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

Announcing the Fifth 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. Special awards may be presented depending upon submissions.

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

Cutoff Date: Midnight, August 15, 2020.

Finalist films will be shown on the big screen at our live awards ceremony near Orlando, Florida on October 10, 2020.

Admission fee: $29 per film, or $24 for Earlybird special.

NEW FOR 2020: We Will Be adding a "Best Making Of" award. So, 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. Photographic gear provided by Sponsors will be included with the trophies. Additional awards may be presented. Winners need not be present at awards ceremony in order to win.

READ THIS FIRST - VERY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS! Before you create your film, the item which must be in EVERY film submitted is.. "a Heart". The Heart 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 heart -or- have a character SAY the word "heart" at some point in your film (in any context). It can be a poster with a heart, it can be a heart shaped box, etc. etc. WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR FILM, notify us when "heart" occurs in your film (example: "the female spy character says the word heart at the 2:13 mark in the film" or "a heart-shaped vase can be seen on the desk at the 4:21 mark").

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 "heart" in there somewhere! 2) Submit your film on this website. Enter by June 15, 2020 for the discounted rate of only $24. 3) Tell us where we can see or hear the clue "heart" 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.
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
  • Wow! What a great niche festival. My short ‘Hotel Crisco’ was chosen for the 2019 event and I must say, it was wonderful! Mark and Pat are 2 of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. The communication was timely and efficient and they truly care about the filmmakers! I was able to attend the fest and it was beautiful. They had an excellent venue with engaged audience members. We all went for drinks at a bar around the corner and I got to connect with some amazing filmmakers. I will definitely be submitting and hopefully attending again in 2020. Thank you Mark and Pat for the opportunity!

    December 2019
  • Really great experience with the festival! Always gave us updates and very forward with information!

    November 2019
  • Steve Olander

    One of the BEST competitions I've ever entered. The communications for getting questions answered couldn't be better. Mark is genuinely concerned to know what your concerns are and that you have the information you need. It is also a wonderful challenge!

    October 2019
  • Mary Stoner

    This was my second year to submit, so that's a testament in itself. I feel it's an important festival to enter and be a part of because of the technical and story-telling challenge -- and also because it's a local festival that pulls other local filmmakers together. Mark continues to do a great job with it so I won't be surprised if it keeps getting bigger and better every year.

    October 2019
  • Bob Bouland

    Very honored and privileged to be part of the Single-Take Film Challenge. This was our first time participating and will certainly do this again. The event was well organized and the festival’s representative was communicative and responsive. We are already preparing for next year!

    October 2019