The 21-Day Filmmaking Competition

Launched in 2006 as Project Twenty1’s flagship event, The 21-Day Filmmaking Competition has grown to become the largest filmmaking contest in Philadelphia. It also encompasses every part of our E.P.I.C. mission.

  • EXHIBIT: All films completed within the guidelines are guaranteed a theatrical screening to a 320-seat theater in the 5th-largest market in America.
  • PROMOTE: The best films every year are screened dozens of times around the US! Project Twenty1 acts as a non-exclusive agent for our community of filmmakers, using our resources and connections to find our artists more screenings and exposure possibilities than they can find anywhere else. At the same time, our filmmakers retain 100% ownership of their films forever, so they can explore every option available to them.
  • INSPIRE: We provide all 21-Day filmmakers with a Secret Element to jump-start their creativity and a reason to create new works.
  • CONNECT: Between Project Twenty1’s social media network of nearly 10,000 artists, and our in-person events like the Launch Event, Drop Event, and 21-Day screenings at the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, we provide ample resources for filmmakers to build a cast and crew, meet their future investors, and make the connections they need to turn their hobbies into careers.

Artist Benefits

Above all, the 21-Day Competition is an educational tool. Ask any filmmaker: the best way to learn how to make a film is to go out and do it. Most are just impeded by the question: “Why?” and feel that without the above, there is no purpose in working on artistic projects. Many of our 21-Day filmmakers create their first-ever projects with us, and others are professionals looking to challenge themselves with some new guidelines and the adrenaline rush that comes with friendly competition. Every one that returns invariably makes a better film the next year.

21-Day alumni have gone on to acquire agents, receive news coverage, screen at dozens of high-profile festivals nationwide, and even find funding for their next projects. The 21-Day Filmmaking Competition has successfully launched careers for media artists all around the country.

Society Benefits

As of 2013, the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition has resulted in the creation of over 239 brand new short films and animations. Our participants hone their craft and move on to bigger and better things each year. This means more jobs being created in the arts, and more communities being exposed to those arts – a proven source of education, and community and economic development for a region. It also means a continued artistic culture in a society that cuts an increasing number of arts programs every year. This program helps ensure that good independent film and animation content will remain available to American audiences in the coming years.

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