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168 Call for Entries Includes Kids' Films

$20,000 in Cash and Prizes

Kids Films to Play a Prominent Role

BURBANK, Calif. (March 25, 2014) –168 Film (168) announced the call for entries today for the 12th annual 168 Film Project speed filmmaking contest.

The worldwide competition requires teams to create a 10-minute film based on randomly selected scriptures in one week (168 hours). Entry fees ($168-$298) include tickets to the annual 168 Film Festival, an online screening for eligible films and the chance to win $20,000 in cash and prizes. This year’s theme is “The Gift.”

The signup deadline is May 6, 2014 for all teams worldwide. Selected films will screen at the 168 Film Festival, September 11 - 13, 2014 in Los Angeles.

According to Director John David Ware, “Great surprises are coming. This year will be our most exciting ever. The competition is one of the most challenging out there. It allows beginners and pros alike to see who they are under pressure and learn the skills they will need to make it in this industry.”

Filmmakers get ten days for pre-production and then exactly 168 hours to shoot and edit a 10-minute (or less) film. Entrants are responsible for all arrangements regarding their team and budget. Stories may be conceived in advance, but no writing may occur until the verse is assigned.

A new entry category this year is KidVids. These 5-minute-or-less films will be fun and instructive for children. Before submitting, producers will specify one of two target age ranges: films for 3-5 year-olds; “G” rated, and 6-10 year-olds; “G or PG.” KidVids are one of several "non-speed" film categories, so producers may begin production right away.

Acccording to Ware, “The spirit of KidVids is a return to the very conservative standards of 1950's media. KidVids will be protective of children, unlike many recent films receiving ‘G’ and ‘PG’ ratings. An increase in the quality and quantity of kid films is an investment in our future.”

In the first eleven years, the 168 Film Project has inspired over 750 films. An estimated 12,000 cast and crew have participated. 168 has become a launching pad for emerging filmmakers and stars like Maggie Jones, from “We Bought a Zoo” and “Ben and Kate.”

Crucial dates include Verse Assignment (which marks the start of Pre-Production) on May 13. Film Production and Post Production Week starts May 23rd and continues exactly 168 hours or seven days. Late entries or films even a fraction of a second over the maximum run time, are ineligible for awards.

Past sponsors include Sony, Panasonic, Advent Media, Arri, Roush Media, iKan, EIKI, Movieguide, Mission Pictures, KinoFlo, Regent University and Red Digital Cinema’s Reducation.

To speak with a winning speed filmmaker or actor, obtain B-roll footage and/or production stills of 168 filmmaking teams in action or clips from their films, contact 168 Film at 818-557-8507,

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