In the Press

2017 Press Release


The view of the night’s sky has illuminated our imaginations and inspired the arts for thousands of years, and the present is no exception. Take in a night (and day!) of “Constellation” inspired films at the TWELFTH 72 Film Fest!

The time based competition continues in 2017 when teams from across various states gather their teams to create an entire movie within 72 hours. Dozens of teams comprised of hundreds of artists start with a theme, generate an idea, and finish with an entire short film all in the space of a single weekend. Every entry premieres to the entrants and the public the following weekend at the historic Weinberg Center where awards and prizes are given out to those entries that excel in Acting, Writing, Cinematography, and more.

Friends, family and neighbors from all over the area are invited to enter, and the 72 Film Fest strives to maintain a creative atmosphere for Students, Amateurs, and Professional FIlmmakers alike. Get ready for an evening of stargazing on the silver screen!

THE THEME: The 2017 Theme is Constellations, and was revealed in clues throughout the summer. DATES:

October 5th: Launch Party at Cafe 611 October 5th – October 8th: Make a Movie! October 13th: Friday Night Premieres at Weinberg Center October 14th: Saturday Night Main Event at Weinberg Center


72 Film Fest is produced by 72 Fest and Fool Martyr Productions. The Mission: To provide an outlet for the creative community by hosting challenges in the fields of filmmaking, stage, writing, and other arts. For More information or high res images visit




Frederickland Podcast with Sam and Clark
For Film Lovers


Inside look at the Oscars of Frederick.

72 Film Fest Kicks off Thursday

Pretending to be an Actor: the agony and ecstasy of being an extra

Cultivating New Multimedia Talent in Frederick.


Lights Camera Watch Local

72 Film Fest celebrates 10 years

Open Screen debuts


Hollywood Mashups Rock Weinberg
Hollywood Movie Mashup


Frederick News Post

Winners say Film Fest brings filmmakers together – Jen Bondeson
72 Film Fest blasts off
– Colin McGuire
Organizers talk about event – Lauren LaRocca


Frederick News Post
Film Fest draws about 800 downtown – Ike Wilson
72 Film Fest – Katie Crowe

Frederick Gazette
Frederick vying for some Hollywood action with production studio – Tripp Laino
Quick-turnaround movie festival returns to Weinberg – Will C Franklin


Frederick News Post

Ready, Set, Shoot-  Lauren LaRocca
Lights, Camera, Action
– Staff Reports
72 Film Fest competition starts tonight – Staff Reports
Calling all filmmakers! Registration open for annual 72 Film Fest in Frederick 

Mentions: Local Projects Kickstarted – Kendal Enz


Frederick News Post
Fairy tales in the social consciousness of today – Lauren LaRocca
Hoffman provides new take on old fairy tales – Lauren LaRocca

Mentions – Frederick native wins recognition for role in ‘Heaven Burns’  – Lauren LaRocca

Frederick Gazette
All in 3 Days Work– Nathan Oravec
Fairy Tales and fables reinvented in 72 Hours 


Frederick Gazette

72 to Suspense – Nicole Belanger
72 Film Fest returns for it’s fourth outing 


72 Film Fest 2008:

Frederick News Post

72 Film Fest by Lauren LaRocca

Get a Taste by Lauren LaRocca

Frederick Gazette

72 to victory Film fest returns with all new changes by Nathan Oravec

Find It Frederick:

Lights, Cameras, Competition by Matt Edens

Herald Mail

72 Film Fest is a test by Tiffany Arnold

Weekend Entertainment Guide hosted by Tiffany Arnold


Join in the Madness! by Paige Fullmer

72 Play Fest 2008

Frederick News Post

Another 72 Hour Competition Comes to Frederick by Lauren LaRocca

Frederick Gazette

72 to Curtain by Nicole Belanger


12/05/08 – Frederick News Post Arts center to celebrate a decade of culture– Ron Cassie 8/14/08 – Frederick Gazette Cinemarts to screen Altra– /31/08 – Frederick News Post Going outside the County – Trevor Davis 4/10/08 – Frederick Gazette – Healey hears a Who – Nathan Oravec /6/09 – Frederick News Post –Public offers ideas about future acts at the Weinberg – Ron Cassie /26/08- Frederick News Post – From Student to intern to artist- Ron Cassie


Frederick News Post

• 72 film fest: The Weinberg… – 2007.10.15

• …at the 72 film fest – 2007.10.11

• Independent filmmakers… – 2007.10.11

• 72 Film Fest calling… – 2007.09.20

Frederick Gazette

• 72 and change – 2007.10.11

• 72 Film Fest calling… – 2007.09.13

Hagerstown Herald

• …shows local filmmakers… – 2007.10.12


• …filmmakers to showcase…- 2007.10.12


Frederick News Post

Festival Follow-up – 2006.10.23

72 Hours- 5 minutes of film – Linda Basillcato 10.19.2006

the rise of the creative class – Dickson Mercer 10.19.2006

Video of Launch Party – 2006.10.19

Frederick News Post – 2006.09.28

Frederick Gazette

“Frederick Film redux” – 2006.10.19

Hagerstown Herald

“Fast films in Frederick” – 2006.10.17