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36-Hour Challenge

  • Woodbridge N. Ferris Building 17 Pearl Street Northwest Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 United States (map)

A competition challenging contestants to script, shoot, edit, and submit a film in 36 hours. Participants take inspiration from thematic elements revealed at the January 26, 8 p.m. launch reception.


Participants: high school students, college students, and aspiring professionals.
Audience: professors, students, friends, family, experienced filmmakers. 


Teams are launched on January 26, 2018 at 8 p.m. to create their 6-minute short, which must be delivered to the festival's film freeway by 9 a.m. January 28. Those selected by judging panel will be screened before a live audience on February 2. 


Launch:   Woodbridge N. Ferris Building 17 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Screening: Celebration Cinema North @ 2121 Celebration Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

How Much

Teams of three or more members can register for a fee of $100. 
Prizes will be awards for the best films totaling up to $1500!

*Scholarships are offered for High School Teams - Apply Now!

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Some teams do not have to pay the registration fee because they have been sponsored by their university or are a high school team who received a scholarship.

After submitting your team registration, please return to this page and pay registration fee.

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Earlier Event: October 13
Later Event: April 13
2018 Festival