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.

OPEN TO ALL FILMMAKERS.

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, 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.

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. 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, 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 Singletakechallenge@gmail.com.

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:

GENERAL RULES
RULES AND REGULATIONS

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.

GOOD LUCK

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  • 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
  • This festival was a real pleasure to be a part of. I entered from Australia and Mark was always very responsive and helpful with everything I asked or wanted to know about submitting. My film ‘The Funeral’ took out the best film category and Mark and his team made the whole experience something truly special.

    October 2019
  • Luke Bradford

    A real honour to have been included in this event! Excellent communication from the start and so much love for everyones work. We were fortunate enough to win one of the categories with our film 'ONE'! Thank you to all the team involved in making The Single-Take Challenge happen and I would encourage anyone to take up the challenge themselves!

    October 2019