24-Hour Youth Film Competition

24-Hour Youth Film Competition

25.00 75.00

It's back!

Saturday, July 28 to Sunday, July 29, 2018
10:00AM — 10:00AM (24 hrs)

What is it?

Since 2005, High School students across Texas' landscape come together to create short films in only 24 hours during ASoF's infamous Annual Youth M.A.F.I.A Day Competition & Festival. This year, ASoF is shakin' things up for a Summer Edition!

This event takes place from 10am-10am at Austin School of Film during Texas' 2018 summer break. 

What are the rules?

  • You and your team will have 24 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film.
  • You will receive a genre and a prop that must to be incorporated into your short film. 
  • Your team will be required to have a max of five students.
  • You may sign up individual or with your team. If you do not have a team, you will be placed in one at the start of the event. 
  • Students are not permitted to leave campus without written parental consent during the 24 hour period.
  • Teams cannot shoot outside of the 24 hour competition (ex: you cannot shoot at a store nearby, in your car off campus, at your home etc). If you do, your film will be disqualified. 

Who will see my film?

  • All finished films are screened for the public at ASoF's Official Youth Film Festival -- Loud & Clear at Alamo Drafthouse in August (date TBA).
  • Films are judged according to their story, technical merit, and the filmmaker's ability to incorporate and use the prescribed guidelines. Categories include Best Use of Prop, Best Use of Genre, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography.


Winning teams of each category will receive up to $2,000 in prizes to be announced and all winning films will be entered in Austin Youth Film Festival 2019!

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SCHEDULE: 24 hours straight from 10AM on Saturday, July 28 until 10AM on Sunday, July 29

LOCATION: here at Motion Media Arts Center (2200 Tillery St, Austin TX 78723)

10 scholarship spots are available; contact us to inquire!

NOTE: this film competition is a new incarnation of our super-popular annual "M.A.F.I.A." event, for returning members of the community 

PROVIDED BY ASoF: Austin School of Film will provide Saturday lunch & dinner, and Sunday breakfast in addition to snacks & drinks. You and your team will also be able to access the editing labs to edit your short films.


  • Your permission slips *emailed a week before the event takes place.
  • Your M.A.F.I.A Badge *given at orientation the morning of the event.
  • Wardrobe for your film
  • Props for your film
  • Ideas for your film
  • Notebook
  • Duct tape
  • Board games / deck of cards
  • Change of clothes
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Camera equipment