March 18, 2020

Stuck in Quarantine? Take the NFS 60 Second Film Challenge

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Lights! Camera! Quarantine! We here at No Film School got a challenge for you!

The global spread of COVID-19 has brought us all into some dark and unfamiliar times. All of a sudden, we're finding ourselves stocking up on TP and ramen (even the shrimp kind), making homemade hand sanitizer, and trying to find ways to preserve our sanity as we live quarantined from the outside world. 

And being filmmakers, you're all probably starting to get that familiar creative itch that won't go away until you write a script, shoot a scene, or edit a sequence. Well, you know what? What better way to fight the isolation and boredom than to make some micro-short films from the comfort of your own home?

We here at No Film School officially challenge you to make a 60-second film while on lockdown through the NFS 60 Second Film Challenge.

The NFS 60 Second Film Challenge

In hopes of giving everyone a chance to work out your creative muscles while stuck in quarantine, we challenge you to make a 60-second micro-short film inside your home.

Your movie doesn't have to be about the crisis or even take place in our world. All genres are welcome, so make docs, fantasy, action, comedy, or horror. Use VFX if you want. Use animation if you want. Make any kind of movie your beautiful imagination can come up with—just keep it to one minute or less, don't leave your house to make it, and make sure it's original material. And nothing X-Rated.

Once you're ready, upload it with the hashtag #NFS60 on YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebookwherever you upload/share it by March 30th, 11:59 PM (PT).

Please use the hashtag - it's the only way we can find them!

You can put it in the title or the video description on YouTube. 

If your NFS profile has 50 points, you can even share the link to your video down in the comments section of this post. Our staff will share some of their favorites on the site, so be sure to upload and share them by then.

We can't wait to take a look at what you've made!

If you need some help to get started, our very own Jason Hellerman shared a few tips on how to write a 1-minute short film.

A Quick Note

Again, and we can't stress this enough, even if you're not on a strict quarantine, don't go rounding up your filmmaking buddies to shoot in public.

Practice social distancing.

Be smart. 

Be safe. 

Wash your hands. 

And let these dark times inspire your brightest ideas.     

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Love this...

March 18, 2020 at 11:59PM

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Good idea! I'll think about something. I wouldn't call it dark times though. The pollution is dropping down, animals are not hunted, there are more fishes in the ocean, less noise, people can take the time to appreciate life without work and read, write, watch films, paint, train, do whatever they want (well except traveling). We can now see how too connected our world is, we can see the economic and social problems of our societies more easily and act on them. I think the virus is a chance to make a world better, more social, with less but more real human contacts, less based on money and economy (now that we understand that it will fail anyway cause be sure there will be more viruses and pandemies the next years). Also, cinema wise, it's a good chance to write or study films. I've been myself finishing the last version of a script that I began about 7 years ago (I've been doing a week without VOD and video games too).

March 19, 2020 at 2:58AM

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Vincent Galiano
Filmmaker / Screenwriter / Photographer
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Great perspective! Sounds like a perfect springboard for a 60-second short film. ;)

March 19, 2020 at 12:58PM

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V Renée
Managing Editor
Writer/Director

Love this idea - I can't seem to post links in this comment, so the link to my #NFS60 is in my bio!

March 19, 2020 at 6:33AM

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Sam Baron
Writer/Director
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Great skit! I gotta know...how many takes did you have to do?

March 19, 2020 at 11:48AM

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This is the PSA of our generation. Nice work, Sam!

March 19, 2020 at 12:57PM

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V Renée
Managing Editor
Writer/Director

ha, love it!

March 19, 2020 at 1:11PM

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Lauren Cisneros
Video Strategist
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Bravo! We need this kind of good humor right now--thank you!

March 25, 2020 at 7:36AM

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Cedrick May
Writer/Director
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Can't post mine here either. Link to mine is on my profile. #NFS60

March 19, 2020 at 4:08PM

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Lauren Cisneros
Video Strategist
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Make sure it's tagged as #NFS60 on Youtube in the vid description!

March 26, 2020 at 8:40AM

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Jason Hellerman
Copywriter
Writer

Thanks - just added

March 29, 2020 at 6:40PM

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Lauren Cisneros
Video Strategist
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films

March 19, 2020 at 9:16PM

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https://youtu.be/5ehdyXSNvgE Here's my video animation for the #NFS60 challenge. Recorded some audio with my twin nephews and went the "stream of consciousness" route to create a funny story.

March 20, 2020 at 3:29PM

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This is great! The Italian eye monster with the hand over your mouth is what got me.

March 26, 2020 at 12:13PM

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Troy Pierce
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
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i have less than one minute film with proper story....let me know what should be i do now?

March 22, 2020 at 9:05PM

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Muhammad Danish Hayat
Animator
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The link to my #NFS60 is in my bio. I really enjoyed doing this! I may do a second one :-D

March 25, 2020 at 12:08PM

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Cedrick May
Writer/Director
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Nice whip pan!

March 26, 2020 at 12:11PM

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Troy Pierce
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
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where can i buy

March 26, 2020 at 1:46AM

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RAYMOND READ
filmaker
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You inspired me! I put together a humorous and twisted little animated PSA which I posted on my various social medias. I also posted it in my bio.

March 26, 2020 at 9:05AM, Edited March 26, 9:13AM

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Ed Flynn
Animator-illustrator-filmmaker
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You killed this one! Great animation and very fun engaging PSA. Hats off!

March 26, 2020 at 12:18PM

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Troy Pierce
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
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March 26, 2020 at 12:04PM

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Dantly Wyatt
Writer, Director, Content Creator.
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I don't have 50 points to post my link in this comment section but check my page for my #NFS60 submission! Feedback is always appreciated!

March 26, 2020 at 12:07PM

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Troy Pierce
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
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Haha, incredible

March 26, 2020 at 2:46PM

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Michael Winters
Writer / Director / Cinematographer
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Thank you! I'm glad you dug it

March 27, 2020 at 10:24AM

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Troy Pierce
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
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Here's a little mini-doc, more of a day in the life of. Can we have more than one submission as well?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ISm4jNu3Ec

March 26, 2020 at 12:47PM

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Daniel Waghorne
Cinematographer/Drone Pilot
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As many as you want!

March 26, 2020 at 2:21PM

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Jason Hellerman
Copywriter
Writer

Nice work everyone, lots of good stuff creative stuff spawning from this!

I've got a link in my bio as well. I posted a comment here but if I'm not logged in it doesn't seem to be showing up publicly? Donno why that would be the case.

March 26, 2020 at 3:04PM

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Tom Doherty
Filmmaker
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March 26, 2020 at 3:05PM, Edited March 26, 3:07PM

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Tom Doherty
Filmmaker
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You're all killin' it with these shorts! Amazing, amazing work!

March 27, 2020 at 8:49AM

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V Renée
Managing Editor
Writer/Director

I made an animation about a dragon in hitfilm express

but I cant link it , it wont let me.

March 27, 2020 at 12:44PM, Edited March 27, 12:57PM

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iamkhanproductions
Videographer. Film maker.
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mine is linked in my bio now

March 29, 2020 at 10:34AM

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iamkhanproductions
Videographer. Film maker.
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Here you go! (link in bio)

March 29, 2020 at 12:17AM

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Michael Winters
Writer / Director / Cinematographer
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Film Crew in Quarantine, an animated film (link in bio)

March 29, 2020 at 9:49AM

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Robertas Nevecka
Director, animator
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https://vimeo.com/402025737
I had a ball doing this, and my 84-year-old father-in-law thoroughly enjoyed his first acting experience. Hope you like it.

March 29, 2020 at 5:54PM

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Greg Popp
DGA Commercial Director
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Nice work Greg! And kudos to your father in-law!

March 30, 2020 at 8:25AM

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Tom Doherty
Filmmaker
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Mines uploaded to Vimeo but I can't post the link!

March 29, 2020 at 6:03PM

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Daniel G Keil
Video Content Creator/Editor
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OK! Mine is linked in my profile! Check it out!

March 30, 2020 at 2:28PM

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Daniel G Keil
Video Content Creator/Editor
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Ok, make it easier. Here’s the link! https://vimeo.com/402030322

April 5, 2020 at 5:59AM

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Daniel G Keil
Video Content Creator/Editor
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Thanks for the challenge! I spent the past couple of days making an animation for this called 'Malformed'- its linked on my profile.
I put #NFS60 in the description!

March 30, 2020 at 4:59AM

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Heres mine. I submitted to Film Riots competition as well.
https://youtu.be/GYAw4lJSgYs

March 30, 2020 at 11:39AM

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Jsfilmz
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Guys!!! Please extend the challenge just for one more day!
mine stuck at uploading. some sort of national network problem. Please :(
I've spent a lot of time editing and shooting

March 30, 2020 at 11:42AM, Edited March 30, 11:42AM

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The Austrian quarantine measures were tough from the beginning. Luckily enough we are able to spend this time in the countryside. But even here, as we finish day 14 in self-isolation, the days can be lonely and long.

"Tag 14"
60sec doc
link in bio

March 30, 2020 at 2:22PM

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just uploaded the video I made in my Youtube profile.
I'm a sound guy but did this in honor to the dogs because they are the man best friend!

#NFS60

Wish you well and good creative times!

March 30, 2020 at 2:44PM

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José Pedro Canário Bica
Sound Engineer
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Thanks for the opportunity! The #NFS60 link is in my bio!

March 30, 2020 at 4:12PM

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Ariel
Director, Editor, Producer
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A fun challenge! Been following NFS for years though only now created a user on here
Our video is on my profile
Seen some creative works through the hashtag already!

March 30, 2020 at 8:48PM

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Stephan Robinson
Filmmaker, Video Editor, Motion Graphics
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#nfs60 challenge is up in bio! Thanks all for sharing your work with us!

March 30, 2020 at 10:33PM

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Michelle DeLateur
Contributor/Podcast Guest

My #NSF60 video is on my bio. Had lots of fun making it. Thank you!

March 31, 2020 at 11:36AM

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Olivia Griselda
Writer-Director
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I know I'm slightly late, but I hope you can accept my minute film anyway (and my truly apologize...). Here it is: https://youtu.be/AzuWBz3pJ9I (embedded english subs) or https://vimeo.com/402735790 (original with colosed caption)
Hope somebody could appreciate it! :)

March 31, 2020 at 2:44PM, Edited March 31, 3:43PM

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Valerio Galli
Director and screenwriter
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I can't post my video here and when I google #NFS60 my video does not show up either. please search it by "#NFS60 Armin Riazi" :))

April 2, 2020 at 12:47AM, Edited April 2, 12:47AM

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Have a couple videos on youtube: covid-90210 / EP - the legotelenovela, and a vimeo link in my bio, both for the #NFS60 challenge. Looking forward to the picks!

April 2, 2020 at 6:01AM

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Laura Roxana
Writer / Director
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good idea. i have a watch

April 10, 2020 at 11:53PM

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wisata belitung
photographer
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Looks like we might need #NFS120 for the extended Stay At Home and for all of us who missed the 3/31 deadline. And hey, how about some prizes to spice things up? Right now "Don't Let This Be Our Future" has the most views with 1.6k but is disqualified with a 61 second run time, them is the breaks.

April 15, 2020 at 8:12AM

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Rex
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