One Minute One-Shot Short Film Challenge

The A3F One Minute One-Shot Short Film Challenge took place March 12-14, 2021. Forty-five teams of filmmakers from across Arizona and beyond made 1-2 minute films in just one-shot or two clicks of the record button. Watch the 33 films that beat the 48 Hour Deadline. Recap and Results coming soon...

Teams had 48 hours to film, edit and submit their one-shot movies (and incorporating this year's Official Guidelines) by 7p.m. on Sunday, March 14. Thirty-three teams made the deadline and you can watch their films here

The overall Top Drama and Top Comedy (as scored by our panel of judges) won $100 each. $300 in Sprouts Farmers Market gift cards went to our 2nd and 3rd place teams as well. There were also individual awards, Most Views, Best Acting, Best Cinematography, Best Use of the Guidelines and the coveted Best Story and Best Director awards named in memory of Brock H. Brown and Ryan Thomas Andersen.
  • Theme: Something Unexpected
  • Line of Dialogue: "Didn't see that coming." *Must be said/written word-for-word but you can add words to the beginning or end of the phrase.
  • Prop: Box or Envelope *Prop can be any kind of box or envelope where a character opens or closes them. Be creative and think outside-the-box😉.
  • Bonus Guideline: We're giving you an extra MINUTE😃 so films can be up to 2 minutes long (excluding credits).
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  • Films can be two minutes long or less (credits do not count in your 2 minutes and can be added at the end of your film).
  • You are only allowed one shot or one take in your film, that's just two clicks of the record button.
  • All footage should be shot during the 48 hour time period.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.