Q.  Can we enter previously made movies in The NYC Midnight Run?

A.  No.  All movies must be created during the 24-hour time period and must be based on the theme provided.


Q.  Do we have to live in New York City to compete in The NYC Midnight Run?

A.  No.  The only geographic constraints are that one team representative must be in Manhattan on Friday, May 12th for the Theme Announcement (exceptions apply, see question below) and someone must drop-off the finished film by midnight the following night at the drop-off location in Manhattan.  Teams in the past have made 24-hour films in Boston, Detroit, and Austin and made the midnight deadline!


Q.  Do I have to go to the Theme Announcement?

A.  No, but you must contact us if you don't plan on attending.  If you have special circumstances that would make it extremely difficult for you to attend the theme announcement on Friday, May 12th, you must contact us at and request to receive the theme electronically.  There is no alternative on hand delivering your film on Saturday night.  A team member must physically deliver the finished film before midnight to the drop-off location in Manhattan.


Q.  What genre do we have to use for the films?

A.  The films may be in any genre the filmmakers like, including documentary.  The only requirement is that the "Theme" that is given on Friday night at the "Theme Announcement" be followed in the film.  An example of a theme is "Dirty Laundry" or "Spare Change."  The filmmakers have creative control whether to make the film funny, scary, dramatic, etc...


Q. Do we need to obtain permits for exterior locations if we are shooting in NYC?

A. The responsibility of obtaining permits & location releases lies upon each participating team.  If you plan on shooting in city streets, public parks, etc.., we strongly recommend that you research what is legal and what is illegal by going to the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.  (For example; if you would like to shoot in the middle of 42nd Street in Times Square at 3AM, you will absolutely need to obtain a permit.  If you would like to shoot handheld footage in Central Park, depending on what you are shooting, you will most likely not need a permit.)    That being said, we do not require any paperwork regarding permits for exterior locations when you are submitting your finished films.


Q.  What films will show at the "Best of" Screening?

A.  Up to 15 films, as chosen by the judges, will be screened at the "Best of" Screening.  Films that are submitted "late", within 3 hours after the midnight deadline, are still eligible for inclusion in the "Best of" Screening but are NOT eligible for prizes.


Q.  Do the movies have to be in English?

A.  No.  They may be in any language you like, but we strongly advise foreign movies to be subtitled or dubbed (as English-speaking judges and audience will be viewing them). 


Q.  What is the age limit for the participants?

A.  The only restriction on age is that the team representative must be 18 years of age or older.


Q.  Is there a limit to the number of team members?

A.  No.  There is no maximum or minimum number of team members.  So, if you think you can do it by yourself, go for it.








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