The 29 Days Later Film Project, now in its eighth year, gives filmmakers extra motivation to make a film and get their projects completed in front of a screened audience. Whereas some competitions are geared toward super-fast creation of a film, the 29 Days Later Project gives filmmakers of all abilities, from beginner to pro, additional time to complete and polish their work.

Registration is now open! Click here to register.

Linkwater Films and Bladder Productions represent at the 29 Days Later kick off.

Andrew Felix of Linkwater Films and Stephen DeCubellis of Bladder Productions at the first 29 Days Later kick off.

Awards include $300 cash prize and the Judith Rheiner Independent Spirit Award trophy for the festival winner; the Michelle Ann Farrell Award for Innovation ($100); $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 $200 for the winner of each screening group and certificates for categories such as cinematography and acting. A panel of judges will be responsible for naming the top films.

Kick off:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 7 p.m, (doors open 6:30) Baltimore, MD, Creative Alliance. At least one member of each team must be available to get prop and register.

Drop off:
Thursday, August 25, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Baltimore, MD, Creative Alliance. Teams must submit films at this time. Teams will have a 29 minute grace period, but films in after 7:59 p.m. may not be eligible for awards and are at risk of not being screened. If you would like to submit your film early, please email us at to arrange drop off.

A sold-out 29 Days Later screening at the Creative Alliance.

A sold-out 29 Days Later screening at the Creative Alliance.

There will be two screenings on September 22 & 23, 2016 at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Check out our list of teams for each screening night and visit the Creative Alliance web site or call 410-276-1651 for tickets. Each team will receive three free tickets when they turn in their completed movie. We will try our best to accommodate a team’s screening night if they have a preference.

Some other film competitions are charging up to $175 per team; we are only asking a small fee to help us cover our expenses, prizes and time. Our 2016 team registration rates are the same as last year: $60 for early bird registration by July 13, $75 for regular registration by July 24 and $80 for late registration after July 24 and at the door. Each team will be entitled to three free tickets to the screening group of their choice.

Get your 29 Days Later merchandise here!

Get your 29 Days Later merchandise here!

Stay tuned to learn about upcoming discounts associated with 29 Days Later.

Film details:
Film must be completed in 29 days and use a prop that we provide at the kickoff (it does not have to be the focus of the film). Films should be 4 to 9 minutes (you may add one additional minute of credits if desired). Your film must also include this 29 Days Later title card in 1080 or 720 format (right click and select “save link as” to download) at the beginning or end of your film. Also, we ask that you do not post your film online or screen it until after its grand premiere at the 29 Days Later Film Project.

Preferred Format
Films will be shown via a an HD projector. Preferred format is an exported HD file (if shot in HD): for example M2TS, M2T, M2V, MOV, MP4, AVC, AVI, WMV – whatever the best possible quality is. This should be burned on a data DVD. If you do not have a DVD burner, a flash drive is acceptable (preferably formatted to be read by a PC). We are also requesting a backup Blu-Ray disc or DVD for playback in case something goes wrong with the original file. Note: Media will not be returned.

Filmmakers own the rights to their films and may submit in film festivals or look for distribution. We are only asking for the right to use still frames for promotional materials. Your film may also appear on our web site, or in a 29 days later online site compilation or DVD if you grant us permission.

Please contact organizers Dawn Campbell or Dean Storm at

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