FilmFest: A “Make a Film Using Your Smartphone in 24 Hours” Contest - 2017

Calling all Student Filmmakers!!!

The FilmFest Contest is designed specifically for the TheatreFest 2017 students.  The contest is envisioned as a fun way to bring student film makers from around Texas together to learn from and experience the work of their peers.

During the 24 hour event, every team will receive the same prompt (see the prompt below) detailing the genre, a prop and some lines of dialogue. Each of these elements is required in a completed 2-3 minute film made with a smartphone. You and your team then have from Thursday at 3:30 pm until Friday at 3:30 pm, to create a dynamic short film. All creation must occur within the competition period: writing, rehearsing, shooting, editing, graphics, etc.

The Competition is held at TheatreFest and the showings of the completed films will be shown on Friday night at the Moody Garden’s IMAX/3D Theatre!

Registration Fee – There is no registration fee!  Contest is open to all students that are registered for the full TheatreFest Convention.

Awards and Certificates:


3 - $200 awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Public School entries

3 - $200 awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place College/University entries


Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound/Lighting,

Best Editing, Best Use of the Prompt, Best Ensemble Cast and Other Notable Areas

2017 Prompt:

Your Genre:

Each Team will draw for a specific genre (type of film) that the script must be written within.  This style or treatment must be throughout the story.  Types of genres (or sub genres) include, but are not limited to:

Comedy * Horror * Western * Drama * Romance * Sci Fi * Action * Adventure * Parody *

Film Noir * Mockumentory

Your Prop:

Each Team will draw for a specific item (prop) that must clearly visible and somehow featured in the movie.


Your Dialogue:

Each Team must use five of the lines below! This dialogue must be kept in intact sentences, but the order, the timing or usage of these sentences is entirely up to the Team. These five sentences MUST be able to be heard clearly in the final movie.

“They ain’t cuddly like me.”; “Well, you were right about this being a bad idea.”;

“Did you really think that would work?; “You are dead to me.”; “I know kung fu.”;

“We have a connection.”; “I got poked! Right here!”; “You paid money for this”;

“Looks can be deceiving.”; “I can’t believe you ate that!”; “Fluffy don’t float!!”;

“Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”; “Didn’t I see you on the Walking Dead?!”; “You’re FIRED!!”;

“I feel like I am in a bad 24 hour film contest!” and “They misunderestimated me!!”


FilmFest Schedule - 2017

The Goal: Write, shoot and edit a short (3 minutes or less) PG rated film in 24 hours with a smartphone. With teamwork and complete focus, you can make a cohesive and entertaining movie in an exceptionally short time frame.  The following rules apply to each Participating Team:

Contest Duration:


FilmFest - Filmmaking with a Smartphone - 1/26/2017 - 8:00 am to 10:45 am

Where - Garden Terrace

Description - All interested in FilmFest, TETA's first ever 24 hour Film Contest Learn all about

the latest tools and apps to help tell your story with a smartphone or tablet. From cinematic lenses to

bit rate changing apps, see why mobile filmmaking is all the rage!

FilmFest 2017 will occur between Thursday at 3:30 pm through Friday at 3:30 pm.  The prompt for the contest will be given out during the workshop at TheatreFest:

FilmFest - 24 Hour Film Contest Orientation and Draw - 1/26/2017 - 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Where - Garden Terrace

Description - All interested in FilmFest, TETA's first ever 24 hour Film Contest. Student Team Registration and Orientation - Teams will sign-up to make a short film using a smartphone in 24 hours.  The following will be drawn at this time: Type of film (genre style), mandatory prop and specific lines required to use in the film.  3 minute or less film will be written, cast, filmed and edited in 24 hours.  Prizes will be given for the 1st through 3rd place.  Come be a part of this new contest!

Film Drop Off/Deadline:

FilmFest Contest - Advising, Problem Solving and Submission (Deadline to submit - 3:30 pm) - 1/27/2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Where - Garden Terrace

Description – This is a workshop to receive some last minute advice on editing and other problem solving for the FilmFest 24 Hour Film Contest.  Submissions of al smartphone films must be at

3:30 pm, no later.

Awards Night/Public Showing:

FilmFest Contest Films/2016 UIL Film Contest Winner Showings - 1/27/2017 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where - Moody Garden's IMax/3D Theatre (One of the largest screens in Texas!)

Description - Come and see films made by students in TETA's first filmmaking competition,

FilmFest!  Also, the award winning films from last years (2016) UIL Film Contest will be shown.  Come

and go as you please.

Contact Info:

Email –Mr. Chris Caddel, or Dr. Jerry Ivins,

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Darve Smith,
Jan 23, 2017, 7:17 AM
Darve Smith,
Jan 23, 2017, 7:17 AM