One Minute One-Shot Short Film Challenge

Welcome to the A3F One Minute One-Shot Short Film Challenge. Sounds easy? Think again! With only two clicks of the camera and in just 60 seconds, you will create a short film that incorporates a Theme, Line of Dialogue and Prop. Every frame counts in this exciting new film challenge that will surely test your skills! March 12-14, 2021. Registered Teams.

The challenge begins on Friday, March 12 at 7p.m. when we will reveal the Theme, Line of Dialogue and Prop that must be incorporated into your film. Filmmakers then have 48 hours to film, edit and submit their one-shot movies by 7p.m. on Sunday, March 14. Films that make the deadline will premier on our Online Showcase (TBA).

The overall Top Drama and Top Comedy (as scored by our panel of judges) win $100 each. There will also be individual awards, Audience Favorite, 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.
Teams can be any size and all skill levels welcome. To register, type in your Team Name and Team Leader and pay the $10 entry fee below (no refunds please). The Team Leader must also sign this online release form before participating in the film challenge.

Team Name:
Team Leader:
Theme: Announced online at 7p.m. March 12, 2021.
Line of Dialogue: Announced online at 7p.m. March 12, 2021.
Prop: Announced online at 7p.m. March 12, 2021.

Films should incorporate the Theme, Line of Dialogue must be said word-for-word (or as a subtitle) and Prop should be used in a creative way.
  • Films must be exactly one minute long or less (credits do not count in your 60 seconds 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.