The 72-Hour Teen Film Challenge is a filmmaking competition exclusively for teenagers 13-19 years old. The competition enables teens to showcase their filmmaking talents, empowering them to collaborate in small groups and combine talents to produce a film in three days. Teens often work in groups with friends as well as with other filmmakers. All pre-production, production, and post-production take place in 72 hours, including scriptwriting, film shooting, editing, and sound design.


2019 Teen Film Challenge Dates

  • Kickoff Event, August 1, Sinclair College, Mason

  • 72 Hour Challenge, Aug 1-4

  • Judging Period, August 4-9

  • Premiere and Awards Ceremony, August 10

The weekend following the competition, students are recognized at the annual Teen Film Challenge Premiere and Awards Ceremony. Awards include the following:

  • Best Direction

  • Best Cinematography

  • Best Editing

  • Best Film Score

  • Best Actor

  • Best Actress

  • Audience Favorite

  • Top 3 Films

    All films are eligible for the entry into UGACA’s Golden Lion Awards High School Film Festival.