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253 Short Film Competition




The 253 Short Film Competition welcomes emerging and established filmmakers of all ages to compete and create short films over a 72 hour period that will be celebrated with hundreds of people at a viewing party. The 2023 Short Film Competition will take place over a weekend in April, followed by a viewing party in May. 

How it works: 

  • Register your team (or sign up as a solo filmmaker competitor) at The Grand's box office (only 31 teams can participate). 
  • All teams meet at The Grand to receive the year's four required criteria and the green light to begin filming.
    • Teams have 72 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film.
    • Films must be no more than two-hundred and fifty-three seconds long (a nod to our area code).
    • Films must incorporate all four required elements.
  • Finalized projects are due at The Grand Cinema box office on the following Sunday night.
  • Judges review all films to determine multiple awards.
  • All submitted films are screened at the next 253 Short Film Party
  • Prizes are awarded for Jury and Audience favorites.

Cost

Team registration fee: $50 


What you get: 

  • Four tickets to the screening party 
  • Recognition at the screening party
  • Visibility for your creation before an audience of several hundred people
  • The opportunity to compete for the following additional recognition and prizes: 
    • Jury Award & $500 cash prize
    • Audience Choice Award & $500 cash prize
    • "Best Use" of one of the (4) required elements & $100 gift card to a local restaurant 
    • Best Emerging Filmmaker to a team/filmmaker participating for the first time
  • Opportunities to win additional prizes when you share snippets of your filming progress on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #253Seconds  

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