Are there rules?
1) Whatever you make has to be three minutes long or less. No exceptions.
2) All 3 minute films must be made expressly for the 3 minute Film Festival. No previously made movies are allowed, and all editing/assembly work must be completed between August 1st and August 31st, when they are due.
3) All submissions must be mailed (postmarked) to SF 3-minute Festival Headquarters by September 2nd. All submissions, regardless of original format, must be transferred to DVD before being submitted. Please MAIL TO: SF THREE MINUTE FILM FEST PO BOX 401019
SF, CA 94140
4) Make the best movie that you can. But remember that none of us know what we're doing and anything you do will be great.
What does the "black tie" in "Black Tie Blockbuster Gala and Film Screening" mean?
Men wear suits or tuxedos. T-shirts with tuxedos on them will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Women wear gowns or dresses or suits or tuxedos. Men can wear dresses or gowns too, I guess. But they have to be fancy.
Does it cost anything to participate?
There's no fee to submit your movie. Tickets to the gala will probably cost $8 to $10 or so to help pay for the costs of renting a theater, equipment, and whatnot.
Will there be popcorn?
You bet. All you can eat and then some.
Are the movies judged? Is there a "winner"?
Gene Shallit from NBC's Today Show has been invited to emcee the event and act as judge. We understand his schedule is a busy one, though, and in the likely event of a Gene no-show, we will allow the audience vote on the three movies they liked the most.
Can I work with someone else?
Yes! Please do. Unlike National Novel Writing Month, this is a collaboration-friendly event.
What should my film contain?
Please include a title screen and/or credits so we know who made it and starred in it and stuff.
What formats are acceptable?
Feel free to work in any wacky format. But please have the final edit of your movie transferred to DVD.