The 21-Day Competition

“If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.” – Wedge Wegman, prior Project Twenty1 participant

In 2019, Project Twenty1 returns to our roots, and relaunches with an exciting new take on a community favorite.

Think you can make a great film in three weeks? We do too. The 21-Day Competition gives you time for proper writing, casting, crewing, shooting and post-production, and promotes healthy filmmaking habits like how to nail a deadline while still remembering to sleep and eat.

We provide the motivation, the deadline, and the access to industry screeners and judges waiting to see your next opus. You just have to provide the movie.

Sound fun? It is!

The only requirements are:

Your film must be 7:00 minutes or shorter.
Your film must be created within the 21 days.
Your film must include the Secret Element.

Examples from prior years:

Participants are welcome to upload their creations to YouTube, Facebook, and/or Instagram with the tag #projecttwenty1 to participate in the audience award. The most “liked” film by 11:59 p.m., EDT October 21, 2019 will receive the Audience Award.

Top submissions, as assessed by a panel of industry judges, will become Official Selections for Project Twenty1’s 2019 Screening, which will premiere via a live stream hosted by Project Twenty1 and special industry judges!

In the weeks and months that follow, top films from the 21-Day Competition will be screened via our network of Screening Partners around the world. Prior Project Twenty1 films have screened across 23 states and 11 countries.

There is no limit to the number of teams that can participate, and there is no restriction on state or country of entry. Sign up, make a film, and have fun!

So what are you waiting for? Read the rules and start forming your team HERE.


Day 0:

Assemble your team. At the start of the 21 days, we give you (via email, social media, and this website) a Secret Element every film must include. You then have 21 days to make that film or animation a reality.

Day 1:

Join us online when we reveal the “Secret Element” you will be incorporating into your film. Then it’s off to the races!

Days 1-21:

Make any short film or animation you want! Make something you’ve been dying to make forever. See the requirements to the right.

Day 21:

Submit it to us before the deadline!