The APin3 Film Challenge is a fun 3 weeks in which budding directors and filmmaking teams create a 3-minute short film highlighting an aspect of, and shot entirely within, the City of Asbury Park. All the entries will be reviewed and the top ten will be chosen by a panel of local judges. Finalists will be screened ON THE BIG SCREEN to an audience at Asbury Park’s House of Independents Theater. The top 3 winners, and an audience favorite entry chosen by the assembled audience on premier night will win prizes that can be used in future filmmaking endeavors. With permission by the filmmakers, an assortment of the top videos will be shown on the Asbury Park Arts Council website, YouTube channel and on APTV - the Asbury Park cable access channel.

The APin3 is a storytelling activity for filmmakers to engage with the community in a positive light, and use imagination, teamwork and video technology. The timed aspect of the format creates a production that leans on spirit and enthusiasm for a participatory reflection of the uniqueness of our small town.

Participants: Anyone who thrives on the fun of filmmaking within the parameters of a challenge and who is ready to shoot their short film in Asbury Park.

Narrative: All genres - animation, drama, horror, experimental, action/adventure, documentary - are acceptable.

Music Video:
Asbury Park is known for its musical heritage and its acceptance of creative musical talent. Know a band or artist that can be highlighted in a music video? Are you a musician that can marry your musical talent with visuals? A music video is shot almost every 15 minutes somewhere in the world so make Asbury Park a character in your next 3-minute composition.

Student Film:
Attending an accredited high school or college? We want to advocate and celebrate up and coming student filmmakers. Try your hand at a 3-minute story. Contact us at for a student discount password.

The locally designed - by Hot Sand Glass Studio - APin3 Trophy Statuette will be awarded to the top three winners. Prize packages that can be used in future filmmaking endeavors will be announced as the entry deadline approaches.

1. Timeline: Individuals and teams will have 3 weeks - starting Monday August 7th , 2023 @ 10AM to write, shoot and edit a 3-minute short, uploading a finished film to the APin3 FilmFreeway site by Sunday, August 27th, 2023 no later than 6PM. Once you fill in your project page and submit your entry fee on FilmFreeway, you are free to consider your concept, form your team, find your actors, select your equipment and location scout.

You can take 3 HOURS, 3 DAYS or 3 WEEKS to create your film. However, all PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY must take place between August 7th and August 27th in ASBURY PARK, NJ.

2. Eligibility: To be eligible, entries must be the original work of the entrant; must not infringe on any third-party's rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements. Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the APin3 Film Challenge, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. APin3 Film Challenge reserves the right to make the final determination as to which entries are eligible.

3. Production Package: All entrants or teams will receive notification of their production packets download link via email on Monday August 7th, 2023 as of 10AM.
4. The following elements MUST be included in your short, but won’t be revealed until Monday August 7th, 2023 at 10AM:
-- the supplied theme of the short
-- one supplied line of dialogue
-- one exterior visual location in Asbury Park
-- a prop easily found in Asbury Park
-- The APin3 logo
5. Music: Each participating team may only use licensed music from a legally sanctioned source or music written for the film by one of the members of the team.

6. Running Time: The finished film cannot be any longer than 3 minutes. Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 20 seconds, in addition to the 3-minute maximum time limit. For example, you may have a 3-minute film plus 20 seconds of credits for a total running time of 3:20:00. Films any longer than 3:20:00 are not eligible.

7. Format: The finished film/video must be submitted via your project page on FilmFreeway.

8. Entries: No entries will be returned and all submissions MUST be made through the FilmFreeway portal via your project page. APin3 and its sponsor, the Asbury Park Arts Council, retain the rights to use, disseminate and otherwise replicate the entries, in part or in whole for, but not limited to, advertising and promotion. A submission fee will be required at the time of your project page completion and entry into the Challenge. Any questions about the submission fee, please email
9. Refund of submission fee will not be given if your film does not meet our requirements above and is not accepted as part of the APin3 Film Challenge. Any film submitted that is not made for the Challenge and does not use the items and requirements will automatically be disqualified.
10. The APin3 Film Challenge organizers at the Asbury Park Arts Council reserve the right to amend these rules up until the festival. If you have any questions regarding the challenge, please email Co-Festival Director Mike:
a) Click the SUBMIT button on the APin3 Challenge FilmFreeway Page.
b) Fill out the required information to either log in or set up an account with FilmFreeway.
c) Add a Project - this project page holds your entry slot in the Challenge. Simply title it "APin3", fill in pertinent contact information and SAVE your project. Now search for APin3 under 'festival search' or click this link: to enter your project form in the Challenge. Follow the prompts to checkout your entry through the Secure Checkout. Click Pay and Complete Order and you're entered in the Challenge. We can now send you a link to the Production Resources package on August 7th that you’ll need to complete your film.
d) Your entry is considered incomplete at this point, as it has no video file associated with it - yet. When you complete your film on August 27th, you'll return to your project page, amend an appropriate title, fill in the remainder of information about your film and upload your video file. Your entry is now complete and ready for judging. That's It!