168 Film Project - A Theme, A Verse, A Week

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168 Entry Categories

168 films can be made in two general categories, "Speed Films" and "Non-Speed" films. Speed Films must abide by a rigid start time and complete their film's shoot and edit in 168 hours. Non-speed films may begin anytime after fees are paid. They must be turned in on time.  All films must have legible, readable credits.

"Speed Film" Types:

Signature Speed Films (S)

This is our original speed film contest. These short narratives (dramas, comedies) are created by teams around the world, based on a theme and a randomly selected scripture. Ten days are allotted for pre-production (writing, casting, locations and schedules). No writing is allowed before the verse is given. Shooting begins at a specific hour and 7-days or 168 hours later, a finished film is due. To be eligible for 20 categories of awards, all completed films will be uploaded to our media server by the deadline.  Top entries are invited to screen as Official Selections to the 168 Film Festival and judged by Hollywood Professionals. NEW: Maximum length 11 min. or less.

Student Speed Films (T)

This is a Speed Film category where key personnel (producer, director, etc.) are active college or secondary school students.  They must be supervised by one or more adults if producer is younger than 18. All Signature Speed Film rules apply, except Production Week (168 hour period) may be rescheduled if the announced schedule conflicts with exams. Student films compete within their own category. NEW: Maximum length 11 min. or less.

Non-Speed Film Types

Write of Passage Spotlight Films (W)

These films come from the Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition Scripts. Producers may elect to license and make a Write of Passage screenplay (see WP Rules) and may start as soon as they are greenlit by 168 and entry fees are paid. All films have the same turn-in date. Write of Passage Spotlight films compete only in their own category. Up to 11-min. TRT.

Licensing a Script  Read Eligible Scripts

Documentary (D)

Ten minute films based on real-life events or personalities, or a teaching/expository film. Producers choose their foundational verse related to the annual theme and communicate the verse to 168 prior to starting production. Documentaries may begin full production as soon as fees are paid.

KidVids (K)

KidVids are stories for younger audiences. Producers will choose the age range for their film. Films may be live action, animations, musicals, or any genre appropriate to the target audience. As a non-speed film, production may start as soon as fees are paid and a verse is assigned. Producers will choose a foundational Bible verse related to the annual theme. Turn-in date is the same as Signature films. KidVids compete in their own category. Maximum length is 5 minutes for shorter attention spans.

Pure Animation (A)

These up to 10-minute films include Computer Graphics or Stop Motion Animation genres, with animation in every frame. Full production may begin as soon as fees are paid. Producers will choose a foundational Bible verse related to the annual theme. (NOTE: "Hybrid" Signature Speed Films that include composite animation effects must abide by all Signature Speed Film rules to be eligible for awards. No "Hybrid" Animation work is allowed until production week.)

Music Video (M)

Music Videos are limited to 5 minutes in duration. These are films where the visuals enhance or illustrate a song that may be pre-existing or original. Music Videos may begin production immediately after fees are paid. Producers will choose a foundational Bible verse related to the annual theme

Behind The Scenes "Making Of" Documentaries (B)

These 5-minute films document the making of any of the other film types. Submitting a Making Of film is entirely optional, but it can be great fun, and very informative to future 168 teams. Filming may start as soon as the team is formed. No additional fees are required. The documentary is due one week following the primary film's upload turn-in. An award for best "Making Of" documentary is presented at the Festival.

Season Schedule (Subject To Change)

VERSE ASSIGNMENT (Foundational Verses Randomly Assigned)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PRODUCTION WEEK START (11:00 AM PDT)
Friday, May 22

TURN-IN DAY (Upload must begin BEFORE 11:00 AM PDT)
Friday, May 29. 

MEDIA DAY INTERVIEWS Friday, May 29, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT, Location TBA. Cast and Crews will be interviewed by 168. The media is invited.

13th Annual 168 Film Festival - August 2015 - Dates & Location TBA


Entry Fee Schedule

$168 through Feb 2, 2015
$208 through March 9, 2015
$248 through April 13, 2015
$298 through May 5, 2015 (Entries close at noon PDT)

Award Categories

Past Years' Nominees and Winners

Awards categories and recipients for Signature Speed Films:

  • Best Film - to producer
  • Best Scriptural Integration - to writer
  • Best Comedy - to producer
  • Best International Film - to producer
  • Best Director - to director
  • Best Actress - to actress
  • Best Actor - to actor
  • Best Supporting Actor - to actor
  • Best Supporting Actress - to actress
  • Best Screenplay - Drama - to writer
  • Best Screenplay - Comedy- to writer
  • Best Cinematography - to DP
  • Best Editor - to editor
  • Best Sound Design - to sound designer
  • Best Original Score - to composer
  • Best Production Design - to production designer
  • Best Hair/Makeup - to person with hair/makeup credit

Awards for Other Film Types:

  • Best Documentary - to producer
  • Best Animated Film - to producer
  • Best Music Video - to producer
  • Best KidVid - to producer
  • Best Student Film - to producer 
  • Best Write of Passage Spotlight Film - to producer
  • Festival Audience Favorite - to producer
  • Best "Making Of" Behind-The-Scenes Documentary - to producer of documentary

Overall Award

  • Evangelista Award - to writer - honors the best telling of the Gospel of Jesus with a minimum of distraction. Evangelista has raised the bar for Christian films. All films except Write of Passage Spotlight are eligible for Evangelista.

 (Producer is the "Signing Producer," the owner of the film.)