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100 Hour Film Race 2016 Registration

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Each year, thousands of film makers around the world are challenged to create a film in 100 Hours, using a surprise theme, prop and action provided at the beginning of the contest.

The Top 10 Finalists will be used in the creation of an anthology feature film for possible distribution.

We are working to have local screenings in certain cities this year as well.


What exactly is the 100 Hour Film Race

The 100 Hour Film Race is a competition that challenges film makers to create an entire film in 100 Hours, using the surprise Theme (for example: "an ultimatum"), Prop (ex. a noodle) and action (ex. biting into something) provided at the beginning of the competition (10PM Eastern Time on June 24). Aside from those three elements, you have free rein over your film. You are free to choose your own genre and be as creative as you want.

Q. Can I participate if I don't live in in the United States?

A. YES, filmmakers participate from anywhere in the world every year. Keep in mind that the competition begins at 8:00PM EDT in the Eastern Time Zone on Thursday, December 8th. If you live in Los Angeles, CA or Vancouver, Canada for example, you will receive the theme assignment at 5:00PM local time on Thursday, December 8th. If you live in London, UK, you will receive the theme assignment at 1:00AM local time on Friday, December 9th. Make sure to check what time zone you are located in and how many hours off from the Eastern Time Zone to see when you will receive the theme assignment!

Q. I would like to participate but I don't have a team. How can I join a team?
A. Teams are always looking to fill cast and crew positions. Post your information on the Looking For a Team Facebook Page.

Q. Do I have to finalize my list of team members (cast/crew) when I register or can I submit that later?
A. To register, you only need the name of the "team contact". You do not need to have a complete cast & crew before you register and you do not need to submit a full list of cast and crew until 11:59PM EDT on Monday, December 12th when you submit your completed film.

Q. How do we receive the Theme, Action, and Prop Assignment?
A. The surprise elements are emailed to the team contact at the beginning of the competition. All teams that register for the competition will receive an e-mail at 8:00PM EDT on Thursday, December 8th with the assigned Theme, Action, and Prop Assignment. In addition, the assignments will be posted on This allows you to get started on your film immediately.


Q. Does everyone receive a Theme, Action, and Prop?
A. Every team is assigned the same theme, action, and prop which must be included in their film. Examples of previous themes have been Time Travel, Identity Theft, and Spare Change. Actions have ranged from looking through a peephole to sealing an envelope. The props have included a deck of cards, noodles, and a can opener.

Q. How closely do we have to follow the Theme assignment in our film?
A. The plot of your film must revolve around the Theme but we allow some creative license. The theme needs to be central to the plot of your film in order to be eligible but we want you to have fun with it.

Q. How do we incorporate the Action and Prop?
A. The Prop and Action must be incorporated into your film but do not have to be central to the plot of your film.

Q. What is the maximum length of the films?
A. The final product can be as long as eight minutes thirty seconds (8:30) including credits. We have removed the breakdown of "film -vs- credits" for this competition...your film simply has a maximum limit of eight minutes and thirty seconds. There is no minimum length.

Q. How are the films judged?
A. Films are scored in four categories:
Story = 30 points
How the Story is Told = 25 points
Production Value = 25 points
Acting = 20 points

Q. Do the films have to be in English?

A. No, but we highly recommend including subtitles since English speaking judges will be viewing the films. We allow teams to submit separate caption or transcript files for their film up to 72 hours after the submission deadline. Filmmakers will not be allowed to resubmit their films with subtitles after the deadline, ONLY caption or transcript files.

We look forward to having you all become a part of this year's 100 Hour Film Race and are excited to see your final products.

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