►2003 short film competition



► Anyone from around the world may enter

► There are 2 rounds

1st Round:  Teams of filmmakers are placed randomly in heats.  Each heat is assigned a genre and a subject.  Some past examples of this are:  genre-comedy  subject-competing lemonade stands, genre-musical  subject-animal rights.  The list of possible genres is below:





Silent Movie

Film Noir







Romantic Comedy


Political Satire

Fairy Tale



Crime Caper

Samurai / Kung Fu (Martial Arts)



► Teams have 2 weeks to write, shoot, edit, and score a 10 minute (maximum) short movie and send to NYC for judging.

► Winners are chosen from each heat and are invited to participate in the Final Round held in NYC to compete for the grand prize ($10,000 in 2003)

Final Round:  Teams all receive the same subject and genre and have 24 hours to create and submit a movie from scratch...from midnight to midnight.  The movies are viewed by a panel of judges who choose the top movies - the winner takes home the grand prize!





The 2003 Competition attracted 279 teams of filmmakers from 40 states and 6 countries around the world.  Teams competed from as far away as Hawaii, Denmark, and Australia in the first round.  The movies were outstanding, and narrowing the field down to 24 teams was very difficult.  After screening and re-screening the top movies in each heat, heat winners were chosen and announced on September 23, 2003.


The 24 heat winners consisted of talented teams of filmmakers from all across North America.  They met in NYC  over the weekend of October 17-19 to compete in the final round of the competition and a chance at the $10,000 grand prize.  Representatives from the teams met at DV Dojo on Friday night to receive their 24-hour movie genre and subject.  Press and filmmakers jammed the room as the competition clock ticked towards midnight.


As the alarm went off to signal midnight, the teams opened their envelopes to reveal the final assignment of the competition : Genre - MYSTERY  Subject - AN UNWANTED GIFT.  The room quickly emptied with the final round underway. 


Innovative strategies came into play this year, as teams from Austin, TX and Detroit, MI produced their entire 24-hour movie in their hometowns and a representative uploaded the movie in Manhattan.  The bulk of the teams stayed in Manhattan and in the end, 22 of the 24 teams submitted their movies by midnight the following night.




Over 1,000 people attended the final round screenings of the first round movies, a documentary of the 2002 competition, and the completed 24-hour movies.  On Sunday, October 19, at United Artist's Battery Park Theater in Tribeca, the hard work of the filmmakers was shown on the big screen to a sold-out audience.


Congratulations to team ONE STEAK LEFT (New York, NY) and team representative Jason Ubaldi for capturing the Grand Prize and 1st Place in the 2003 competition.  Their film, "Drake's Cake", was about an office mate, who through the help of his alter ego, comes to the rescue of a damsel distressed over her Secret Santa gift.  Following close behind in second place was team TUSCAN NOMADS (Austin, TX) headed by team representative, Damon Chang.  Their film, "Visions", was set in the late 1880's where a simple country bafoon receives an unexpected gift from god to see into the future.






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