Run N Gun 48 Hour Short Film Contest Now Open For Submissions


Since its inception in 2015, the competition has featured over 350 short films of all genres from filmmakers across the province.

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Make a movie, have fun could be Vancouver’s slogan Run N Gun 48hr Film Competition and Festival which is now officially open for registration.

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Run N Gun was created to bring back some of the youthful joy of making movies with your friends. Sometimes working in the cinema feels too much like a job,” said the festival director and filmmaker. Joel McCarthy by email. “Run N Gun gives everyone permission to create without limits. No one is too young, old, new or experienced in filmmaking to participate. You can’t be too anything at Run N Gun. Everyone who love making movies are included and celebrated.

Now in its sixth year and taking place June 3-5, the festival is billed as the city’s biggest independent film competition. The festival is open to all and in the past directors aged between eight and 80 have competed. As well, Run N Gun last year launched an entry waiver program to encourage filmmaking by underrepresented groups.

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“Persons with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, trans and non-binary filmmakers have been issued entry waivers in the hope that this would remove a barrier to entry into filmmaking. This program will return in 2022,” said a statement for this year’s competition/festival.

As the name suggests, the Run N Gun format is unique in that it only gives filmmakers 48 hours to write, shoot and complete a short film (4:30 min), but there are even more hang on. Each film must include “three unpredictable elements”. Elements can be an object, a line of dialogue, a theme, a character, etc.

Last year, more than 1,300 filmmakers entered and, out of this group, 100 films reached the screening part of the competition.

After the selection process, the films are organized into a week of screenings and events.

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The quarter-finalists’ films will premiere on July 4 and 6, while the semi-finalists’ and finalists’ films will premiere on July 9 during a one-day festival.

Finalist films are eligible for awards and prizes. Last year’s event awarded over $25,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The organizers hope this year to offer more money and prizes.

Since its inception in 2015, the competition has had over 350 short films from various filmmakers across the province and featured winners in every genre imaginable.

According to the festival’s statement, Run N Gun “has helped launch the careers of some of BC’s most promising talent, including:

Gigi Saul Guerrro (Blumhouse’s Bingo Hell), Mayumi Yoshida (NBC Universal Short Film Festival winner Akashi), Athena Russell (Leo-Award-Winning FREYA), Josh Aries and Daniel Irving (Crazy8’s Mr. James is Dead) and Heather Perluzzo ( MPPIA’s wild flower).

Regular registration runs today-May 20 and costs $70. After May 20, registration increases to $80.

For more information on the Run N’ Gun festival visit

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