72 Hour Film Challenge 2024

Top 20 Public Screening February 29!

The 2024 A3F 72 Hour Film Challenge is officially on! Forty-three teams from across Arizona, NY and Georgia took part in our 72 Hour Film Challenge! Thirty-five teams beat the 72 hour deadline with our Judges Panel deciding on the Top 20 Films.


The Top 20 Films will screen on Thursday, February 29 at 7p.m. at Arizona Center 24 Theatres (565 N 3rd. St, Phoenix, AZ 85004) in downtown Phoenix. *Validated parking in garage located on NE corner of property. **Our Honorable Mentions screening takes place at 5:20p.m., tickets are good for both screenings.

This screening is SOLD OUT. There may be limited walk-up tickets for sale ($10 cash only) at our Will Call table inside the Theatre lobby starting at 6:45p.m. but can't guarantee availability.


Please join us after the Top 20 Screening at the Official A3F After Party. We will be walking across the street to the Sheraton Hotel's "& More" for a chance to mingle, eat and drink and celebrate another successful 72 Hour Challenge! Open to all ages and all cast/crew!


On Friday, Feb. 16 at 7p.m., we announced the Official Guidelines for the 72 Hour Challenge at our Kick-Off Party and on our social media pages. Teams had 3 days to make a 1-6 minute film. Teams that beat the 72 hour deadline have their films watched and scored by our Judges Panel and the Top 20 films will play at our legendary Public Screening on February 29 at AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatres in downtown Phoenix. Ticket on sale now!

  • Theme: a Defining Moment
  • Prop: a Microphone
  • Line of Dialogue: We all have a story to tell.

  • Films must be 1-6 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!


    A HUGE thanks to the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations towards this year's 72 Hour Short Film Challenge. Please check out our official sponsors and visit their websites for more information!

  • 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.
  • Amanda Melby - A professional Actor, Producer and Coach who has worked in every medium: film, television, commercials, industrials, print, voice over and theatre. Amanda is also is the owner and head coach of Verve Studios.
  • Laurie Love - Producer, Actress, Stuntwoman and Owner of Skibavision, a LA based production company. Some of Laurie's most recent and notable films are  “Pursuit” starring Emile Hirsch,  Jake Manley, and John Cusac and “The 2nd” starring Ryan Phillippe, Jack Griffo and Casper Van Dien.
  • Tray Goodman - A longtime director and producer with a prolific body of work that includes thousands of media projects, six feature films, and countless television shows. Tray has worked in over 20 countries and is a former member of the NATAS Board of Governors. When he’s not traveling, he’s thinking about traveling.
  • 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.