • #29

    Chris Jones (Monday, 02 April 2018 20:36)

    There is no running time rule though as ever, shorter and tighter will be better

  • #30

    MBG (Thursday, 05 April 2018 17:16)

    Hi, I'm trying to contact a couple of writers to discuss optioning their scripts, but their profile pages are dead links. How do I contact them?
    Many thanks.

  • #31

    Chris Jones (Thursday, 05 April 2018 17:25)

    You will need to come via me.

  • #32

    Charlotte (Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:26)

    I understand that you need the film to be 16:9. Does it mean that it needs to be only technically in 16:9 for the final export and we can use letter boxes to give it wider look. Or do you need it to look as 16:9 with no letter boxes because you need all the films to have this universal style? I would like to use latter boxes to create 1:2.35 look but keep 16:9 for the final export. Would that work for you? Thanks!

  • #33

    Chris Jones (Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:28)

    Let's cross this bridge when we get to post, just make sure you keep all your original material and projects so we can deconstruct if needed.

  • #34

    Silver Levy-So (Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:27)

    Hi Chris,
    You state that once we option a script, it is our production to own? Yet multiple filmmakers can option the same script? So in the end many people would end up making a film with the same story... Of course for the feature you would only select one, but then we are left with proud finished pieces that have the same script as others, for festivals etc this would create confusion and not be accepted. Is this correct?
    Many thanks

  • #35

    BFVS Susan Cockwell (Friday, 11 May 2018 18:06)

    Hi, our film (East Valley Rhinos) is nearly finished. How do we enter it and is the deadline end of May or June?

  • #36

    JD (Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:22)

    Hi Impact50,

    The rules state the shorts must be in 16:9 aspect ratio, can this be 16:9 letterboxed? Not cropping the final final to 1:85:1 itself but have the bars mask the 16:9 image?

    Many thanks

  • #37

    Chris Jones (Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:09)

    JD - no-one will be disqualified for aspect ratios, so just upload what you have and we will take if from there if your film enters the next round. Make sense?