The 21-Day Filmmaking Competition gives teams of filmmakers and animators from around the world the opportunity to make films and animations up to 10 minutes long in just 21 days.

We provide inspiration (“The Element”), motivation (a competition!), a World Premiere theatrical screening, free submission to the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, AND worldwide promotion to other festivals in perpetuity.

Why make a Team?

The 21-Day Filmmaking Competition gives filmmakers and animators the motivation to produce original work with a realistic deadline and friendly competition, ample resources to build a cast and crew, and more screenings and exposure possibilities for your new opus than you can’t find anywhere else.

How does it work?

Rules: Read the Official Rules.

Launch Event (filmmaking begins): August 30th, 2014 Teams (and anyone else who wishes to attend) are invited to our Launch Event in Philadelphia, PA  (Harvest, 40th & Walnut) to hear the rules, ask questions, and network with actors, musicians, and crew to complete their dream teams. The event culminates with the reveal of the “Secret Element” that all films must include. Hundreds of filmmakers, actors, writers, artists, and enthusiasts flock to this FREE event for the opportunity to join forces, win raffles, eat food and drink alcohol. It’s awesome.
Teams and volunteers from other regions flock to our online network to join forces virtually, share resources, and ALL TEAMS receive the Element simultaneously via email. Filmmakers can participate from anywhere. Teams have signed up from as far as the UK, Greece, and Hong Kong!
Drop Event & Wrap Party (filmmaking ends): September 20th, 2014 Films and supplemental materials are due in person at the Drop location (Harvest, 40th & Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104) or postmarked or time-stamped and delivered digitally to our offices. After the pressure is off, Teams local to Philly share heroic tales and horror stories on camera, and celebrate their achievements at our official Wrap Party. (This is why the Drop Event is always at a bar.)

Screenings, Prizes & Promotion

Guaranteed Screenings: All films completed within the deadline are guaranteed a World Premiere theatrical screening, October 6th & 7th in Philadelphia
Prizes: Check the Prize page for the latest updates!
Additional Promotion: The promotion of our 21-Day filmmakers doesn’t end in October. ALL 2014 21-Day Films are registered as Submissions to the 2015 Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival. Films become eligible for listing on imdb, and are submitted for FREE by Project Twenty1 to other festivals nationwide, thus saving our filmmaking Teams hundreds of dollars and giving them tons of exposure. Our filmmakers retain 100% ownership of their films FOREVER. Just think of us as a non-exclusive agent.
Congratulations to the bold and creative geniuses below who’ve chosen to take up the gauntlet in this year’s 21-Day Filmmaking Competition. May the odds be… well, you know.

Official 2014 Teams: (updated weekly)

(Veteran Team) (Rookie Team)
GuyLoki Films – Steve Bradford, Washington DC
Magnolia – David Kappler, Magnolia, NJ
Sickening Thud – Wedge Wegman, Philadelphia, PA
Dizzy Radar – Chris Loper, Lincoln, NE
Justice Productions – Doug Seidel, Monroe Twp, NJ
Pure Genius Pictures – John Morgera, Wilmington, DE
Tilted Straight – Bill Shannon, Clifton Heights, PA
Badger Tsunami – Mike Fenton, Philadelphia, PA
Super Kid Films – Kent Darden, Philadelphia, PA
 831 Films – Melissa Chadwick, Willow Grove, PA
Inglorious Splicers – Brian Carlin, Conshohocken, PA
Art Party Pictures – Kevin Corcoran, Media, PA
half-watt Productions – Lee Vetter, New Jersey
Liberty Bell Films – Mark Kochanowicz, Philadelphia, PA
The Famous Makers – Bradley Struss, Bethesda, MD
Shochu Cat –  Pang Men Wai, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
10 Mile – Mike Madigan, Troy, MI
Thing Two – James Ford-Hutchinson, Atlanta, GA
Assembled – Keith Chamberlain, Black Wood, NJ
Wick – Carissa Schanely, Collingswood, NJ
Team Trifecta – Tricia Delaney, Ryan O’Regan, Rob Stats, North Bergen, NJ
Equinox Cinema – Ryan Armstrong, Mullica Hill, NJ
New Empire – Tom Ianieri, Aldan, PA
EPV Films – Chris Casaburi, Carmel, NY
Una Corda – Marty Krzywonos, Levittown, PA
The Board of Sound and Light – Aaron GM Clark, Lansing, MI
Drop the HAT – Jason Heffner, Lansdale, PA
Philm It – Brendan Joyce, Lansdale, PA
Square Catz – Andrea Katz, Yardley, PA
Film Burner – Jack Pinto, Bensalem, PA
Starmada – Matt Sundell, Cherry Hill, NJ
Stranger in the Alps – Brad Kingett, Sewell, NJ
Philagape – Chris Pierdomenico, Oxford, PA
I.D.E.A. Productions – Javier Ortiz, Philadelphia, PA
The Black Lion Cabal – Denzel A. Owens-Pryor, Philadelphia, PA
Zag – Ryan Grow, Bradenton, FL
Defender of the Peas- Genevieve Irene, Philadelphia, PA
Vigilante Media – Darren Troche, Mechanicsburg, PA