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

2019 Theme - RebirthThe 168 Film Project is an intensive short-film production competition for filmmakers worldwide of all skill levels. All films are created for the competition and 168 Film Festival, based on a theme and a verse from the Bible.

ENTRY DEADLINE May 15, 2019  

THEME FOR 2019 "Rebirth"
"Rebirth" is hardly a rewind of life, or reincarnation. It’s much deeper and involves real decisions right now.  Jesus said, “No one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.” What?! How?!  We become new (reborn) upon meeting the savior and then comes the lifelong journey of learning His ways. Come with us as we explore spiritual rebirth.

2020 Grand Prize: Hotel, Airfare and Market Pass to the Cannes Film Festival in France.

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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 writing schedule and perform all production and editing in 168 hours. Non-Speed Films may begin anytime after fees are paid, documents signed and producer-selected verses are given. They must be turned in on time and not exceed the maximum length (TRT).  All films must have readable credits, which are included in TRT. 

"Speed Film" Types:

Signature Speed Films (S)

This is our original Speed Film contest. These short narratives are created by teams around the world, based on a theme and a randomly-assigned 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, the finished film is due. To be eligible for awards, all completed films must be uploaded to our server by the deadline. Top entries are invited to screen as Official Selections to the 168 Film Festival and judged by Hollywood Professionals. Length: 11-minutes or less.

Student Speed Films (T)

Key personnel (producer, director, etc.) must be active students in a formal educational program (public or private K-12, college or homeschool).  They must be supervised by one or more adults if the producer is under 18 years old. All Signature Speed Film rules apply. PICK YOUR OWN DEADLINE: Student Speed Film producers may choose their own deadline to facilitate more participation within their teams - perhaps to have production week over spring break. See Rules for complete detail. Student films compete for a "best of" award within their own category.
Length: 11-minutes or less.

Non-Speed Film Types

Production on film types listed below may begin as soon as fees are paid. The turn-in deadline and other turn-in requirements are the same as for Speed Films (see Season Schedule.)

Non-speed films compete for "Best Film" in their own categories. Also, actors and personnel in these films will be eligible for acting and personnel awards "in a non-speed film." Categories for awards and nominations are at the discretion of the jury.

Alumni Films (U)

168 veteran speed filmmakers are invited to develop their own stories and supply the film's foundational verse. Producer must have been signing producer for at least one other 168 film in a previous year. There is no specific start time or writing schedule. Length: 12-minutes or less.

  • Story will reflect the annual theme
  • Producers choose Foundational Verse
  • Production starts as soon as team is registered
  • Script may be pre-existing (excluding Write of Passage scripts) or original
  • Production may be any genre: drama, comedy, doc, etc
  • Content rules apply
  • Duration 12 minutes or less (including credits)
  • Submission standards and upload deadline same as Speed Films
  • "Making Of" behind the scenes films are encouraged (5 minutes max)
  • Alumni may also compete in Speed Film competition (multiple entries OK)
  • Finalists will be judged using Speed Film criteria (Scriptural Integration is very important)

Write of Passage Spotlight Films (W)

Scripts for these films come from the Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition. 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. Length: 12-minutes or less.

Licensing a Script  Read Eligible Scripts

Documentary (D)

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. Documentaries may begin full production as soon as fees are paid. Length: 7 min. or less.

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. 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. Length: 5-minutes or less.

The KidVid category is open to all producers who would like to make age-appropriate Bible-based films for children (think of "Veggie Tails" or "Davey & Goliath" for young kids, or a Bible-based "iCarly" for tweens). Overlaying crossover content for adults can make KidVids even stronger, as in the 2014 winner, "Gift of Grace."

KidVid is NOT a student or child-producer category, although young people may be heavily involved. Students are encouraged to make a Student Speed Film (see above).

Behind The Scenes "Making Of" Documentaries (B)

These 3-minute films document the making of any of the other "primary" film types. Making Of Films are optional, but it can be great fun, and very informative to audiences and future 168 teams. Filming may start as soon as the team is formed. The best "Making Of" documentaries not only show behind the scenes action and fun bloopers, but also tell how the story evolved from the Bible verse. No additional fees are required. The documentary is due one week following the primary film's upload.  Length: 3-minutes or less.


Season Schedule (Subject To Change)

2019 Events:

January - May (dates to be announced) Mixers and Classes

  • May 15, 2019 - Entry deadline
  • May 21, 2019 - Speed Film Verse Assignment
  • May 31, 2019 - Speed Film Production Start, 11am PDT
  • June 7, 2019 - All films Turn-In Deadline, 11am PDT
  • August 24-25, 2019 (Sat-Sun) 168 Film Festival



Entry Fee Schedule

$168 through January 18
$208 through February 18
$248 through March 18
$298 through April 18
$348 through May 13
$398 until entries close at noon PDT May 15, 2019
(Prices rise at midnight, end of day listed.)

Award Categories

Tentative Awards categories for 2019:

  1. Best Make-Up & Hair
  2. Best Sound Design
  3. Best Score
  4. Best Production Design
  5. Best Screenplay
  6. Best Scriptural Integration
  7. Evangelista Award
  8. Best Editor
  9. Best Cinematography
  10. Best Supporting Actor
  11. Best Supporting Actress
  12. Best Actress
  13. Best Actor
  14. Best Director
  15. Audience Favorite
  16. Best Documentary
  17. Best Comedy
  18. Best International Film
  19. Best Alumni Film
  20. Best Speed Film

Evangelista Award:

  • Evangelista honors the writer for creating the tool that best facilitates the telling of the Gospel of Jesus and the Method of Salvation. Directness, Simplicity and a minimum of distraction are core values. Evangelista has raised the bar for Gospel Films. All films except Write of Passage Spotlight are eligible.

Past Years' Nominees and Winners

 * Producer is the "Signing Producer," the owner of the film.