35 Teams Race, More than 700 Attend Top Ten Showcase
The second year of Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race proved to be an even bigger success than the first. 35 teams participated in the race on Friday, with 28 turning in final films on Saturday and 746 attendees at the Top Ten Showcase on Sunday - proving that Wichita's independent filmmaking/appreciating community is strong and growing.
The films, 6 minutes or less, had to include four required elements which were chosen at random on Friday evening:
Prop: Car radio (no logos)
1st Place/Gold: UNMASKED
popchips & Tallgrass Team Up for #crunchtime at Down to the Wire
popchips and Tallgrass Film Festival are stacking our chips high and anteing up the competition at this weekend's Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race.
Participating filmmaking teams will be given another opportunity to win, by showcasing how popchips come to their rescue when it comes down to crunch time over the weekend as they write, produce and edit an original 6-minute short film. Teams will receive a limited supply of popchips and then must tweet photos of popchips fueling their filmmaking fire to @popchips with the hashtags #crunchtime and #DTTW between 7 pm on Friday, August 9 and 7 pm on Sunday, August 11. The most creative photograph (keep it PG-13 folks!) will win 2 VIP TALLPasses to the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in October and a month's supply of popchips.
Bombardier Learjet Presents the 2nd DOWN TO THE WIRE: 24 HOUR FILM RACE, with $1,000 Prize from Vimeo
For the second year in a row, Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab and CreativeRush unite for DOWN TO THE WIRE: A 24 HOUR FILM RACE, presented by Bombardier Learjet, which is celebrating its 50 year anniversary of the first flight of the Learjet, the original business jet. Down to the Wire celebrates cinema in a fast-paced, voyage of filmmaking, which is perfectly complemented by the 2013 Tallgrass Film Festival's theme of "flight", the partnership with Bombardier Learjet whose founder’s creative vision brought a dream to life, and the surge of energy of initiative from CreativeRush.
The race takes place from August 9-11 and participants can enter on their own as a team of one or with up to fifteen people. Teams have 24 hours to write, produce, shoot and edit a short film that is six minutes or less. All films are required to include four pre-selected elements including a theme, a prop, a location and a line of dialogue, which are randomly selected at the beginning of the race. In 2012, the Down to the Wire race attracted 34 teams (well over 100 filmmakers) and an audience of more than 500, who showed up to support Wichita’s local filmmaking community.
The weekend kicks off with a Producer’s meeting on Friday, August 9 at Mindfire Academy (4031 E. Harry) at 6:00 pm. Each team may then begin the process of creating their film, which must be turned no later than 7:00 pm to the Tallgrass Film Association office (212 N. Market) on Saturday, August 10. A curated team of Tallgrass Film Association programmers and CreativeRush advisors will screen each film and select the top ten, which will then be showcased at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 11th. The showcase is open to the public (GA tickets: $8). A VIP Panel of judges (TBA) will live critique each film and the winners will receive prizes as listed below.
All films completed may be submitted for consideration into 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival no later than September 1 with no entry fee.
Official hashtag: #DTTW Official website: http://dttwfilmrace.com
1st Place: $1,000 Filmmaking Grant from Vimeo, Gala screening at the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, Personalized Filmmaker Passes for up to 8 registered team members ($195 value/pass), Up to 4 members of team may participate in a complimentary filmmaking class offered at Mindfire Academy.
Audience Award: Weekend at the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival includes up to 6 personalized Filmmaker Passes for registered team members ($195 value/pass), and 2 nights at the Hotel at Waterwalk, the official hotel of the Tallgrass Film Festival
Silver: Complimentary Gala tickets for up to 10 team members to the Opening Night Gala Film & Party at the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival on October 16th, Private screening for up to 20 people in the LivingSound Screening Room at the Tallgrass Film Festival office (after October)
Bronze: 2 Complimentary General Admission tickets to the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival for all registered team members (good for any GA screening)
Student Film: Student TALLPass ($80 value) for up to 4 registered team members for the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival
Prizes offered by Tallgrass Film Association and MIndfire Academy will be handled directly by each organization.
$100 per team and $70 for teams containing a student or TFA member (with valid ID.) For a full description of rules and regulations visit creativerush.org.
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
“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.