72 Hour Challenge 2020

We're back! The Southwest's largest and most exciting film challenge made a triumphant return February 14-17, 2020 with 54 Teams making a 1-5 minute film in just 3 Days or 72 Hours! Over 125+ filmmakers attended the kick-off party and got a rousing send-off from the enthusiastic crowd!

Online ordering for tickets is now closed. Tickets can be purchased at our Will Call table in the AMC Lobby starting at 5p.m. **This screening is close to selling out, we have roughly 40 tickets remaining as of 2p.m. on 2/27/20. Text 602.295.3147 to check for tix availability.

The Top 20 Public Screening is from 7-9p.m. on February 27, 2020 at AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatres (565 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004) in downtown Phoenix.
The challenge began on Friday, February 14 at 7p.m. when we revealed the Theme, Line of Dialogue and Prop that must be incorporated into the films. Filmmakers then had 3 days or 72 hours to film, edit and turn-in their movies by the 7p.m. deadline on Monday, February 17.

Our Judges Panel watched and scored the films to produce the Top 20 that screen before a live audience on the BIG SCREEN at our incredibly entertaining Public Screening on February 27.
  • 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.
  • Laurie Love - Laurie is an Arizona native, SAG-AFTRA Actress, Producer, Writer, and Stuntwoman whom found her love of filmmaking and the love of her life, director Brian Skiba, while competing in the Almost Famous Film Festival. She is currently writing, developing, acting and producing on several projects from Los Angeles and honored to be invited to judge.
  • 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.