Q: What is the Teen Film Challenge?

The Teen Film Challenge is a 72-hour filmmaking competition exclusively for teenagers (age 12-19). It’s a competition that empowers everyone from the next generation of filmmakers to a team simply wanting a fun contest with friends. The competition is open to students in the 12 Midwest states and areas within 500 miles of Cincinnati.

Q: When does the Teen Film Challenge happen?

The 2022 Teen Film Challenge begins Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 8:00 pm and ends on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 8pm. The participating teams must complete their film and upload it online by Sunday, August 7 at 8:00 pm EST.

Only films that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition. All films received on Sunday (on-time and late) will be screened.

Q: What happens during the 72 hours?

All creativity, production and post-production must take place during the 72 hours of the competition. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Writing the script
  • Shooting the movie
  • Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Exporting & Turning in the final film

Q: What can I do before the competition starts?

The only work you and your team is permitted to do prior to the competition starting is:

  • Find and Recruit Crew (cinematographer, editor, director, etc)
  • Find and Recruit Cast
  • Find Equipment (camera,
  • Scouting/Securing Locations

Q: When can we shoot footage?

  • All footage must be shot within the Teen Film Challenge official time.

  • No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used.

  • Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during Teen Film Challenge official time. Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the Teen Film Challenge official time.

Q: When and where is the Kickoff Event?

The kickoff is Thursday, August 4 from 7:00-8:00 pm EST at our studio on the campus of Bethany Baptist Church in Liberty Township, Ohio. A virtual link will be provided for groups outside of the Cincinnati area.

Q: What happens at the Kickoff Event?

Each participating group MUST have a representative (the whole team is strongly encouraged to come but not required) at the Film Drawing Event at 7:00 pm EST on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Before the event, each group must submit a complete Team Leader’s Agreement, signed by its team leader. A team cannot participate without submitting this agreement.

 Each group will choose the genre of its film and the film title in a random drawing as well as be given the required prop. Teams can reject their drawn genre for a Wild Card genre. If opting for the Wild Card, teams may not go back to their original genre.

To qualify as a Teen Film Challenge film, each group’s film must be in the genre it selects. Teams MUST turn in the title drawn and required prop within the official time limit.

Q: What kind of equipment can I use?

Any type of video or film equipment may be used.

Q: How do I turn my film and documents in?

We are using the website Submittable for all films and documents to be submitted. A TFC secret upload link will be handed out at the Kickoff Event.

Q: Do I have to live in Cincinnati to compete?

No. The competition is open to students ages 12-19 who live in the 12 Midwest states or areas within 500 miles of Cincinnati.

You will need at least ONE representative at the Thursday kickoff event and your film MUST be uploaded by Sunday at 8:00pm EST. A virtual link will be provided for students outside of Cincinnati.

Q: What kind of music can I use?

Teams are encouraged to work with a composer and/or musicians to write and record music for the films. Teams can use pre-recorded music but must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music.

Q: How long can my movie be?

The finished film must be a minimum of 3 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 6 minutes in duration—not including credits.

Q: What prizes and awards can my movie win?

Panels of independent judges will determine the winners in the following categories:

    • Best Direction
    • Best Cinematography
    •  Best Editing
    •  Best Film Score
    • Best Actor
    •  Best Actress
    • Premiere Audience Favorite 

The winners in each respective category will receive a trophy for their achievement. The film winning the “PREMIERE AUDIENCE FAVORITE” will be selected from an audience vote the night of the screening. The judges will also submit their vote for the “BEST TEEN FILM CHALLENGE FILM”.