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Insomniac filmmakers reign as Down to the Wire: 24-Hour Film Race returns

Sleep-deprived filmmakers will take to the streets for the Down to the Wire: 24-Hour Film Race.
Sleep-deprived filmmakers will take to the streets for the Down to the Wire: 24-Hour Film Race. Getty Images

Tallgrass Film Association and CreativeRush are gearing up for the 7th Annual Down to the Wire: 24-Hour Film Race, in which teams will write, shoot and edit a 6-minute film in just 24 hours using specific required elements. The race and top 10 showcase gets bigger every year. Last year, 279 people competed on 40 teams, drawing a crowd of 1,000 to the Orpheum Theatre for the Sunday night showcase.

Here's what you need to know about this year's weekend-long event:

Who can do the race: Anyone of any age and experience level. Teams can have one to 10 people.

How much: $250 per team.

The rules: All content must be original and created within the 24-hour time period. Films must contain all required elements including any surprise elements. Films must be six minutes or less from the start of the film to the end of the credits. Complete rules can be found at www.dttwfilmrace.com/faq.

The timeline: Teams must send one producer to a meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Fidelity Bank, 100 E. English. The team's director (it can be the same as the producer) must attend a meeting at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at the same location. The race begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 30.

The top 10 showcase: 7 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets are $15 online at www.dttwfilmrace.com or $20 at the door (team participants don't have to buy tickets).

The prizes: First place is $1,000, TALLPasses for the entire team to the 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival, a screening of the film at the festival and more. Best student film is $250 and the team receives weekend passes to the film festival (to be considered a student team more than half of the team must be under the age of 21). Audience award gets a screening of the film at the festival and weekend passes for the team. Outstanding female-led team is $500, awarded by the Female Filmmakers of Wichita. There are additional awards.

The judges: This year’s panel of VIP judges is made up of professional filmmakers, including KU film professor and actress Laura Kirk, Los Angeles-based cinematographer Danny Roew, and Koch Industries cinematographer Jon Speyers.

More information: www.dttwfilmrace.com

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