Any person who wishes to participate in the contest and pays the entry fee is welcome to participate! However, we kindly ask that you read the rules carefully. Following the rules ensures fairness to all teams involved. So here we go...

  1. Who may enter. Any West Virginia resident 18+ years of age may enter. Individuals are welcome to register, but you can also register as a team. If you are entering as a team, you must designate a team captain. Your team captain will be responsible for maintaining communication with us before and during the film challenge. The team captain will also be responsible for making sure that films are submitted to us by the deadline.

  2. Entry fee. All individuals and teams need to pay our $25 entry fee to register. Until we receive your fee, you will not officially be listed on our registration log. Any questions you have about the fee may be directed to justin@mtncraft.com.

  3. Contest dates. The film challenge period will run from Thursday, June 6th at noon to Tuesday, June 11th at noon, with the official film screening and audience choice award on Saturday, June 29th.

  4. Film rules.

    1. Assigning prompts. Noon on Thursday, June 6th will be the official start of the Five Day Film Challenge. At this time, two "prompts" will be randomly drawn and assigned to you. The prompts will then be emailed out to all of the team captains. A prompt is defined as a word, phrase, or object that must be included in your film.

    2. Prompt usage. Each prompt you receive must be used in your film. Feel free to be creative with your use of the prompts. Your prompt could be a line of dialogue, an object, or even a thematic element. However you chose to use your prompts, please make sure that we’ll be able to spot it when we watch your film. If we can’t spot it, we may reach out to you and ask.

    3. Duration. Films must not exceed five minutes. Make an effort to keep your film concise and entertaining. If need be, we’ll allow you an extra 25 seconds for your credits sequence.

    4. Logos. All films entered into the Five Day Film Challenge must begin with the Five Day Film Challenge logo and the logos of our sponsors. These will be provided to you in advance of the challenge period so that you have them ready to go.

    5. Film specifications. We will accept films shot with any type of camera, but for maximum compatibility with our projection we recommend shooting 24 frames per second and in an HD format. If you are unable to do this, however, it will not disqualify you or count against you.

    6. Submitting your film. Films will be due no later than noon on Tuesday, June 11th. Please plan to submit your film early in case you encounter any technical issues! Films that are not received by us before the deadline will be ineligible to win and no refund of the entry fee will be possible. Films must be submitted digitally and online through Vimeo, WeTransfer, or the file-sharing service of your choice. We can accept files in any format, however we do ask that files be submitted in high definition resolution or greater. Please contact us if you need advice on what formats, resolution, or frame rates to shoot!

    7. File format. As long as we can play it, you are welcome to submit your film in any file format you choose, however we strongly prefer the h.264 codec in a .mov container. Submitted films should be HD if possible.

    8. Upload. We must receive a link to your film before our deadline for it to count, so please plan to upload your film early! Please upload your film to Vimeo and enable a download link so that we can download the file, or (preferably) use wetransfer.com to upload a file of up to 2GB for free, and then email us the link.

  5. The screening. All films received will be screened at a location (to be announced) in downtown Charleston on June 29th. All teams and filmmakers are highly encouraged to attend, as our event this year will also include a party where you’ll be encouraged to network with the other filmmakers.

  6. Awards. This year, we’re going to let the audience choose the winning film. Only people in attendance at the screening will get a chance to vote.

  7. Prizes. The Audience Choice winning film will win $500.