Langley resident Myles Seib sets up a shot in anticipation of the upcoming 50-Hour Film Challenge, presented Nov. 8 to 10 by Surrey Little Theatre. Teams of all ages and abilities are invited to compete for the top prize of $500 and a chance to show off their work at a gala film festival on Nov. 15.

Film it in 50 and win $500

Surrey Little Theatre’s annual 50-hour film challenge returns November 8,9 and 10

Where else do you have an opportunity to earn $100 per minute?

Surrey Little Theatre is once again inviting filmmakers to write, shoot and edit a five-minute film for a shot at a $500 prize.

Teams are now being registered in the sixth annual 50-hour Film Challenge weekend, which starts Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. and continues for precisely 50 hours.

After meeting at Surrey Little Theatre to receive their randomly selected “inspiration package,” over the course of the following 50 hours, teams will head out to various locations throughout the Lower Mainland to write, shoot and edit a five minute film that will include all the chosen surprise elements.

On Sunday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., they will bring in their finished product to Surrey Little Theatre to compete for prizes, including a Best Film top prize of $500.

Prizes will be awarded the following weekend on Friday, Nov. 15 at a Gala Filmmakers Reception, which will include screenings of all films and is open to the public. Screening tickets are limited and will be sold in advance.

“The concept began five years ago as a new initiative during Surrey Little Theatre’s 50th Season of Live Theatre– From Onstage to Onscreen,” said event organizer, Brigitte Seib.

“The 50-Hour Film Challenge was a huge success and gives the community another avenue in addition to our regular season of live theatre to express their creative side.

“We welcome all community members to put together a five or more member team, dig out their camera equipment and editing software and come on out to take part in this exciting new event.

“This is an all ages event.”

Past filmmakers include teams with participants as young as 12 years old, teams from local high schools and film schools and even a brave team of thespians who learned the filmmaking process on the fly.

“All these films amazed the judges and were in the running for the top prize,” said Seib.

Registration deadline is Nov. 4. Cost is $100 per team.

Those who register by Oct. 25, will get anm early bird rate of $75.

Challenge weekend runs from Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.

A gala filmmakers reception, awards and screenings will take place on Friday, Nov. 15t.

Registration Forms and Rules available at

Contact Brigitte Seib at for more information and to arrange payment, or leave a message on the reservation line at 604-576-8451.

Surrey Little Theatre is located at 7027 184 St.

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