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DTTW:KC > You Choose!


TFA & CreativeRush are giving 2016 DTTW Film Racers another chance at a big screen showcase and grand prize. Five of this year’s 34 films will go on to compete in this Top 5 Showcase at AMC Theatres Ward Parkway 14 (KC, MO) on Saturday, August 27th. Films will be live critiqued by a VIP Panel of Kansas-City based entertainment industry professionals.

Two of the films from this year's Top 10 Showcase gained automatic entry - Team 18 (Vimeo Grand Prize Winner/Audience Award) and Team 7 (Student Spotlight Winner.) The rest of the 32 films are all eligible to fill the three remaining spots. The winner of the DTTW:KC Showcase will be featured prior to  the monthly New York Film Critics National Screening in approximately 55 theaters and seen by more than 7,000 audience members. NYFCS® has engaged the nation’s leading independent cinemas to present live, in-theater events. The evenings are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC’s Popcorn.

Watch & Vote

Follow this link to view all 32 eligible films, then cast your vote for the one you think deserves a chance in the national spotlight. You may only vote once per device. Voting ends August 7th at 7 am. Winners, VIP Judges and screening details will be announced on August 8th. Spread the wealth - the worldwide audience now has a say in Wichita’s Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race! ICT > KC > NYC > USA

A Second Take

Once selected, the winning teams will also be allowed to update their films with minor edit including audio fixes or specific camera shots. You must alert the DTTW staff that the film is being edited and the final cut is due by August 15th (DTTW staff will screen all edited films to approve these minor alterations, if necessary.)

About Down to the Wire

Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race is presented by Tallgrass Film Association and CreativeRush, in Wichita, Kansas. Supporters of the 5th annual race, which attracted 34 filmmaking teams and more than 300 filmmakers, included presenting sponsor Fidelity Bank, Vimeo, Wichita Orpheum Theatre, The Arts Council and KMUW, Wichita Public Radio. Nearly 1,000 audience members attended the Top Ten Showcase at the conclusion of the race.


5th annual Down to the Wire: TOP TEN SHOWCASE & WINNERS

  • GRAND PRIZE: THE FIFTH SENSE, Team #18. Director Landon Barton, Producer Jake Fisher
  • 2nd Place: FAST & DELIRIOUS, Team #12, Directors Kelly Johnson & Jake Trease, Producer Taylor Dietterich
  • 3rd Place: INVITATION TO BURN, Team #7,  Producer/Director Levi Feil (student)
  • Student Spotlight Award: INVITATION TO BURN, Team #7,  Producer/Director Levi Feil
  • Audience Award: THE FIFTH SENSE, Team #18. Director Landon Barton, Producer Jake Fisher


  • Best Use of Visual Effect: TEAM #5: PUZZLED
  • Best Use of Action: Eating A Fancy Meal: TEAM #21: LARP
  • Best Use of Location: TEAM #33: TABLE FOR TWO (Pop Up Park)
  • Best Use of Prop in A Box: TEAM #28: FRESH START (Midnight Cool Car Freshener)
  • Best Production Design: TEAM #22: SOFT IMPRESSIONS
  • Best Costumes: TEAM #9: PUZZLED
  • Best Editing: TEAM #12: FAST & DELIRIOUS
  • Best Cinematography: TEAM #32: CLIPPED
  • Best Ensemble Cast: TEAM #23: PETAL PUSHERS
  • Emerging Student Directors (Elementary/Middle/High School): TEAM #13: ELEMENTAL (5th grade)


  • WAKE, Team #3. Directors Jon & Hailey Treas, Producer Hailey Treas
  • INVITATION TO BURN, Team #7,  Producer/Director Levi Feil (student)
  • NO MESS TOO BIG, TEAM #11, Producer/Director Kevin Keplar (student)
  • PETAL PUSHER, Team #23, Director Alex Thomas, Producer Brooke Russell
  • UBERMUNCH from Team #27, Director Dan Overholt, Producer Kris Broadley
  • HIGH LOW SPLIT, Team #4. Directors Nate Jones & Roy Nugen, Producer Nate Jones
  • FAST & DELIRIOUS, Team #12, Directors Kelly Johnson & Jake Trease, Producer Taylor Dietterich
  • PUZZLED, Team #9, Director Ian Blume, Producer Jessica Wasson
  • ECHOES OF SORROW, Team #17, Producer/Director Naythan Smith
  • THE FIFTH SENSE, Team #18. Director Landon Barton, Producer Jake Fisher


  • LARP, Team #21, Producer/Director Shane Konicki
  • CLIPPED, Team #32, Director Shawn Money, Producer Colin Wassinger

Fidelity Bank Presents: Down to the Wire

TFA & CreativeRush unite for the 5th Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race from June 17-19th, 2016, presented by Fidelity Bank.  “Down to the Wire showcases the creative spirit that makes Wichita a special community,” said Aaron Bastian, Fidelity Bank president. “We can’t help but be inspired by the fearless filmmakers that rise to this challenge and collaborate to bring their visions to life.”

Important Links

  • Watch films from the last four years here.
  • Register here ($150/$125 student team.))
  • Go to the Top 10 Showcase ($10 online/$12 at the door.)
  • View Rules and Regulations visit DTTWFilmRace.com.
  • All films completed may be submitted for consideration at the 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival no later than September 1 with no entry fee

Who Races?

The film race is open to professionals, hobbyists, film enthusiasts and novices who are up for the ultimate creative challenge. In 2015, team members ranged in age from 8 years old to senior citizen, 27 teams raced (totaling more than 265 registered filmmakers) and more than 900 people showed up to support Wichita’s filmmaking community at the Top 10 Film Showcase.

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 elements that are randomly selected at the beginning of the race and all content must be original and created within the 24 hour time period.

Student Racers

Elementary, middle, high school and college students are encouraged to participate and past years have included racers from all across the Wichita-metro region from schools including Robinson Middle School, Maize High School, Andover Central High School, Wichita East High School, WSU and KSU, to name just a few. (Student teams receive a registration discount.)

How It Works

The race begins on Saturday morning at 6:30 am and ends on Sunday morning at 7:00am.  (Click for full schedule.) A 5 person jury screens each finished film and selects the top ten films, which are then showcased at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 19th. The showcase is open to the public. A VIP Panel of judges - Tallgrass alumni filmmaker James Choi, KMUW’s Fletcher Powell, KWCH’s Emily Griffin - will live critique each film and choose the winners, while the Audience votes for their favorite as well.

This Year's Prizes: $2,500 in Cash & DTTW:KC

The Grand Prize winner as selected by the VIP judges, wins a $2,000 Filmmaking Grant from Vimeo and more. A $500 cash prizes also goes to the Best Student Film, sponsored by the Arts Council. (See the full list of prizes here, including 2nd & 3rd place.)

New this year, five of the Top 10 films will go on to compete in the DTTW:KC, which takes place at the AMC Theatres in Leawood, KS on August 27th. The showcase will be hosted by Wichita-native Sarah Kallail, and the films will be live critiqued by a TBA panel of KC-based industry professionals. "DTTW:KC is designed to connect the Wichita and Kansas City filmmaking communities, cross-pollenate talent and spark collaboration,” said TFA Executive DIrector Lela Meadow-Conner. “We are extremely grateful to AMC Theatres for their generous support of this venture."

Three of the five selections will be the 2016 Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race 1st Place Film and Best Student Film as determined by the VIP Judge’s Panel, and the Audience Award winner. The worldwide audience will have a say in programming the remaining two DTTW:KC selections when two more films wil  join the lineup via an online competition beginning on July 8th. The winner of the Top 5 showcase in Kansas City will receive the DTTW Best of Kansas Award. "

Thank You, Sponsors

DTTW is presented by Fidelity Bank. Additional support comes from Vimeo, the Wichita Orpheum Theatre, The Arts Council, KMUW, and  KWCH.