Make an award-winning film in under 8 minutes. Seriously, do it!

Announcing the Seventh Annual Single-Take Challenge, celebrating the short "One-Shot" film. The most fun you'll ever have making a movie.


Brand new, genuine one-take films only. Any genre, any length up to 8 minutes maximum.

Each film submitted must be a single, continuous take film. NO cuts or hidden cuts, NO editing (other than sound, color correction, titles etc.). As this is a "Challenge", the more creative the film, the better. The winning films will be the ones that have the most "WOW!"

Prizes: A beautiful Grand Prize trophy for Best Film. Additional trophies for Most Entertaining Film and Extraordinary Cinematography. Audience Favorite award, determined by poll. Best "Making Of" award. Special awards may be presented depending upon submissions and circumstances.

What counts most in this contest is originality, creativity, imagination, and the ability to surprise.

Cutoff Date: Midnight, August 15, 2022.

Finalist films will be submitted to the judging panel for trophy nominations. ALL qualified entries will be shown online the weekend of October 7-9, 2022 and are eligible for the Audience Favorite award.

Admission fee: $20 per film through 6/15/22, $25 through the final deadline 8/15/22.

NEW as of 2021: We will show *ALL* qualified entries during our online weekend event, and *ALL* qualified films will be eligible for the Audience Favorite award (determined by poll). We are working to have a live theater screening of the Finalist films as well.

"Best Making Of" award. If you have the resources, consider filming "the making of" your single-take entry. These Making Of films will also be single take films. We want to see who and what was involved in pulling off your movie. SUBMIT YOUR "MAKING OF" FILM SEPARATELY via email to There will be no additional fees to submit your "Making Of" film.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Films must be NEW and original films. To ensure that your film has been created specifically for this event, you will be asked to include a certain item in the film. READ RULES & TERMS BELOW FOR IMPORTANT DETAILS

Grand Prize trophy for Best Film. Additional trophies for Most Entertaining Film and Extraordinary Cinematography. Audience Favorite award, determined by poll. Best "Making Of" award - we want to see what is going on behind the scene; who is doing what. Special awards may be presented depending upon submissions and circumstances.

READ THIS BEFORE YOU BEGIN - VERY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS! Before you create your film, the item which must be in EVERY film submitted is.. "a guitar". The Guitar does NOT need to be an important part of your story (and is not part of the judging), but you DO have to SHOW a guitar -or- have a character SAY the word "guitar" at some point in your film (in any context). It can be a poster with a guitar, it can be a toy guitar, etc. etc. WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR FILM, notify us when "guitar" occurs in your film (example: "the female spy character says the word guitar at the 2:13 mark in the film" or "a guitar can be seen in the background at the 4:21 mark"). GUITAR MUSIC ALONE WILL NOT QUALIFY YOUR FILM.

And of course, each film submitted must be a single, continuous take film. NO cuts/hidden cuts, NO editing (other than sound, color correction, titles etc.) NOTE: EFFECTIVE with the 2020 Challenge - NO "speeding up" or time compression of the films. All films must be shot and shown in real-time.

Any questions - email us at

Now you're ready to get started. After planning out your film: 1) shoot your film, any length up to 8 minutes long max including credits. Don't forget to show or say the clue "guitar" in there somewhere! 2) Submit your film on this website. Enter by June 15, 2021 for the discounted rate of only $20. 3) Tell us where we can see or hear the clue "guitar" in your film.


Now for the fine print:


1. Films must not exceed 8 minutes in length, including credits.
2. All non-English language films must have English subtitles or no dialogue.
3. A separate entry fee is required for each submission.
4. Submissions may NOT be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the Festival.
5. All selected films may be excerpted (up to 2 minutes) for publicity purposes. Films submitted agree to be aired on Tampa Bay Entertainment and Education Network television and/or other venues.
6. After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically: please provide an email address.
7. Films are to be submitted via this web page unless specifically approved by the Festival.
8. Projects MUST be completed specifically for this Festival per the requirements above.
9. Filmmaker MUST have proper license to all copyrighted music, video, and images projected in their short film.
10. By entering the Challenge, you agree to abide by the rules. Films that are determined to have used FX to achieve the impression of single take will be disqualified.

As we have no real way to prove whether entrants' films are true single-takes, we are relying upon the honor system. By submitting your film, you are attesting to the fact that your film was shot in one single, continuous take with no cuts or edits.


Overall Rating
  • Tellway Pictures

    Very good festival. We had a blast participating in it! We hope to come back and we wish the best of luck to Mark and all the other people behind the festival. Very good communication and very pretty prizes!

    October 2021
  • Kevin Hart

    The Single Take Challenge is a Must-Do for any filmmaker. Mark and the folks at STC have created an excellent (and much-needed) platform to showcase and encourage your work. You get to see interesting work and meet very talented people. Do it!

    October 2021
  • Christine Braithwaite

    Mark has been a great host and has always kept us in the loop within the running of the festival. This has been a great challenge to do. A must have for any budding film makers.

    October 2021
  • Daniel Griesheimer

    I highly recommend anyone thinking of joining this to challenge yourself and do it! This was our first year participating, first time directing, and first film festival ever submitted. It was amazing to meet so many talented filmmakers from around the nation. It felt like we were in a room full of kindred spirits. We can't wait to see you again next year!

    October 2021
  • Alexandros tsilifonis

    Highly recommend it! The Single-take challenge gave me a great incentive to work on something different and I think all filmmakers should try it our once and a submit a film there.

    The selection of films in 2020 was great and I was very glad to be part of it. Cheers to Mark Troy and the rest of the organizing team for making this a great experience.

    January 2021