29 Days Later kick off tomorrow, July 27; $1,200 in cash and prizes!

Victor of RKV productions models the 2015 prop!

Victor of RKV productions models the 2015 prop!

We are really excited for tomorrow’s July 27 kick off – can’t wait to see new and returning teams and reveal the prop! This year we are introducing a $300 cash prize to the grand prize winner and overall, there is more than $1200 in cash and prizes. Just visit 29dayslater2016.eventbrite.com to register. Every filmmaker can use a little extra cash, right?

Awards include cash prizes of $200 for the winner of each screening group, $100 for the new Michelle Ann Farrell Award for Innovation, $200 worth of special effects services from Herron Designs, a free film score for a future short film (under 15 minutes) from film composer Craig Dayton, and certificates for categories such as cinematography, acting, writing and special effects.

But it’s not all about the prizes – it’s about getting our ideas to screen, making new friends and reuniting with old ones, making films that we’re proud of and being able to share them with an audience on the big screen.

Less than one week until July 27 kick off!

We have a 29 Days Later first so far – ALL of the nearly 20 teams who have signed up are returning teams! It’s wonderful to have friends return year after year to be in the festival and see how their work improves every year. Of course, we always welcome fresh blood, too! We will be giving out a 29 Days Later record $800 in cash this year to winning films plus awards and prizes so don’t delay. To reserve your spot, just go to 29dayslater2016.eventbrite.com.

8th Annual 29 Days Later Film Project

  • Cash and prizes valued over $1,000
  • 29 days to make a film: July 27 – August 25, 2016
  • Only $75 team registration by Sunday, 7/24
  • Three free tickets to screening
  • All films screen at Creative Alliance in Baltimore on Sept. 22 and 23, 2016

Also, check out these photos from last year’s kick off!

 

Registration open! Register by 7/13 to get early bird rate

29 Days Later logo -720Registration for the Eighth Annual 29 Days Later Film Project is now open at 29dayslater2016.eventbrite.com! Register by Wednesday, July 13, and save $20 off the late registration fee. As in past years, registration includes three free tickets to screening per team. Registration fees are the same as last year so you can spend more $$$ on your projects. A reminder that kick off will be a little later this year on Wednesday, July 27.

As many of you know, we unexpectedly lost a great friend and guiding light for the festival, Michelle Ann Farrell this past December. This year will not be the same, but let’s make some amazing films in her honor. We will have more about Michelle and the new award to remember her in an upcoming post.

Congrats to all the filmmakers on another great festival!

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Congratulations to Jeff Mikoni and Brad Tehaan of Dropped Frames, who took home the grand prize. Team member Angela Bernhardt had surgery and checked in via iPhone.

A long overdue thanks and congratulations to all the filmmakers who participated in this year’s 29 Days Later Film Project! Here are the top five winning films and teams in case you missed the awards presentation:

  • Enough Said – Dropped Frames, Brad Tehaan (Grand Prize winner, Group B winner)
  • Unconventional Love – TwelveSteed, Joe Cardamone (Second Place Overall)
  • The Rights of Arrogance – Grand Theft Xylophone, Lyle Drescher (Third Place Overall)
  • To You – Miss Ash Productions, Ashleigh Coffelt (Fourth Place Overall, Group A winner)
  • Friends in High Places – Lone Wolf, Cisco Davis (Fifth Place Overall)

Screening Group A awards
Best Directing – Carpathian Punch Factory; Best Cinematography – Miss Ash Productions; Best Editing – Carl’s Basement Productions; Best Acting and Use of Prop – Barkinglips Movies; Best Special Effects – Bladder Productions

Screening Group B awards
Best Directing, Cinematography and Editing – Dropped Frames; Best Acting – Twelvesteed; Best Special Effects – Lone Wolf; Best Use of Prop – Mapleway

Congrats again to our nearly 30 filmmakers and thanks to our wonderful sponsors and everyone who came out to the screenings. We look forward to hosting the 8th Annual 29 Days Later Project next year. Stay tuned for details in Spring 2016!

Come see “Mug-tacular” local films this Thurs. and Fri., Sept. 10 and 11!

Still from Andrew Walen's music video "Talk to Me" starring Genevieve Etheridge and Ali Dash

Still from Andrew Walen’s music video “Talk to Me” starring Genevieve Etheridge and Ali Dash, which will premiere at 29 Days Later.

The 29 Days Later festivities kick off tomorrow! Screening Group A will show their films on Thursday, Sept. 10 and Screening Group B happens on Friday, Sept. 11, both at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Check out our list of teams for each screening night at 29dayslater.com and visit the Creative Alliance web site (no surcharge) or call 410-276-1651 for tickets.

This year’s premieres from talented local filmmakers are mug-tacular – the required prop was a writeable mug! They include movies about a sasquatch, western time travel, a black jeans fetish, a Fells Point doc, a coffee shop romance, a crazy fan, an evil mug, retired twin showgirls, anime conventions, working for the man, misunderstood customers, a rebuilt cop, a cicada saga, a boy’s journey, elitist teens, a news report gone wrong, a love letter, a hot dog in search of love, a botched burglary attempt and a music video premiere!

Past shows have sold out, so don’t delay! Filmmakers, please help us spread the word and let’s pack the Creative Alliance! Doors open at 7 pm and the movie magic begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are ADV: $10 general public, $7 Creative Alliance members. DOOR: $12, $9 mbrs.

Hope to see everyone there and thanks as always for your support!

2015 tickets on sale now; screenings Sept. 10 & 11!

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See defending champ Lone Wolf’s new entry “Friends in High Places” and other awesome entries at this year’s festival!

Tickets are on sale now and we are offering new advanced ticket prices this year for more savings to you! Screening Group A will show their films on Thursday, September 10 and Screening Group B will show their films on Friday, September 11, both at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Check out our list of teams for each screening night at 29dayslater.com and visit the Creative Alliance web site (no surcharge) or call 410-276-1651 for tickets. Doors open at 7 pm and the movie magic begins at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are ADV: $10 general public, $7 Creative Alliance members. DOOR: $12, $9 mbrs.

We’ve got an awesome lineup of film premieres and past shows have sold out, so don’t delay! Filmmakers, please help us spread the word and let’s pack the Creative Alliance!

This year’s prop revealed! And it’s a…

…coffee mug that you can write on! This mug comes with chalk and has a chalkboard-like surface. Can’t wait to see how filmmakers use this in their films! Thanks to everyone who came out to the kick off last week. Nearly 30 teams are participating this year and all films will be screened on Sept. 10 & 11 at the Creative Alliance!

Victor of RKV productions models the 2015 prop!

Victor Acord of RKV Productions models the 2015 prop!

Filmmakers, just a note that gently using a damp cloth works best for erasing the chalkboard surface.  Also, don’t forget our awesome sponsors if you need gear, special effects or music for your film!

We can’t thank them enough for helping to keep registration fees and ticket prices low. Here’s a quick run-down:

  • Absolute Independent Pictures – Our lead sponsor and supporter Michelle provides 29% off gear rental for orders over $300 during the festival. She has a large variety of rentals.
  • Herron Designs – Craig of Herron Designs does some really cool special effects work and has helped many indie filmmakers over the years.
  • Film composer Craig Dayton – Get a professional sounding score for your film at reasonable rates!
  • Creative Alliance – Check out film-related events or book your next screening there.
  • Maryland Film Office – Find lots of filmmaker resources here!

Good luck with your films and don’t hesitate to contact us at 29daysfilm@gmail.com with any questions.

Kick off tomorrow, July 15; not too late to join!

2014screeningsTomorrow, July 15, is the big kick off! Reunite with old filmmaker friends and meet new ones. What will the mystery prop be this year? Will Lone Wolf be able to defend their title? It’s not too late to register online or at the door!

Registration officially starts at 7 pm and the prop will be revealed at approximately 7:30 pm. Feel free to hang around afterwards and have a few drinks – the bar will be open until 9 pm.

Team leaders, please be sure that you have at least one member of your team or a team representative in attendance to sign paperwork, go over rules and pick up the prop. Feel free to bring as many team members and friends as you like — the event is open to the public and the more the merrier! We will also have long-time judge extraordinaire Chuck Duncan explain the scoring system and what judges will be looking for in your films.

Can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow!

Location:

Creative Alliance Marquee Lounge (kick off and drop off)
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

Screening winner cash prizes raised to $200! Last day for regular registration

Screening prize has been increased $200!

Screening winner cash prizes have been increased to $200!

We are pleased to announce that the winner of each screening group will now receive $200 in cash instead of the previous $150! Festival participants will also have the opportunity to win $500 in gear rental, $200 in visual effects services and a film score for their short film.

Also, today is the last day to sign up and receive the regular registration rate. Click here to register!

Finally a warm welcome to returning filmmakers Carl Stevens of Carl’s Basement Productions and Chris Rooney of KazOH!Land.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday, July 15, at the kick off!

One week until the July 15 kick off!

Just one week until the fun begins! Welcome to the nearly 20 teams who are ready to make some films! We’re glad to see a lot of familiar faces and look forward to meeting some new ones. Register now and save $5 off the late registration fee!

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Teams will have the opportunity to win more than $1,000 in cash and prizes including a $500 gear rental credit from Absolute Independent Pictures and the prestigious Judith Rheiner Independent Spirit Award trophy; $200 worth of special effects services from Herron Designs, a free film score for a future short film (under 15 minutes) from film composer Craig Dayton; cash prizes of $150 for the winner of each screening group. Also, we’ll give out certificates for categories such as cinematography and acting. And just like last year, teams will get three free tickets to the screening(s) of their choice, a $36 value.