COMPETITION: Feb. 3-6
PREMIERE: Feb. 12
Early Bird: Nov. 15 – Dec. 14
Regular: Dec. 15 – Jan. 14
Late: Jan. 15 – Feb. 3
2022 CHALLENGE WEEKEND
Thurs., 2/3 @ 8PM: Kickoff
Feb. 3-6: make great films
Sun., 2/6 @ 8PM: Drop Off
The Winter Film Challenge is a competition where teams have 72 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film. Each team will be given a different genre for their film, as well as a specific prop and line of dialogue that must be included in the final film.
Completed films will be shown at the Official Screener a week following the Challenge. Qualifying films will be judged by a panel of film professionals and creative leaders. Prizes will be given out at the screener in the form of trophies, gift certificates, goodie bags, and a $1000 cash prize for the winning best film. A virtual screener will be made available to teams that cannot make the in-person Official Screener.
FILM PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS
The Winter Film Challenge is a competition where teams have 72 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film. At the Event Kickoff, Teams will select a genre out of a hat and the MFA will announce the prop and line of dialogue that must be included in every final film.
- Elements and themes of a Team’s selected genre must be present.
- The line of dialogue must be said at least once onscreen by an actor. The line of dialogue cannot be shown as text or any physical manifestation.
- The prop must be visible and prominent on screen at least once during the film. A photograph of the prop will suffice, but it is not enough just to mention the object in dialogue.
Failure to follow any of these requirements will result in a film being disqualified from awards, but will still be shown at the Official Screener.
All creativity, preparation and filming must take place during the designated three days. Teams are not allowed to do any work ahead of the Challenge. This includes, but is not limited to, scripting, rehearsing, shooting, editing, finding music, sound design, etc.
The only work you CAN do ahead of Event Kickoff is organize a crew and cast, secure equipment and find locations.
Animation and special effects are allowed but must be created during the designated three days.
Stock footage is not allowed and will mean disqualification from awards.
Teams are allowed to use pre-recorded music and sound effects, as long as they have written permission from the artist/composer in the form of a Music Release.
To participate and submit a film in the Winter Film Challenge, every team must:
- Own all the right to the film produced. This includes but is not limited to any music, sound effects, digital recordings, images or video.
- Obtain written permission in the form of a Talent Release from each person who appears in the film.
- Obtain written permission from all crew in the form of a Crew Release.
- Obtain written permission from all locations used in the form of a Location Release.
- Teams must submit signed copies of all documentation to the MFA upon submitting the final film. Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in a film being disqualified from awards and eliminated from any public broadcast opportunities.
A copy of a Talent, Crew, Location and Music Release will be given to each Team Leader before Event Kickoff.
All films produced for the Winter Film Challenge must be suitable for publication and public display. Films may not contain obscene or pornographic material, films may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity and may not contain any copyrighted elements.
Any films containing content that is determined to be obscene, offensive or defamatory by the MFA will be disqualified and removed from the Official Screener and all subsequent screeners. The MFA reserves the right to decide if a finished film is appropriate for viewing.
All finished films must run between 5-10 minutes, including opening and closing credits. Teams can include up to 15 seconds of credits total.
Any films received after 8pm on Sunday will be shown at the Official Screener, but disqualified from awards. No exceptions!
Teams must turn in signed copies of provided releases for all talent, crew, locations and music with their finished film. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from awards.
Teams are not allowed to distribute their film in any way prior to the Official Screening (ex. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Teams are allowed to share behind-the-scenes photos or stills from their finished film.