3rd Annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race Results
Of the 31 teams that raced in this year's Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race, 29 completed and turned in films. Combined team members and their crews totaled 310 Wichitans who participated in the making of these movies over 24 hours. 820 community members showed up to support their efforts. Big thanks to our presenting sponsor Blacktop Nationals and our VIP Judges Jason Opat, Anita Cochran and Shawn Rhodes. Below, find a list of Top 10 Showcase films, Student, Audience and Judges winners. See you next year!
This year's required elements:
TOP 10 SHOWCASE (in no particular order)
1. Team #18 - The Good, The Bad & The Furry (Western)
2. Team #13 - Better Luck This Time (Fantasy)
3. Team #1 - The Curse of the Cat (Musical)
4. Team #19 - Le Chat Noir (Film Noir)
5. Team #4 - Pussies (Western)
6. Team #5 - Copy Cat (Fictional Biopic)
7. Team #29 - Clowder (Coming of Age)
8. Team #11 - Catnap (RomCom)
9. Team #12 - Cat Zero (Creature Feature)
10. Team #16 -One Life Left (Adventure)
Emerging Student Filmmaker: Team #26 - Little Kitty in the Big City (Western) Circle High School
Student Filmmaker Team: Team #31 - Dress Xing (Coming of Age)
HONORABLE MENTIONS (Rounding out Top 15:)
Team #15: Conscious (Adventure)
Team #17: From Wichita with Love (Spy Film)
Team #8: Mr Hawthorn's Missing Items (Film Noir)
Audience Award: 1. Team #18 - The Good, The Bad & The Furry (Western)
(Runner up: 10. Team #16 -One Life Left (Adventure)
1st place: Team #5 - Copy Cat (Fictional Biopic)
2nd place:Team #12 - Cat Zero (Creature Feature)
3rd place: Team #16 -One Life Left (Adventure)
3rd Annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race
For the third consecutive year, Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab and CreativeRush unite for DOWN TO THE WIRE: A 24 Hour Film Race, presented by Blacktop Nationals. In 2013, 37 teams raced and more than 700 people showed up to support Wichita’s filmmaking community at the Top 10 Film Showcase on Sunday night. New this year is a $500 cash prize for the Best Emerging Student Film – eligible teams will be comprised of elementary, middle and high school students.
The race takes place from June 20-22 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 elements that are randomly selected at the beginning of the race.
This year’s race will allow teams to shoot their films during the daylight hours as the race time changes from 7:00 am on Saturday to 7:00 am on Sunday. (See below for full schedule.) A mandatory Director’s meeting will also be added to the lineup on Saturday morning.
A curated team of Tallgrass Film Festival 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, June 22nd. The showcase is open to the public (GA tickets: $10). A VIP Panel of judges (including media personality Anita Cochran and Mindfire Academy’s Jason Opat) will live critique each film and the winners will receive prizes as listed below. The evening is hosted by Sarah Kallail.
The winning team as selected by the judges will receive a $1,000 filmmaking grant from Vimeo, 15-day’s worth of studio time at Mindfire Academy (including use of cameras, green screen, iMac work stations with Adobe Master Collection and Audio Suite with Pro-Tools) valued at $15,000, a Gala Screening at the 2014 Tallgrass Film Festival and more (see below for details.)
Prizes offered by Tallgrass Film Association and MIndfire Academy will be handled directly by each organization.
All films completed may be submitted for consideration into 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival no later than September 1 with no entry fee.
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