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4th Annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race

For the fourth consecutive year, Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab and CreativeRush unite for DOWN TO THE WIRE: A 24 Hour Film Race, presented by Bethany College at Mindfire. In 2014, 31 teams raced and more than 800 people showed up to support Wichita’s filmmaking community at the Top 10 Film Showcase.

The race takes place from June 12-14 and 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.

This year’s race will allow teams to shoot their films during the daylight hours as the race time runs from 7:00 am on Saturday to 7:00 am on Sunday. (See below for full schedule.) A mandatory Director’s meeting will kick off the event on Saturday morning.

A 5 person jury will screen each film and select the top ten, which will then be showcased at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 14th. The showcase is open to the public (GA tickets: $10 online/$12 at the door). A VIP Panel of judges will live critique each film and the winners will receive prizes as listed below.

DTTW is presented by Bethany College at MindFire, with additional sponsorship from Vimeo, the Wichita Orpheum Theatre and KMUW.

For a full description of rules and regulations visit DTTWFilmRace.com.

Registration Information

Race Schedule

  • Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm: Filmmakers Toolbox Workshops, 7:00 pm at Mindfire Academy (more info coming soon)
     
  • Friday, June 12, 6:30 pm: Producer’s Meeting (Mindfire Academy, 4031 E. Harry)

  • Saturday, June 13, 6:30 am: Director’s Meeting (Mindfire Academy, 4031 E. Harry)

  • Saturday, June 13, 7:00 am: DTTW Film Race Begins

  • Sunday, June 14, 6:00 - 7:00 am: Film Drop Off (TFA office, 212 N. Market)

  • Sunday, June 14, 7:00 pm: DTTW Top 10 Showcase (Orpheum)

Prizes

  • Grand Prize ($17,000 value): $1,000 Filmmaking Grant from Vimeo, Gala screening at the 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, 5 Transferable Filmmaker Passes for registered team members the 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, 15-day’s worth of studio time at Bethany College at Mindfire (including use of cameras, green screen, iMac work stations with Adobe Master Collection and Audio Suite with Pro-Tools)

  • Audience Award ($1,000 value): 5 Transferable Filmmaker Passes for registered team members and inclusion as an Official Short Film Selection at the 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival

  • 2nd Place ($250 value): 10 Opening Night Gala tickets for up to 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival

  • 3rd Place ($250 value): 10 Closing Night Gala tickets for 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival

  • Student Film ($820 value): $500 cash prize,  plus 4 transferrable Student TALLPass for registered team members for the 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival.

  • Emerging Student Filmmakers* ($2,600 value): $250 cash prize and inclusion in the Emerging Student Filmmaker Program at the 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival (includes one complimentary ticket for each registered team member) and one complimentary class at Bethany College at Mindfire for the winning team’s director

*Teams eligible for the Emerging Student Filmmakers must be comprised of elementary, middle or high school students.

Prizes offered by Tallgrass Film Association and Bethany College at MIndfire will be handled directly by each organization.

All films completed may be submitted for consideration into 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival no later than September 1 with no entry fee.

3rd Annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race Results

Of the 31 teams that raced in this year's Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race, 29 completed and turned in films. Combined team members and their crews totaled 310 Wichitans who participated in the making of these movies over 24 hours. 820 community members showed up to support their efforts. Big thanks to our presenting sponsor Blacktop Nationals and our VIP Judges Jason Opat, Anita Cochran and Shawn Rhodes. Below, find a list of Top 10 Showcase films, Student, Audience and Judges winners. See you next year!

This year's required elements:

  • Character: A Short Haired Cat Rancher
  • Action: walk like an Egyptian
  • Location: Downtown Wichita Bridge (1st/2nd St., Maple St. or Douglas Ave.)
  • Prop: A unique car for each team courtesy of Blacktop Nationals
  • Genre: Western, RomCom, Film Noir, Adventure, Coming of Age, Spy Film, Thriller, Creature Feature, Musical, Fantasy or Fictional Biopic (chosen randomly by each team.)

TOP 10 SHOWCASE (in no particular order)
1. Team #18 - The Good, The Bad & The Furry (Western)
2. Team #13 - Better Luck This Time (Fantasy)
3. Team #1 - The Curse of the Cat (Musical)
4. Team #19 - Le Chat Noir (Film Noir)
5. Team #4 - Pussies (Western)
6. Team #5 - Copy Cat (Fictional Biopic)
7. Team #29 - Clowder (Coming of Age)
8. Team #11 - Catnap (RomCom)
9. Team #12 - Cat Zero (Creature Feature)
10. Team #16 -One Life Left (Adventure)

STUDENT FILMS
Emerging Student Filmmaker: Team #26 - Little Kitty in the Big City (Western) Circle High School
Student Filmmaker Team: Team #31  - Dress Xing (Coming of Age)

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Rounding out Top 15:)
Team #15: Conscious (Adventure)
Team #17: From Wichita with Love (Spy Film)
Team #8: Mr Hawthorn's Missing Items (Film Noir)

AUDIENCE AWARD:
Audience Award: 1. Team #18 - The Good, The Bad & The Furry (Western)
(Runner up: 10. Team #16 -One Life Left (Adventure)

JUDGE'S AWARDS:
1st place: Team #5 - Copy Cat (Fictional Biopic)
2nd place:Team #12 - Cat Zero (Creature Feature)
3rd place: Team #16 -One Life Left (Adventure)