72 Hour Challenge 2021

The A3F presents Fright Fest 2 "Hallway of Horrors," a 72 Hour Short Film Challenge taking place October 8-11, 2021. Open to teams of all sizes and abilities, this is your chance to make a classic horror film, whether it's a comedy, slasher, psychological or suspense-filled movie, it's completely up to you and your imagination! Teams registered so far.

Teams will have 3 days or 72 hours to make a 1-5 minute film incorporating this year's Official Guidelines. Your sleepless nights will start at 7p.m. on Friday, October 8 at our Kick-Off Party at 810 Bowling in downtown Phoenix. Films are then due by the 7p.m. deadline on Monday, October 11. Don't live in Phoenix, you can participate from anywhere! Click here for more info.

All films that beat the 72 Hour Deadline, will be watched and scored by our panel of Judges. The Top 20 films will then premiere at our Public Screening on October 21 at AMC Theatres in downtown Phoenix before a live audience and conclude with an Awards Ceremony! **If we are unable to have in-person gatherings as a result of COVID-19, we will move to an online kick-off and screening Showcase.
To sign-up, type in your Team Name and pay the registration fee below ($40 September 1-30, $50 October 1-8, $30 Students). No refunds please. The Team Leader must also fill out the online release form before participating in the challenge.

Registration Fee
Team Name:
School Name (if applicable):
All films must contain a scene in a hallway or corridor and incorporate the following guidelines which will be revealed on Friday, October 8 at 7p.m.
  • Theme:
  • Prop:
  • Line of Dialogue:
  • Films must be 5 minutes long or less, including credits.
  • All footage should be shot during the 72 hour time period (animators are allowed to create pre-challenge templates).
  • Filmmakers should own all rights to any footage and/or music within their films.
  • Although we do not censor your films, gratuitous violence for no purpose will lower your scores.
  • Please abide by any/all local guidelines and rules concerning COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nathan Blackwell - As a writer and director Nathan has won nearly twenty awards from past A3F events. He's best known for the sci-fi comedy web series "Voyage Trekkers", which is a lot like the show "The Orville", but actually funny.
  • 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.

  • More judges coming soon!