Filmmakers invited to try ‘24-Hour Film Race’

06/03/2012 5:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:10 AM

The Tallgrass Film Association and CreativeRush, a local organization that regularly hosts panels featuring local creatives discussing their work and processes, are teaming up for a filmmaker challenge.

“Down to the Wire: A 24-Hour Film Race” is a competition with teams of filmmakers making a short film in only 24 hours. Filmmaking “races” like this have been hits in other cities; this is Wichita’s first such competition.

The race is open to film professionals or novices, and teams can enter with one or up to 15 people. Teams will have 24 hours to write, produce, shoot and edit a short film that is six minutes or less. Each film must contain four randomly drawn elements (such as a particular theme or prop).

The race is scheduled to begin Aug. 9 and conclude Aug. 10. After the films have been submitted, a committee will choose 10 films that will be featured in a showcase at the Orpheum Theatre on Aug. 12, where a panel of judges will live-critique the films and choose winners.

The first-place prize package includes a screening at the Tallgrass Film Festival in October, a filmmaking grant from Vimeo, film festival passes for all team members, a free one-night stay at the Hotel at WaterWalk and more. Prizes also will be given to second- and third-place films, as well as best student film and a “People’s Choice” winner.

Registration opened Friday. The cost to enter is $60 per team and $50 for teams containing a student or Tallgrass association member. Teams must read and agree to rules and regulations posted at, where teams can sign up online.

Sounds like fun. Good luck!

Summer schooling — To help budding filmmakers prepare for the filmmaker challenge, Tallgrass Film Association is hosting two summer filmmaking courses.

“Screenwriting for Low-Budget Production” will feature actress and screenwriter Laura Lee Bahr in an intensive seminar about writing a script that incorporates assets you know you have (such as existing locations or props). It will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. June 23 at the Innovation Center at WDDC, 507 E. Douglas. Registration is $25 ($20 for students/teachers/seniors/military/Tallgrass members).

On July 21, filmmaker Christopher Metzler will present “I Have This Great Idea: Documentary Production 101,” from 1 to 5 p.m., also at the Innovation Center at WDDC.

The workshop will introduce students with minimal or no experience to the crucial issues of producing and directing a documentary. Registration is $25 ($20 for students/teachers/seniors/military/Tallgrass members).

To register for either course, go to

Screenwriting award — The Media Resources Center at Wichita State University announced in May that Suzanne Hodsden is the 2012 winner of its annual Carol & Elton Holman Screenwriting Competition.

Hodsden’s winning screenplay, “Alexandra the Almost,” focuses on a young girl who, while trying to navigate her way through a difficult life, finds the assistance of a man with miraculous powers.

The $500 award was first given in 1998 and is in remembrance of Carol Holman, the first director of the Media Resources Center.

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