72 Film Fest is a test

Filmmakers are given only three days to complete project

Filmmakers are given only three days to complete project

October 09, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

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FREDERICK, Md. -- Making a film in three days seems a little more challenging once you toss the element of surprise onto the pile.

But that's the point. The 72 Film Fest is supposed to be hard.

"It's really difficult," said founder and organizer Jason Streff. "It's, honestly, 72 hours of no sleep at all. You push your body to the limit. You're out of your mind writing these things, trying to edit them and direct things. It's amazing if you can get it done on time."

The 72 Film Fest is a filmmaking contest where entrants have 72 hours to write, direct and edit a film based on secret criteria, which they learn just before the 72-hour time frame begins.


Films will be screened Friday and Saturday at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Finalists will be announced at the Friday-night screening. Top films will be shown Saturday, said founder and organizer Clark Kline.

"There's a lot of venues for art. There's a lot of venues for music. There's a lot of venues for other artists in and around the Frederick area. But there's not a lot of local venues for filmmakers," Kline said. "This is one place where filmmakers can all come out and show off their stuff, all under one roof and all under one sitting."

As the 72 Film Fest enters its third year, the criteria grows tougher, Kline said. This year, filmmakers had to base their films off of the first lines from literature. The clock started ticking after the launch party ended Thursday, Oct. 2.

Dave Termini, 58, of Ijamsville, Md., entered last year, when filmmakers had to make movies based on proverbs. His theme last year?

"In times of great danger, you're allowed to cross the bridge with the devil" and "Bulgaria," Termini said.

"We worked three days without sleep and came up with a nice movie. We didn't win anything but we had fun," he said.

This year, Kline said, 35 filmmakers had signed up. Only 29 teams turned in films on time.

Last year's winner, Mike Yamrus, 26, of Frederick, said he's hoping for a repeat victory this year.

"The hardest part is probably getting organized, getting your criteria, and determining what you want to make out of it," Yamrus said.

Rick Rodriguez, 25, of Frederick, entered the contest this year for the first time. He's not worried about the three-day timetable. He said he and his friends post random movies on YouTube.

"They're getting more creative as time passes because I'm getting more familiar with Windows Movie Maker and the software we're using and we've got a much nicer camera now that we're doing this competition," Rodriguez said. "My expectations are reasonably high."

If you go ...

WHAT: 72 Film Fest

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11. All entries will be shown Friday. Highest judged entries, audience favorites and film-festival shorts will be shown Saturday.

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Md.

COST: $10, single tickets; $17 for both days.

MORE: Go to for more information.

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