2017 DATES:

Make a Movie: 10.5-10.8
72 Film Fest Year 12: 10.13-10.14 at Weinberg Center.

WATCH YEAR:
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Updated 8/18/17

  • Never Shut Up Productions

  • Wolf House
  • Shrug
  • The Salt Incident
  • Weapons Grade Geranium
  • R&R Productions
  • Fractal Edge Studios
  • Couch Money
  • Noticeable Grain
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Twilight Jones Productions
  • EEG Productions
  • Left Hand Films

EARLY BIRD:

  • Gone Fission Films
  • Meraki Pictures
  • Ah Muh Face!
  • Levi & Squad
  • Laserstar
  • One Way Productions
  • White Noise
  • Moyst Productions
  • Moonslaves

EPISTULA (First 72 Hours):

  • Carpet Wall Productions
  • Bright Boy Alert
  • The Comedy Pigs
  • Crowded Elevator Pictures
  • Pecos Bill and the Wranglers
  • Flatdog Media
  • Wildcat Studios
  • Brigand Filmworks
  • SRK Video
  • Skybox Productions
  • Film.Lovables
  • Exit Music
  • Ophiuchus Pictures
  • Unimental
  • Missing Link Cinema

With a record number of teams jumping in for Early Bird, 2017 is shaping up to be a huge year! Get on in it.
REGISTER YOUR TEAM NOW.

(Developing)

Michael Tully
Dan DeLuca
John Grove
Nick Midwig
Richard Jefferies
Rona Mensah

(Developing)

Pluraleyes and Magic Bullet Looks from Red Giant.
Free Weekend Red Epic Camera Rental from Archai Media.
Neat Video
Studio Binder.
Awards Designed by Roland Metal Art.
1 Day Rental (Auditions or Movie Screening) at Area 31.
24 x 36 Poster Signed by Participating Teams.

2017 Frequently Asked Questions:

 

DATES/TIMES/TICKETS

October 5th 7pm-9pm. Launch Party at Cafe 611.
October 8th 9pm. Films Due Online or at Area 31.
October 13th-14th 72 Film Fest 2017
October 14th-AFTER PARTY at NIDO’S
Price: $12 per day. $17 for Both. Tickets available at Weinberg Box Office.

 

DOCUMENTS:

 

We will add things like filmmaker packets/terms/conditions/releases here as we get closer to the Fest.

 

GENERAL FAQ:

 

WHAT IS 72 FILM FEST?

A Time Based Competition where filmmaking teams have only 72 hours to write/direct/edit and score a short film based on specific criteria given out to each team. Perfect time to step up and make a movie!

SO WHAT IS THIS CONTEST EXACTLY?

On a Thursday night in October (10.5.17) Filmmakers from around the region will collect at the LAUNCH PARTY at CAFE 611, eat food, partake in some drinks and mingling, partake in the performance by CHESHI, and await the hosts to take the stage and begin giving out criteria.

HOW ARE YOU ANY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CONTESTS LIKE THIS?

Everything shows under the same roof in one glorious night. No two filmmakers have the same criteria. We base our criteria around an overarching theme. Past years we’ve given “Opposites”, two Hollywood movies to mash-up, a Science term to draw inspiration, a “fairy tale”, a polaroids, first lines of novels, and even international proverbs like “The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”

 

FILMMAKER FAQ:

 

DO I HAVE TO BE FROM MARYLAND TO PARTICIPATE?

No. If you cannot make it to the Launch Party in Frederick Maryland, you will receive your criteria online at 10pmEST on Launch Night 10.5.17 and will need to upload your film by 10pm EST Sunday Night 10.8.17

CAN I JUST WAIT UNTIL THE LAUNCH PARTY TO REGISTER?

It is strongly advised to register before Launch, as we may have to limit participation. Also it costs more to wait.

WHERE DO I TURN IN THE MOVIES?

Films must be turned in between 7-9 pm Sunday, Oct. 8th, at Area 31 – 31 E Patrick St Frederick, Maryland OR ONLINE. We will take GOOGLE DRIVE, DROPBOX, COPY, and other cloud storage links. We must be able to download the link in it’s entirety by 9pmEST. We will accept entries for Friday Night screenings up until Monday Oct 9th 9pm, but it will be late and will not be judged.

WHAT IF I’M LATE? DO YOU ACCEPT SCREENING COPIES?

We will accept late entries/screening copies at Area 31 or online until Monday Night at 9pm (10.9.17). NOTE: Any film that is late, or has a screening copy turned in is ineligible for Audience Choice Award. It is unfair to those that turned in on time.

WHO ARE YOUR JUDGES? HOW DOES IT WORK?

We have judges that have worked in various parts of the industry both in front and behind camera as well as academics. They judge various aspects of each film including the ones we recognize with awards (writing, cinematography, editing, acting etc…) as well as overall quality of the film (does it work).

WHY DO YOU CLUMP US ALL TOGETHER FOR THE AWARDS?

1) This is a good question. The gist of it is we don’t have the budget to give out 3X the prizes. Maybe one day, when we’re all famous and sipping Courvoisier. 2) We believe that everyone has the ability to make a good film regardless of equipment, and while certain awards are difficult without Professional equipment (Cinematography), we see top notch films in other categories. In the past Amateur films have won the Fest and there have been students that have gotten REALLY close.

WHY NOT BREAK OUT THE STUDENT/AMATEUR/PRO INTO DIFFERENT SCREENING BLOCKS ON DIFFERENT DAYS

We have thought about doing this, however for now we believe this will cause a reduction in audience for the Student/Amateur films blocks. Part of the learning process is having an audience, and no where else are you going to get 500-600 people watching your film giving that instant feedback that can help a student/amateur grow. Also there is nothing else like Friday Night…the long haul through every entry is part of 72’s charm (or so we’ve been told).

I’M A WRITER (ACTOR/GENIUS ETC…) AND I DON’T HAVE A CAMERA BUT I REALLY WANT TO BE INVOLVED.

We will be posting a page on 72Fest.com for people to connect. Feel free to use our FaceBook page. If that still doesn’t work, come out to Launch and we’ll try to match you up with someone.

WHY DO YOU CALL IT FILM FEST WHEN EVERYONE SHOOTS ON VIDEO?

72 Video Fest sounds stupid.

I’M UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, SO CAN I STILL COMPETE?

Of course you can. All we ask is that you bring a legal guardian with you on the night of the Launch Party to sign the waiver forms on your behalf. Make sure your parents know that movies can range the gamut from G to R. The parent or guardian must be willing to take responsibility for your team in the same way a Team Leader would.

I HEARD TEAMS GET SOME FREE TICKETS. MY TEAM IS LIKE 80 PEOPLE LARGE. HOW MANY OF THEM CAN GET IN FREE TO THE FESTIVAL?

We don’t limit team size, but like past years, we give out two 2-Day tickets per team (more if you register early). That’s a $34 buck value back at you.

WHY ARE YOU CHARGING ME FOR MY TEAM MEMBERS TO WATCH MY MOVIE?

This festival isn’t cheap to pull off. We’re all volunteer workers behind the scenes and still most years we only break even. Since we don’t have a big sponsor like Popcorn or Soda or Shoes we gotta make due. Costs include Weinberg Rental, Posters, Programs, Awards, Prizes (other than those sponsored) and other boring administrative stuff. It’s a labor of love that wouldn’t survive without you, but also wouldn’t survive if it was just a free party for all involved. Besides- it’s cheaper than a ticket to the movies and you get to share a unique experience with all of your peers.
 

TECHNICAL FAQ:

 

HOW LONG CAN MY MOVIE BE? DO CREDITS COUNT TOWARDS LENGTH

Credits do count to your total length. Your maximum time will be assigned at the Launch Party or posted online with your criteria. Please include 12 frames of black after your credits/film.

WHAT FORMS OF MEDIA DO YOU ACCEPT THE ENTRY ON?

HD or SD H264 Quicktime Mov or MP4 with AAC sound (not PCM). 720p is our Preferred File.

WHAT IS YOUR RULE ON RELEASES?

You need to get location, talent and music releases (see releases above). You must turn in all TALENT and MUSIC releases with your film on Sunday Night.

DO I NEED A LOCATION RELEASE FOR PUBLIC PROPERTY?

No, but you may need a permit. You are not required to turn in proof of a permit.

WHAT IS THE RULE ON COPYRIGHT?

We need you to have rights to your image and music. We understand not all of you are able to create music for your films, but there is enough in the public domain to score your film (or you can negotiate rights from content owners). Submit the proper releases with your film. Using copyrighted music may prevent you from being screened and judged, included on our website and will prevent you from being included in our compilation DVD available on Amazon/Wonder Book and others.
CAN I USE SPECIAL EFFECTS or STOCK FOOTAGE?
Sure. We ask that all creative elements (other than music) are created within the 72 hour period. It’s possible to use various filters and editing tricks to get some canned VFX into your movie but no filming should be done outside of the weekend. Stock Footage, like public domain music, is acceptable if all rights are attained and creative decisions are made within the 72 hours of the contest.

WHAT CAN MY MOVIE BE ABOUT?

Your team specific criteria will be revealed at the Launch.

WHAT STOPS PEOPLE FROM JUST ADAPTING AN ALREADY ESTABLISHED IDEA INTO A MOVIE BASED AROUND YOUR CRITERIA?

We hope that writers and filmmakers will use our festival as a tool to create NEW works, and not just a way to garner attention for a previously thought out work. Not only will passing something off as “new” forever damage your street cred, ultimately you are selling yourself short by not utilizing the energy surrounding the festival to create something new. Make your awesome Oscar Bait of a short on your own time. This thing’s for the brave souls. We also add further “Proof” elements in the mix to help prevent those teams that can’t step it up and do this thing the way it was meant to be done.

HOW MUCH YOU GIVING AWAY THIS YEAR?

We’ll be giving away the Metal Awards designed by Roland Metal Art to every winner. We’ll also be giving away prizes to SOME awards, which we are rounding up as we speak. Become a Prize Sponsor and help local artists while getting some great exposure!

DO I REALLY HAVE TO MAKE THE MOVIE WITHIN 72 HOURS?

Yes. Don’t sell yourself short, or try to game the system by cheating. Your reputation will be forever tarnished and “you’ll never work in this town again”, said some producer somewhere, but that’s pretty much how it works here too. Teams like to police each other, and if they catch you doing something, you’ll be the wrong kinda talk around the Fest.

DO I KEEP ALL THE RIGHTS TO MY FILM?

Of Course. The film remains your own and after screening you can do whatever you want with it. We reserve the right to screen the version turned in at 72 Film Fest events, for promotional purposes and use it in our DVD and online compilations. Our agreement is posted before Launch so you and your lawyer (or cousin that claims to be one because he’s seen almost every episode of Night Court) can go over it.

 

FESTIVAL FAQ:

 

WHERE IS THIS THING?

FREE Launch Party location will be at Cafe 611, 611 North Market St. Frederick Maryland 21701. The Festival is at Weinberg Center for the Arts.

I WANT DETAILS. HOW MUCH? WHERE DO I BUY TICKETS? WHAT’S HAPPENING? WHAT DO I GET FOR MY COLD HARD CASH?

12 bucks each day. 17 bucks for both. October 13th-14th. Your ticket gets you into the screenings and the After Party.
Tickets are available at the Weinberg Center box office. Call the Box Office at (301)228-2828. We recommend buying tickets BEFORE the date of the show as the line can get kinda long. In person avoids the online surcharge.

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON WHAT NIGHT AGAIN?

Right now it looks like everything will screen Friday Night, with Finalists, Audience Choice, Award Ceremony and Surprises screening Saturday Night.

I WANT SOME MERCH. CAN I HAVE SOME MERCH ALREADY?

For 2017- we will have some artwork, T-Shirts and other swag.

 

US:

 

WHO ARE YOU GUYS?

72 Fest is made up of filmmakers, writers and other artists…. some have even participated in previous 72 Film Fests and came on board after they retired their team. Formed in 2006, 72 Fest has the mission “To provide an outlet for the creative community by hosting challenges in the fields of filmmaking, stage, writing, and other arts.”

 

CRITERIA FAQ:

 

WHAT IS THE THEME?

The 2017 theme is CONSTELLATIONS.

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA THIS YEAR?

All will be revealed at the Launch.

MY QUESTION SEEMS NOT TO BE FREQUENT ENOUGH TO GET COVERAGE IN YOUR FAQ, WHAT GIVES? AM I WEIRD FOR WANTING TO KNOW SOMETHING ELSE?

First off you’re not weird. I really wish you wouldn’t be so down on yourself all the time. But if you have a question that isn’t listed here – No worries, mate. Use the contact page, and we’ll answer you with swiftness rivaled only to that of an African Swallow.

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