Each year, thousands of film makers around the world are challenged to create a film in 100 Hours, using a surprise theme, prop and action provided at the beginning of the contest.
Films from the list of Finalists will be selcted for use in the creation of an anthology feature film for possible distribution.
What exactly is the 100 Hour Film Race
The 100 Hour Film Race is a competition that challenges film makers to create an entire film in 100 Hours, using the surprise Theme (for example: "an ultimatum"), Prop (ex. a noodle) and action (ex. biting into something) provided at the beginning of the competition. Aside from those three elements, you have free rein over your film. You are free to choose your own genre and be as creative as you want.
OUR NUMBER ONE QUESTION:Q. Can I participate if I don't live in in the United States?
Answer: YES, filmmakers participate from anywhere in the world every year. Keep in mind that the competition begins at 8:00PM EDT in the Eastern Time Zone on the first night of the competition. Make sure to check what time zone you are located in and how many hours off from the Eastern Time Zone to see when you will receive the theme assignment!
Q. I would like to participate but I don't have a team. How can I join a team?
A. Teams are always looking to fill cast and crew positions. Post your information on the Looking For a Team Facebook Page.
Q. Do I have to finalize my list of team members (cast/crew) when I register or can I submit that later?
A. To register, you only need the name of the "team contact". You do not need to have a complete cast & crew before you register and you do not need to submit a full list of cast and crew until you submit your completed film at the end of the competition.
Q. How do we receive the Theme, Action, and Prop Assignment?
A. The surprise elements are emailed to the team contact at the beginning of the competition. All teams that register for the competition will receive an e-mail at 8:00PM EDT on the first night of the competition with the assigned Theme, Action, and Prop Assignment. In addition, the assignments will be posted on www.filmracing.com and the Film Racing facebook page. This allows you to get started on your film immediately.
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE EMAIL, FIRST CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER THEN EMAIL US IMMEDIATELY IF IT IS NOT THERE.
Q. Does everyone receive a Theme, Action, and Prop?
A. Every team is assigned the same theme, action, and prop which must be included in their film. Examples of previous themes have been Time Travel, Identity Theft, and Spare Change. Actions have ranged from looking through a peephole to sealing an envelope. The props have included a deck of cards, noodles, and a can opener.
Q. How closely do we have to follow the Theme assignment in our film?
A. The plot of your film must revolve around the Theme but we allow some creative license. The theme needs to be central to the plot of your film in order to be eligible but we want you to have fun with it.
Q. How do we incorporate the Action and Prop?
A. The Prop and Action must be incorporated into your film but do not have to be central to the plot of your film.
Q. What is the maximum length of the films?
A. There is no minimum or maximum length.
Q. How are the films judged?
A. Films are scored in ten categories - Originality, Creativity, Plot, Writing, Structure, Characters, Cinematography, Direction, Entertainment Value, Acting. Each category is worth ten points.
Q. Do the films have to be in English?
A. No, but films not in English must have subtitles. We allow teams to submit separate caption file or a copy of their film with subtitles included within 48 hours after the submission deadline. This copy of the film may not be different in any other way from the original, other than the addition of the captions.
We look forward to having you all become a part of this year's 100 Hour Film Race and are excited to see your final products.