The 24-hour filmmaking marathon is a fun competition and one of the highlights of the festival. Every year dozens of groups sign up to participate, and all finished films are screened during the festival to a crowd of several hundred people. Past entries have gone on to play at film festivals nationwide. Every participating group has only 24 hours to write, shoot and edit a 4-minute short film. No more than five people (cast and crew) per group are allowed to participate.

Half of each group's entry fee will go towards the award money. Over the last 14 years, we have paid out over $10,000.00 in cash awards, with the top award winning up to $600.00. Average awards over the last fourteen years:
1st place..............................$450.00
2nd place.............................$200.00
3rd place..............................$100.00
Certificates for Honorable Mention and Audience Choice will also be awarded.

Entry Deadlines:
Friday, February 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. MST

Entry Fee:
$50 per group Pay Entry Fee
NOTE: Half of the entry fee will go toward the prize money. The entry fee also includes 5 tickets (a $40 value) for the 24-hour filmmaking marathon screening on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Where and When:
You can participate from wherever you are. We will kick off the marathon on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. We will post the theme, object, and dialogue line on this website and participants upload their finished films no later than 24 hours later on Saturday, February 18, at 12:00 p.m. to be eligible for an award.

Entry Deadline:
Sign-up online: Anytime before Friday, February 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. MST
Kick-Off: The 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon starts on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. MST. Pay the extended entry fee online before 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, and you are qualified to participate. After payment of the entry fee, we will provide you with the entry form, general guidelines, and by the time of the marathon kick-off with the theme, object, and dialogue line for the 2017 competition. All films have to be finished and need to be uploaded 24 hours later on Saturday, February 18, by 12:00 p.m. MST.

Entry Form:
You will receive the entry form once you have paid the entry fee.

4 minutes or less

The LDS Film Festival is looking for entries demonstrating intelligence, spirituality, originality, integrity, and technical excellence in their approach to the subject matter and motto of the festival. No foul language, sexual content or graphic violence will be permitted. All submissions must be in English or subtitled in English.

Subject Matter:
Every year we will announce a new theme at the time the 24-hour filmmaking competition starts. With each theme we also ask each group to implement a specific object and dialogue line in their film. Last year's theme was Wonder, the object was a magnifying glass, and the dialogue line was I can't believe...

Rules and Regulations:
You can use any camera and editing equipment of your choice, but the final film must be a Quicktime file, ProRes 422 file, or H.264 file. You can upload your final film (via Dropbox, WeTransfer, Mega, SugarSync, HiTail, or other large file sending services) and email us a download link to feedback@ldsfilmfestival.org no later than 12:00 p.m. MST on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Make sure your film's resolution matches how you edited it.

At the start of the competition you need to know all of your team members, although you are allowed to substitute one team member during the making of the film. All films must be completely original and all permissions must be retained for any copyrighted media. Every group promises that it will play fair and keep the rules of the filmmaking marathon. No late entries will be allowed.

Entries will be judged based on artistic and technical proficiency, content and adherence to all contest rules. Additional points will be given for creative use of theme, object and dialogue line. Votes are determined on a grade point average. Judges' decisions are final.

All films will be screened and judged during the screening of all films at the LDS Film Festival on Thursday, March 2, 2017, beginning at 7:30 p.m.