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

The 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.Power Theme

ENTRY DEADLINE May 10, 2018  


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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 Challenge (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. Max length 12 minutes.

  • 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: 11-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: 11 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).

Animation (A)

These up to 5-minute films include Computer Graphics, Motion Capture or other Animation in every frame. Production may begin anytime after fees are paid, documents signed and producer-selected verse is given. Pure Animation films compete in their own category. (NOTE: Films that alternate between live action and animation are "Hybrid" Films and must abide by Speed Film or Alumni Invitational rules.) Length: 5-minutes or less.

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. Pre-existing music must be properly licensed with documentation.  Length: 5 min. or less.

Virtual Reality (V)

These up to 6-minute films are made on the VR 360 specification and follow the annual 168 theme. Production may begin anytime after fees are paid, documents signed and producer-selected verse is given. VR competes in its own category. Length: 6-minutes or less.

Behind The Scenes "Making Of" Documentaries (B)

These 5-minute films document the making of any of the other "principle" 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. No additional fees are required. The documentary is due one week following the principle film's upload. Length: 5-minutes or less.

168 Second "Warm-Up" (P)

The purpose of a Warm-Up is the same as warming up before a race. 168 Signature Speed Films are a test of endurance for humans and machines, so to encourage teams to TEST YOUR WORKFLOW, we're having a friendly competition for the best 168 Second Warm-Up film.  Films must be no longer than 168 seconds + 12 seconds of credits for total of 3 minutes, and be based on a Bible verse common to all. Speed Film content rules apply. The more viral the better!  Teams may share Warm-Up films on social media to promote their participation in 168. There is no production time restraint but we recommend teams create deadlines to practice performing under pressure - before Speed Film verse assignment.

Full details on 168 Warm-Up

Season Schedule (Subject To Change)


2017 Schedule:


Oct 27 WP Publish Ten Finalists: 168film.com 

Oct 27 WP Audience Favorite Voting Starts

Nov 03 WP Audience Favorite Voting Closes

Nov 07 WP Jury Winner Announced, Winner Interviewed 

Nov 08 WP Audience Favorite Announced


2018 Events:

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

  • May 10, 2018 - Entry deadline
  • May 15, 2018 - Speed Film Verse Assignment
  • May 25, 2018 - Speed Film Production Start, 11am PDT
  • June 1, 2018 - All films Turn-In Deadline, 11am PDT


Entry Fee Schedule

$168 through January 15
$208 through February 15
$248 through March 15
$298 through April 15
$348 through May 1
$398 until entries close at noon PDT May 10, 2018

Award Categories

 Awards categories and recipients for 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
Non-speed films are eligible for individual acting and personnel awards "in a non-speed film." Categories, nominations and awards will be at the discretion of the judges.

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.