Stranger with my Face International Film Festival and Wide Angle Tasmania proudly present the Tasploitation Challenge 2017.

The Tasploitation Challenge is a competition in which registered teams make a short film – including writing, shooting, editing and scoring – over a 48-hour period. The competition is open to both amateur and professionals, with prizes to be awarded recognising strengths from technical skills to storytelling to the originality of concept.

Registrations are OPEN NOW.

In 2017, the contest runs from 7PM Friday April 7 until 7PM Sunday April 9, 2017.  Check out the full terms and conditions of the Challenge. Interstate teams are welcome to enter but you do have to be in Hobart to pick up your prompts package on April 7.

The films will be screened at a finale event on Thursday April 13 2017 to which the general public is also invited. An industry panel will award prizes across a range of categories.  Tickets are on sale now!

Looking for team-mates?

Join the Tasploitation Challenge Facebook Group and find others in the same boat! We also recommend checking out the Wide Angle Tas crew directory and joining the Tasmanian Filmmakers Facebook Group to reach the highest number of potential collaborators.

ABC Open Southern Tasmania followed Carmen Falk’s team for the making RAVENOUS, her award-winning film for the 2013 48-Hr Tasploitation Challenge. See their short documentary about it below:

Ravenous a film in 48 Hours from ABC Open Southern Tasmania on Vimeo.


The 48-Hour “Tasploitation” Challenge was initiated in 2013, funded by a small grant from Events Tasmania. Teams were invited to make a short horror film in 48 hours in response to prompts received (eg. a line of dialogue, a prop to be incorporated). The results of these efforts were screened a few weeks later to a sold-out audience, with celebrity judges and prizes awarded. The Tasploitation Challenge proved immediately popular with audiences and filmmakers alike, and returned to again be part of SWMF in 2014.

The concept of “Tasploitation” is a mash-up of the words “Tasmania” and “exploitation” and refers to a style of filmmaking and/or marketing that was created to allow independent films to compete with their bigger budget counterparts. In this sense, “exploitation” can refer to exploiting a film’s subject in a salacious or sensational way that is meant to attract a populist audience, or to refer to films that are marketed in such a way – even though the film itself might be more serious in its aims. In the context of this competition, filmmakers are encouraged to interpret the concept however they wish, and may work in horror or other genres (eg. fantasy, sci-fi, experimental, crime). One of the prizes awarded, the Tasmaniana Award, is for the film that most interestingly or amusingly incorporates a specifically Tasmanian aspect (whether a location, an idea or a tone). This prize is designed to encourage filmmakers to engage with the location in which they are shooting.

The Tasploitation Challenge is open to filmmakers of all genders, amateur and professional alike, and has been one of the more “grassroots” aspects of the SWMF festival. It has proven to be a galvanising force for the local film community and has resulted in many exciting collaborations, in some cases being the impetus for a new filmmaker’s first foray into production.

Tasploitation logo by Scott Campbell.