72 Hour Challenge 2020

We're back! The Southwest's largest and most exciting film challenge returns with a 72 Hour Short Film Challenge taking place February 14-17, 2020. Open to all ages and skill levels. You only need a passion for filmmaking and the desire to become Almost Famous! Participate from outside of Phoenix. Teams registered so far.

The challenge kicks-off on Friday, February 14 at 7p.m. when we reveal the Theme, Line of Dialogue and Prop that must be incorporated into your films. You then have 3 days or 72 hours to film, edit and turn-in your movie by the 7p.m. deadline on Monday, February 17. *Kick-off party details and location coming soon.

Our Judges Panel will watch and score your films to produce the Top 20 that will screen before a live audience at our incredibly entertaining *Public Screening on February 27. Yes, if you make the Top 20 you will see your film on the BIG SCREEN in front of hundreds of cheering people!

The Official Guidelines will also be revealed on our A3F Facebook page at 7p.m on Friday, February 14 for those that can not attend the kick-off party.
Assign a TEAM LEADER to pay the registration fee below (teams can be any size). The team leader receives two complimentary tickets to our Top 20 Public Screening and a FREE A3F T-Shirt. Sign-up now through Jan. 31 for $40. The fee moves to $50 Feb. 1-14.

To register, use your credit/debit card or PayPal account (no refunds please). Type your Team Name in the space provided and fill out this online release form.

Team Name:
The Top 20 Public Screening is 7-9p.m. on February 27, 2020 at AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatres in downtown Phoenix. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased below with a credit/debit card or PayPal. Please type in your First/Last name for Will Call. You can change the quantity of tickets ordered after clicking the "Add To Cart" button. Will Call will be in the exterior lobby of AMC Theatres and will open at 5p.m. on Feb. 27. **No refunds please.

Will Call First/Last Name:
  • Films must be 1-5 minutes long (including credits).
  • All footage must 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.
  • Chris Leps - For over twenty five years, Chris has played an active role in cinema. His diverse career began at the Walt Disney Company in 1989, and his passion for film, along with his athletic background, has led Chris to stunt performances in more than 170 episodes of TV and over 40 feature films. Credits include 24, Alias, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avatar, the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Westworld and most recently on the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian.
  • Amanda Melby - Professional actor for over 30 years, SAG-AFTRA/AEA member, owner/head coach of Verve Studios, Faculty Associate at ASU, Theatre and Film Director and Producer. Recently produced and starred alongside the late René Auberjonois in the feature film Raising Buchanan.
  • 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.
  • 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.