The NXNW 72 Hour Film Challenge

Please review all of the details below.


Can you make a short film in 72 hours? Of course you can! It is such a fun time with your friends. It is a memory you’ll never forget and you could win cash and prizes! Plus, the top selections will be shown at the NXNW Film Festival next year.




Step 1: Form a team. Find a few people who can work together to create a film within 72 hours. You’ll need an idea person who can dream up the script/story, technical people who can shoot and edit and actors. The primary person registering the team must be a high school student.

Step 2: Work with your team to make sure the following items appear in your film:

  • A line of dialogue - For 2021, the line of dialog is: "That’s gonna leave a mark."
  • A specific character - For 2021, the specific character is: "A food delivery person"
  • A specific prop - For 2021, the specific prop is: "A musical instrument"

Step 3: Work with your team to create a film of any genre utilizing the required items at least once in the story. Using the required items ensures the film was created within the challenge time period.

  • The 72 Hour Film Challenge will occur between Thursday, January 21st after 7:00 pm and Sunday, January 24th at midnight. This is the Official Time Period.
  • Each participating team must complete its film in time to upload it to the link provided below.
  • Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition.
All films are due no later than Sunday - January 24th at midnight.



All creativity must take place during the Official Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Writing the script
  2. Rehearsing
  3. Costume/Set Design
  4. Shooting
  5. Editing
  6. Sound Design
  7. Rendering

The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is:

  1. Organizing Crew
  2. Organizing Cast
  3. Securing Equipment
  4. Scouting/Securing Locations



All footage must be shot within the Official Time Period of the project. No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the Official Time Period. Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. Each group must upload a scan/photo of your REGISTRATION FORM with your film. A team may not participate without submitting this form. The required Character and Prop must be seen on-screen. The required Line of Dialogue must be used verbatim. It may be spoken, sung and/or written. The finished film must be a maximum of 3 minutes in duration. Before the finished film begins, the media should have... A title card with Team Name and Film Title. Films should be submitted in .mov or .mp4 format.

Content advisory:

  • No profanity
  • No sexually explicit content or imagery
  • No excessive portrayals of gratuitous violence (gunshots, gore)
  • No excessive horror (Monsters, demons, scary images)
  • No blasphemy (dishonoring the name of God or Jesus)
  • Keep in mind that this festival is attended by families with small children and if your film is too mature we will be forced to disqualify it.



As students you may use a certain amount of copyrighted material in the creation of your films: Copyright law allows for 10% of a copyrighted work to be used without obtaining permission. That's the equivalent of 30 seconds of music if a song is 5 minutes long.



  • Your film can be any genre: Comedy, Drama, Action, Thriller, or Animation (or other?)
  • We will award one “Best Picture” prize to the winner of the 72 Hour Film Challenge.
  • You can watch a showcase of 72 Hour Films on Sunday, January 31st at 6:00 pm on Facebook. A link will be included within a week of the event.


To submit your film, use the following links:


To REGISTER for the 72 Hour Film Challenge please download the registration form, fill it out completely and send a scan or photo of it using the UPLOAD YOUR FILM link above along with your film.