The 29 Days Later Film Project, now in its ninth 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.

Come to our kick off on August 2, 2017 pick up your prop, make your film and turn it in 29 days later on August 31. All films will be screened on Sept. 14 (get your tickets here!) at the Creative Alliance.

Sorry, registration is closed for this year!

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 a $300 cash grand prize and the Judith Rheiner Independent Spirit Award trophy for the festival winner; the Michelle Ann Farrell Award for Innovation, and certificates for categories such as cinematography, directing and acting. More prizes for second and third place to be announced. A panel of judges will be responsible for naming the top films.

Kick off:
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 7 pm (doors open 6:00 pm). Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21224. At least one member of each team must be available to get the prop and register.

Drop off (online):
NEW FORMAT!: Thursday, August 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Teams are encouraged to drop off their films online and submit via Dropbox or Google Drive (attendance not necessary). If you cannot submit online, we will meet at the Cardinal Tavern (901 S. Clinton Street, Baltimore, MD 21224) for physical media submissions via DVD data disc or flash drive (see Preferred Format section for more info). Teams will have a 29 minute grace period, but films not received after 7:59 p.m. may not be eligible for awards and are at risk of not being screened. Feel free to submit your film early online in case technical issues arise.


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 one screening on ThursdaySeptember 14, 2017 at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Click here or call 410-276-1651 for tickets. Each team will receive three free tickets when they turn in their completed movie. We will announce all of the awards at the end of the screening!

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 2017 team registration rates are: $65 for early bird registration by July 16, $75 for regular registration by July 26 and $85 for late registration after July 26 and at the door. Each team will be entitled to three free tickets to the screening group of their choice.

Vintage 29 Days Later shirt

Vintage 29 Days Later shirt

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; the prop does not have to be the focus of the film. Films must be 4 to 9 minutes (including credits). Shorter films within the range are encouraged if possible due to the number of films that will be screening in one night!

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 at least one week 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 submitted online via Dropbox or Google Drive to If you are unable to submit online, please burn 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). 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/Blu-Ray if you grant us permission.

Please contact organizer Dean Storm at


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