21-Day Filmmaking Competition 2012

HERE are the Official Selections of this year’s Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, including all 33 of this year’s 21-Day Competition films!

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 and worldwide promotion after the festival ends.

2012 Team Signups are now CLOSED!

See below for Official Team list.

When does filmmaking take place? The 2012 Competition begins July 28th (the “Launch Event”). Films are due August 18th (the “Drop Event”).

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?

Launch Event (filmmaking begins): On July 28th, 2012, from 2:00-6:00pm EDT, Teams (and anyone else who wishes to attend) are invited to Triumph Brewery in Philadelphia, PA 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” (at 6:00pm EDT) that all films must include. Hundreds of filmmakers, actors, writers, artists, and enthusiasts flock to this FREE event for the opportunity to join forces.

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, and in 2012, Teams are signed up from as far as California, and even Hong Kong!

Drop Event & Wrap Party (filmmaking ends): On August 18th, films and supplemental materials are due in person at Triumph Brewery or postmarked by 6:00pm EDT. 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!
Festival Screenings: All films completed within the deadline are guaranteed a World Premiere screening at Project Twenty1’s 2012 Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, September 27th-30th, and are eligible for awards in a dozen categories, including Best Acting, Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Use of Element, Best Effects, and of course, Best Film.
Additional Promotion: The promotion of our 21-Day filmmakers doesn’t end with our festival in October. Top films receive a commercial release on DVD, listing on imdb, and submission to Project Twenty1’s Screening Partners, thus saving our filmmaking Teams hundreds of dollars and giving them tons of exposure! Our filmmakers retain 100% ownership of their films FOREVER. We simply act as a non-exclusive agent.

Prizes: Check the Prize page for the latest updates!

Read the Official Rules.

Congratulations to the bold and creative geniuses below who’ve chosen to take up the gauntlet in this year’s 21-Day Filmmaking Competition!

Official 2012 Teams: (complete list)

(Veteran Team) (Rookie Team)

Team Sickening Thud – Wedge Wegman, Philadelphia, PA
Team Badger Tsunami – Mike Fenton, Philadelphia, PA
Team Monstros Madre – Mark Mackner, Philadelphia, PA
Team Justice Productions – Doug Seidel, Monroe Twp, NJ
Team GuyLoki Films – Steve Bradford, Washington, DC
Team 4 Maples – Patrick Finucane, Phoenixville, PA
Team Vector – MindChamber, Glenside, PA
Team Crackerhammer – Michael Mercadante, Quakertown, PA
Team Philagape – Chris Pierdomenico, Brookhaven, PA
Team Shochu Cat – Pang Men Wai, Taikoo Shing, HONG KONG

Team Keeps Changing Their Name – Stuart Gould, San Bernardino, CA
Team Frank ‘n’ Nasty – Andre Bennett, Philadelphia, PA
Team EPV Films – Chris Casaburi, Carmel, NY
Team Photon CG – Jim Hagan, Philadelphia, PA
Team Gati Kalā – Mihir Pathak, Philadelphia, PA
Team JB Productions – Joe Blodgett, Tonawanda, NY
Team Guts Guts Guts Guts – (This May Change), TBD, New York, NY
Team Inglorious Splicers – Brian Carlin, Conshohocken, PA
Team Half-Watt Productions – Lee Vetter, Riverside, NJ
Team 10 Mile – Mike Madigan, Troy, MI
Team Art Party Pictures – Kevin Corcoran, Media, PA
Pure Genius Pictures – John Morgera, Wilmington, DE
Team Thing Three –  James Ford-Hutchinson, New Brunswick, NJ
Team Mass n Class – Kapileshwar Punna, Falls Church, VA
Team Graceful Monk Productions – Mike Rosiak, Doylestown, PA
Team Noonan – Ron Williams, Harding, PA
Team Liberty Bell Films – Mark Kochanowitz, Philadelphia, PA
Team Psynema – Gary Hanna, Sabina Trandafir, Philadelphia, PA
Team Future History Labs – Freddy Moses, Hyattsville, MD
Team Assembled!! – Keith Chamberlain, Blackwood, NJ
Team Flaming Marshmallow Productions – Jon Craig, Wenonah, NJ
Team Drop the HAT – Jason Heffner, Hatfield, PA
Team Turtle Power! – Matt Sundell, Cherry Hill, NJ
Team Dela WHERE? – Scott Bell, Newark, DE
Team Stranger in the Alps – Brad Kingett, Sewell, NJ
Team Hollywood or Bust! – Tom Ianieri, Aldan, PA

Team Spinshot Films – Jeremy Cavner, Seattle, WA
Team Stray Dog Films – Ray Foliente, Las Vegas, NV
Team Dizzy Radar – Chris Loper, NJ