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Teen 24 Hour Film Challenge


  • Neutral Zone 310 E Washington St Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (map)

Ready, Set, Shoot!
The Teen 24-Hour Film Competition is a collaborative effort between the Neutral Zone, Community Television Network (CTN), and Ypsi 24 Hour Shootout for the purpose of supporting the teen independent filmmaking community in Southeast Michigan.  The competition offers an opportunity for area teen filmmakers to match their talents against their peers while competing for cash prizes.  With support from a dedicated team of volunteers, and generous community support, we are proud to be able to bring the competition to the Ann Arbor area.

How It Works
The event, a competition,  happens in a 24-hour time frame.  Each participant is allowed to assemble a team and crew.  At the start of the competition, several required “ingredients” will be announced.  For example, they may include a line of dialogue, a prop, or a location.  These elements force teams to think on their feet and not rely on pre-planned scripts or material.

Final video files must be delivered to the Neutral Zone within the 24-hour deadline to be considered for the cash prizes.  Filmmakers need to submit their completed film on the USB drive provided to them at the kick-off event.  All entries will be judged by an independent jury who will award prizes to the best films in the competition.

Dates and Details
The Teen 24-Hour Film Competition will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 to Sunday, February 3, 2019.  The competition will kick-off at Neutral Zone at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 2nd.  Film will need to be delivered back to the Neutral Zone by 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 3rd. The public screening will be February 11th from 5-7pm  The screening will be held at Neutral Zone.

Participant Requirements/Info

  • The competition is open to filmmakers between the ages of 13 and 18, with parental permission.

  • There is no registration fee.

  • Films must be 2-5 minutes long including credits.  No shorter and no longer!

  • All films must include the required “ingredients”.

  • The grand prize for “best of show” is $500.

  • There are no restrictions to what type of film you can produce. All film genres are acceptable (i.e. narrative, documentary, experimental etc…)  Films deemed overtly offensive or inappropriate may be denied a public screening and disqualified from awards.

  • All films must be shot within the 24-hour period.  Pre-made sound effects, music, or other abstract elements may be used.

  • A team must be registered under a single team leader; however all participants need to have a consent form signed by their parents if under 18 years of age. There is no limit on team size; the cast and crew must volunteer their time.  You can also go it alone!

  • Individuals over 19 years of age may serve as drivers and may be an actor in your film, but can not otherwise participate.  Individuals under 13 years of age may be used as an actor in your film.

Register Here

All participants must complete a Consent Form that is due on or before the day of the competition.  It must be signed by a parent if participants are under 18 years of age.

24 Hour Teen Film Competition Consent Form

24-Hour Film Competition FAQ and Info

24 Hour Film Rules & Regulations

Tips for Success (PDF)

Vimeo Video Compression Guidelines

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