Register for the 48 Summer Shorts Movie Jam Quarantine Edition!
Please Note: Registration will close on Friday July 31st at 4:00 PM PST. Please register for the festival before then.
Rules & FAQ
The 48 Hour Summer Shorts Movie Jam is a festival of films to showcase the skills of talented producers, writers, actors, directors, cinematographers, and editors who make stories come to life by sharing their unique voices.
The festival starts on Friday July 31st at 5:00 PM PST with the reveal of three “secret ingredients” which MUST be used in the film; the clock starts ticking at 6:00 PM PST and teams have until Sunday August 2nd at 6:00 PM PST to submit their finished works.
This year it’s going to be a little different. To participate, simply register using the form above. While the event may not be performed in front of a live audience as in years past, Berkeley Community Media is taking advantage of their online platform to expand the festival from a local event to a global celebration. Films will be screened from 6:00 PM PST to 8:00 PM PST on Sunday August 2nd. Additionally, our production team may select certain filmmakers to briefly interview them about their experiences, training, and equipment LIVE right after their films have been screened at the end of the festival.
- Register by 4PM PST July 31st @ www.48HourMovieJam.org
- Films MUST contain the three “secret ingredients.” (Revealed July 31st at 5PM PST).
- Films should be no longer than 10 minutes in length.
- Films including violence, profanity or harm to others will not be screened.
- This year, the festival is FREE to enter. We simply want to showcase our filmmaking community.
No. Films have been made and won awards by just using a smartphone. We are interested in YOUR ideas and how you express them.
This kind of event is typically a team sport, however, it does not have to be. We have had solo producers create films by building their own sets and using creative props as actors. Let your imagination be your guide and maybe your friends will help you out!
Yes. It’s not enough to just be registered; you have to be logged in to submit your film. Please keep in mind, submissions will open midnight on Sunday and close at 6:00 PM PST. So you MUST log in and submit before film submissions close.
If you would like to be interviewed, please indicate you are interested in doing so using the registration form above. We will reach out to you on Sunday @ 12:00 PM PST if we choose you, as we have a limited number of spaces. Interviews will be done through Zoom and broadcast after the 48 hour challenge period so we can get to know you and how you made your film.
We realize that not everyone who is interested in the festival will necessarily be participating. We are making all festival content available to the public, without the need to register. Just visit our website if you’d like to follow the filmmakers’ 48 hour journey!
Berkeley Community Media is a non-profit public access TV station providing access to training and equipment at affordable rates to people of all ages and experience levels in order to produce content for BCMTV channel 28 and www.bcmtv.org.
Behind the Scenes
Meet the Team
Melanie became a member producer with Berkeley Communty Media in April 2009. Since that time, her life has been a whirlwind of change and opportunity. Currently the membership development and community outreach coordinator, Melanie enjoys her time as the Ambassador for the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce promoting BCMTV with all of it’s amazing resources! Her goal is to increase the awareness of Berkeley Community Media so that individuals, organizations and businesses look to BCM as their one stop media shop. Connect with YOUR community using the power of video. Let us create the video of your dreams to reach out and share your message
Moby is a third-generation Californian who works at a pizza parlor by day and a personal care attendant by night. He also does cartooning and produces a television show called “Watch THIS!” for Berkeley Community Media, a public access television channel. He is a hard-working, pragmatic and FRAG-matic as well. He’d love to find work as a VOICE ACTOR, but that would probably require some sort of effort on his part to become an active participant in his own life. Well, stranger things have been known to happen!
Benjamin will be attending Emerson College’s Film School this fall and has been with Berkeley Community Media since 2017. In addition to directing, producing, writing, editing, and starring in multiple BCM short films and PSA’s, he did an internship at i24NEWS, a global news station based out of Tel Aviv, where he had the opportunity produce multiple news reports. He brings these journalism skills to this year’s 48 Hour Summer Shorts Movie Jam. When he’s not pursuing his passion of filmmaking, you can find him gaming, hiking, and providing tech support to his friends and family.
Sam is a Junior at Berkeley High and has been an intern at BCM since the seventh grade. He is proficient in a wide range of production equipment and software platforms and has produced many PSA’s and other content for BCM over the years. He has been our main technician for many of our film festivals. He is committed to bringing in more youth and BUSD media production entities.
Mike Vaughn has been working in the live & recorded entertainment industry for over thirty years. He has appeared in dozens of commercials, television programs, training films and a hand full of feature length motion pictures. He has worked across the country as a stage actor and taught theater and on-camera acting to all ages. He holds a B.A in Broadcasting/Theater from Columbia College Chicago and an M.A in Education from U.C Berkeley. He has a California teaching credential and taught English at Berkeley High School for six years.
About the 48 Hour Summer Shorts Movie Jam:
Created and co-hosted by Melanie Mentzel and Moby Theobald in 2010, originally as a fundraiser for Berkeley Community Media, the 48 Hour Summer Shorts Movie Jam has evolved into an annual tradition showcasing the local Berkeley community and inspiring others to make films. Filmmakers are challenged to write, shoot, and edit a five to ten minute short film in just 48 hours. The festival starts on Friday at 5:00 PM with the reveal of three “secret ingredients” which must be used in the film; the clock starts ticking at 6:00 PM. The teams have until Sunday at 6:00 PM to submit their finished works. The films are then screened and broadcast to the world!
About Berkeley Community Media:
Berkeley Community Media is a media production haven for auteur and experienced filmmakers, television producers and students of all forms of life! We are a P.E.G. access television media center living right in the heart of Berkeley, California! BCM’s primary goal is to provide residents of Berkeley and beyond a space to learn how to produce media as well as share it with their community! Our television channels are on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, cablecasting voices from all over the San Francisco Bay Area! Look for us on B-TV Channels 28 & 33 on Comcast Cable in Berkeley, and on Channel 99 via AT&T U-Verse, and on the web: WWW.BCMTV.ORG.
Berkeley Community Media is a non-profit 501(c)3 Corporation in the city of Berkeley. We provide training, production support and access to high definition production equipment as well as airing members programs on our television channel 28 on Comcast, AT&T channel 99 and streaming Live on the internet. All donations go towards improving our services to the community of Berkeley and new production equipment. Your generous donation is also tax deductible and you will receive a thank you letter for your support.