International 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon

Everyone around the globe can participate in the 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon. You don't have to be physically present at the start of the competition.

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. 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.

We will kick off the marathon at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017. We will post the theme, object, and dialogue line on the festival website and participants must upload their finished films no later than 24 hours later on Saturday, February 18.

Sign-up online anytime before Friday, February 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. MST, by paying the entry fee.

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2017 Festival Dates

The festival dates for the 2017 LDS Film Festival will be March 1-4, 2017, at the Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah.

Detailed program information and tickets for all events will be available beginning Monday, February 13.

All events are open to the public and take place at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem (745 South State Street).

Get Ready for Another Great Festival

What began as a short film festival, is now a major event that premieres and showcases an impressive array of feature films, documentaries, special screenings, and short films.

Attendance is now averaging 4000-7000 visitors each year. Most of the films shown at the festival are world or Utah premieres.

Since its inception, the LDS Film Festival has awarded and paid out over $45,000 in cash awards to LDS filmmakers.

The motto of the festival is: "The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth." (D&C 93:36). The festival is looking for intelligent stories and films that deal with spirituality in a universal way. The stories may deal with Gospel issues, however, this is not a requirement. Light and truth can be found in every aspect of life.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The LDS Film Festival offers multiple sponsorship opportunities that allow you to have a presence at the festival and reach filmmakers and audiences alike.

Over the last ten years, attendance has been steady, averaging 4000 to 7000 visitors each year. The LDS Film Festival is the premiere film festival for the Utah and LDS film community, bringing together key players in the regional film industry, including filmmakers, industry professionals, distributors, and investors.

Please contact us at feedback@ldsfilmfestival.org for more information. Your support is greatly appreciated.