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Fidelity Bank Presents: Down to the Wire

TFA & CreativeRush unite for the 5th Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race from June 17-19th, 2016, presented by Fidelity Bank.  “Down to the Wire showcases the creative spirit that makes Wichita a special community,” said Aaron Bastian, Fidelity Bank president. “We can’t help but be inspired by the fearless filmmakers that rise to this challenge and collaborate to bring their visions to life.”

Who Races?

The film race is open to professionals, hobbyists, film enthusiasts and novices who are up for the ultimate creative challenge. In 2015, team members ranged in age from 8 years old to senior citizen, 27 teams raced (totaling more than 265 registered filmmakers) and more than 900 people showed up to support Wichita’s filmmaking community at the Top 10 Film Showcase.

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 elements that are randomly selected at the beginning of the race and all content must be original and created within the 24 hour time period.

Student Racers

Elementary, middle, high school and college students are encouraged to participate and past years have included racers from all across the Wichita-metro region from schools including Robinson Middle School, Maize High School, Andover Central High School, Wichita East High School, WSU and KSU, to name just a few. (Student teams receive a registration discount.)

How It Works

The race begins on Saturday morning at 6:30 am and ends on Sunday morning at 7:00am.  (Click for full schedule.) A 5 person jury screens each finished film and selects the top ten films, which are then showcased at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 19th. The showcase is open to the public. A VIP Panel of judges - Tallgrass alumni filmmaker James Choi, KMUW’s Fletcher Powell, KWCH’s Emily Griffin - will live critique each film and choose the winners, while the Audience votes for their favorite as well.

This Year's Prizes: $2,500 in Cash & DTTW:KC

The Grand Prize winner as selected by the VIP judges, wins a $2,000 Filmmaking Grant from Vimeo and more. A $500 cash prizes also goes to the Best Student Film, sponsored by the Arts Council. (See the full list of prizes here, including 2nd & 3rd place.)

New this year, five of the Top 10 films will go on to compete in the DTTW:KC, which takes place at the AMC Theatres in Leawood, KS on August 27th. The showcase will be hosted by Wichita-native Sarah Kallail, and the films will be live critiqued by a TBA panel of KC-based industry professionals. "DTTW:KC is designed to connect the Wichita and Kansas City filmmaking communities, cross-pollenate talent and spark collaboration,” said TFA Executive DIrector Lela Meadow-Conner. “We are extremely grateful to AMC Theatres for their generous support of this venture."

Three of the five selections will be the 2016 Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race 1st Place Film and Best Student Film as determined by the VIP Judge’s Panel, and the Audience Award winner. The worldwide audience will have a say in programming the remaining two DTTW:KC selections when two more films wil  join the lineup via an online competition beginning on July 8th. The winner of the Top 5 showcase in Kansas City will receive the DTTW Best of Kansas Award. "

Important Links

  • Watch films from the last four years here.
  • Register here ($150/$125 student team.))
  • Go to the Top 10 Showcase ($10 online/$12 at the door.)
  • View Rules and Regulations visit DTTWFilmRace.com.
  • All films completed may be submitted for consideration at the 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival no later than September 1 with no entry fee.

Thank You, Sponsors

DTTW is presented by Fidelity Bank. Additional support comes from Vimeo, the Wichita Orpheum Theatre, The Arts Council, KMUW, and  KWCH.