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Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race

Get Ready for Down to the Wire with 2 Q&A Sessions and Production Workshop

2012 Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race Results

Down to the Wire: A 24 Hour Film Race gave teams of up to 15 people 24 hours to write, shoot and edit a film less than six minutes long. All films were required to incorporate four given elements: a theme, location, prop and line of dialogue, randomly drawn at the race's beginning.

The results? Choosing the Top Ten teams proved to be more difficult than the judges expected; first they had to eliminate 17 films from the running. As Wichita’s first ever 24-hour film race has come to a close, CreativeRush and Tallgrass Film Association registered 34 teams for the competition, including several well-known Wichita filmmakers and a team of junior high students, with 27 films ultimately submitted.

UPDATE: DTTW Winners Announced

1st Place: RE-UP
2nd Place: STEP HOOKER
3rd Place: PANTS
Audience Award: PANTS
Student Award: OR MAYBE
Honorable Mentions: CONTROL, THE ROOM

“Never in our wildest dreams did we expect to see so many teams register in our first year,” says TFA Executive Director Lela Meadow-Conner. “The excitement for this film race just goes to show what a creative pulse we have in Wichita, and how much fun the realm of independent filmmaking can be. We can't wait to host it again next year and make this an annual affair."

Down to the Wire kicked off Friday, August 10th at 6:00 p.m. with a Producers’ Meeting at Wichita Downtown Development Corporation. Filmmakers had until 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 11th to complete and submit films at the Tallgrass Film Association office. Filmmakers and sponsor organizations followed the race live via Twitter, as all involved were encouraged to document their experiences using the hashtag #DownToTheWire.

"It's amazing what people can creatively come up with under pressure," says CreativeRush founder Kylie Brown. "We saw teams trying to throw each other off through their tweets. We saw photos of horses, sunrises and middle-of-the-night caffeine breaks. For those of us not competing, it was really fun to watch the race unfold live."

A VIP panel of judges provided live critiques of the Top Ten films at the public screening. Judges awarded First, Second and Third Place honors and The Student Film Award. The audience also voted for the Audience Choice Award. VIP judges for Down to the Wire are Sarah Kallail, KWCH Producer and actor with "Say What Improvisational Comedy Troupe"; Wynn Ponder, writer/filmmaker and Managing Partner for IMG Pictures and Impression Pictures; and Peter Jasso, Director of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

The first place film will be highlighted at a gala screening during the 10th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival October 18th through 21st, all access VIP TALLPasses for all team members, a $500 filmmaking grant from Vimeo, and a free filmmaking class at the Digital Arts Studio at CityArts. All participating filmmakers will have the opportunity to submit their films to the 10th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival.

Tickets for the Top Ten Showcase are free for all registered teams and $3 to the public, available at the door.

Down to the Wire was sponsored in part by KMUW and Monster Energy Drink.