72 Hour Challenge

We're back! The Southwest's largest and most exciting film challenge returned February 17-20 with a special 72 Hour Short Film Challenge. Thirty-six teams from around Arizona and Southern California took on the task of making a 1-5 minute film in just 3 days with the hope of becoming Almost Famous! Filmmaker upload information.

Theme: Deception
Line of Dialogue: "This can't be happening."
Prop: a Text (where one or more character sends or receives a text)
Forget dinky art galleries or tiny has-been movie-houses, we are premiering the Top 20 Films on a HUGE screen at the AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatres in downtown Phoenix. The screening begins at 7p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. Tickets are just $10 each and can be ordered below with a debit/credit card or PayPal account (no refunds please).

Simply type in your first/last name for Will Call and press the "Add to Cart" button. On the next screen you can change the quantity of tickets you want to order. Tickets will be available on March 1 in the AMC Lobby at our A3F table starting at 5p.m. Questions, Contact Us.

Will Call First/Last Name:

Immediately following the screening, we will host an Awards Ceremony honoring the top films and individual performances. Then everyone is invited to attend the official After Party at 1130 The Restaurant just a few doors down from the theatre to unwind, relax and celebrate indie-filmmaking in Arizona.
  • Films must be 1-5 minutes long (including credits).
  • All footage should be shot within the 72 hour time period (locations can be scouted beforehand, animators are allowed to pre-sketch templates/characters).
  • Filmmakers should secure permission for all locations and any music/songs used within their films.
  • Adult content such as language, violence and sexual situations is allowed, however, make sure it fits your storyline and enhances your film.
  • Cast and crew must promise to have fun and become Almost Famous!

  • Judges Panel
  • Jason Francois - As Assistant A3F Director, Jason brings a wealth of film knowledge and experience to the panel. Jason excels in script-writing, directing and has a technical expertise on a movie set that has translated into several award-winning short films and a feature currently on Netflix.
  • Dona Wood - Excited to judge for the second time, Dona co-stars in two movies made for television, HIS DOUBLE LIFE, airing on Lifetime and OMINOUS on the SYFY channel. An alum of the A3F since 2005 and proud member of SAG/AFTRA.
  • Bill Pierce - Active in the valley's film scene for many years as a film critic, Bill is now taking his review and writing skills to The Cinema Files as a contributing columnist.
  • Anna H. Thorlaksdottir - Faculty member and instructor at The Film School at Scottsdale Community College.
  • Jae Staats - Founded the A3F in 2005 to bring a high-quality and filmmaker-inspired festival to the valley. Jae also runs BallBoy Productions, a local video production company and has collaborated on several award-winning short films and national commercials.