Calling All Local Filmmakers

What is the 3-Day Film Challenge?

An opportunity for filmmakers throughout the Bay Area to put teams together, craft a short film and then screen it as part of the San Jose International Short Film Festival with the cast, crew, family & friends in attendance. All films must be a min of 3 minutes & not exceed 6 minutes in length.

Volunteer Teams will have three days to cast, shoot and edit a film – starting on a Friday and returning a finished project by Monday each year. In advance of the weekend, teams can select members, find actors, prepare equipment and shooting locations. All actual production from shooting to post production MUST BE completed during the Film Challenge Weekend.

Challengers will have a chance to watch their films screen during the San Jose International Short Film Festival.

The 3 Day Film Challenge will return in 2018.

Register your team

Registration is Closed, the 3 Day Film Challenge will return in 2018.

All actual production from shooting to post production MUST BE completed during the Film Challenge Weekend.

How it works

The first thing you need to do is start thinking of a team name, call your filmmaker friends and be sure to open up your schedule for the designated weekend.

Once you are ready to go, click the link and register your team by paying your entry fee. Once you make the payment, you will be directed to a Registration Page to submit your team name and team leader’s name/contact info.

NOTE: In advance you can secure locations, equipment, crew & cast members.

Launch Event

Join us for the film elements reveal

It all starts with our Launch Event the evening on Friday in San Jose - the doors will open at 6:30pm, then at 7pm we will go over all the rules and begin the selection of genres. Each team representative will pick a random envelope that has an Official Holiday Genre Card that should be the basis of your film. They will also get an Element Card with three elements - one of which will need to be used in the film. At 7:30pm teams will begin to make a short film in just 72 hours, all films are due back at the Launch location no later than 7:30pm on Monday - a thumbdrive will be provided to each team (formatted as ExFat - good on Mac or PC) for your film to be delivered on.

3 Day Film Challenge - Official Rules

A. ELIGIBILITY: The 3 Day Film Challenge (“3DFC”) is open to all and will be held in San Jose, California, based on registration requirements.  Minors participating in the 3DFC must have the approval of parents or guardians.  Individuals that are employees with the advertisers, promoters, Emerging Artist Productions and affiliated sponsor companies may participate in the event, but will NOT be eligible for ANY prizes.  Void where prohibited by law.

B. REGISTER YOUR TEAM: Entrance into the 3 Day Film  Challenge is easy,  just follow the instructions found on the home page ( Space is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.  Regular Registration is $125.00 and late registration is $150 the last week prior to the launch event.

C. EVENT PERIOD: The 3 Day Film Challenge will commence on a Friday at 7:30pm and end on the following Monday at 7:30pm, as announced on the 3 Day Film Challenge website.  The current event will commence on Dec 1st, 2017.

D. REFUNDS:  If a team leader (“Challenger”) must withdraw from the 3 day Film Challenge, refunds will be paid based on the following criteria: “Challenger” notifies the “3DFC” in writing no less than 15 days before the competition – for a full refund.   No refunds for any teams beyond the 15 day period, whether or not they choose to compete.  All refunds will be paid within 3 days of written notiification.

E. ASSOCIATED COSTS: Rental equipment, reimbursed fees for materials used  and all production costs associated with the “Challenger’s” film are solely the responsibility of the participating parties. No reimbursements are intended or implied by the “3DFC”, its sponsors or associates.

F. AGREEMENT & WAIVERS: As a condition of participation, each team will be required to submit a Team Leader’s Agreement that will need to be turned in with the finished film, this will include a crew and talent roster.  Agreements will be provided at the Kick-off event and online at – participants under the age of 18 will also need to submit a parent’s or guardian’s signature on your behalf.  Waivers for Talent, Location and Music will be provided to team leaders at the Kickoff event and must be signed and submitted with the finished film in order to be screened and considered for eligible prizes.  No prizes will be awarded without proper paperwork turned in at drop off, without exceptions.

H. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:  At the Kickoff event, “Challengers” will receive specific information that must be included in their film, additionally each team will select a genre & element card. Each genre card will have a specific sci-fi sub-genre listed for that team. It is up to the sole discretion of each teams to determine how best to incorporate that sub-genre and at least one of the three elements must be clearly visible in the film.  Each team will be given exactly 3 days to make a short film “Entry”and deliver a digital version back to the Kickoff location.  *See the deliver guidelines for specific rules on delivery.

I. TERMS OF SUBMISSION:  By submitting an “Entry” into this competition, each team warrants and represents that all rights to their “Entry” are owned fully and completely by the “Challenger”and that by entering into the “3DFC” that all materials, including without limitations, and video and/or digital recordings, performances and music contained within this “Entry” with the exception of any digital assets that were provided by “3DFC” for use by “Challengers” in connection with the events, is exclusively owned by the “Challenger”.  Each “Challenger” further agrees that they have obtained required permissions from each person to participate as part of the “3DFC” and holds both The San Jose International Short Film Festival, Emerging Artist Productions, Cineasts theater and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, sponsors or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Challenge Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the “Challenge Indemnitees” due to or arising out of the “Challenger’s” Entry materials in the event, or the Entrant’s conduct during and in connection with this Challenge, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the San jose International Short Film Festival, Emerging Artist Productions and Cinearts theater from any and all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of the “3DFC” or the “Challenger” infringes on the rights of Entrant’s work as contained in any Entry.

J. RIGHTS: All rights to each “Entry” will remain the full an complete ownership of the “Challenger” – non-exclusive rights are granted to “3DFC” in order to present, promote and perpetuate the event in perpetuity.  PLEASE NOTE: “Challengers” may NOT distribute the completed film in it’s entirety online in any form, PRIOR to the screening event on Oct 23rd, 2016 at 8pm.

K. QUALIFYING YOUR ENTRY:  Entries that do not include all required information and adhere to the foregoing and following requirements will be considered void and will not be considered in this event.  Reasonable attempts will be made to rectify any technical/administrative concern, but it is up to the “Challenger” to adhere to the requirements.

L. LEADERSHIP: If any group of individuals elects to collaborate on an “Entry”, they are required to designate one (1) person as the agent of the group to enter the “3DFC”, agree to these Official Rules, sign the Team Leader’s Agreement and accept the prize on behalf of the group. Neither Emerging Artist Productions nor any of the “Challengers” are liable for any disputes between collaborators arising out of or related to the “3DFC”.

M. SELECTION: Each film will be judged on multiple areas of expertise, with two cash awards going to Best Film and an audience award.  Certificates of notice for Best Screenplay, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Directing will be given out at the screening event. Entries will be judged by a process in which a qualified panel of judges “Judges” will evaluate each eligible “Entry” and award a score for each category.  A tally of all collected points will determine the winners, in the event of a tie, an additional point will be granted to entries that were turned in earliest breaking that tie.  “Challengers” agree that Emerging Artist Productions and the “Judges” have the sole right to decide all disputes and matters in association to the judging process and that all decisions by Emerging Artist Productions are final and binding.

N. GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating, “Challengers” agree to these Official Rules which are final and binding in all respects.

O. LIMITATIONS: Liability & Release – Absolutely no liability or responsibility is assumed by”Challenge Indemnitees”, it’s assigns, sponsors, officers or participating volunteers as resulting from the “Challengers” participation or attempt to participate in the “3DFC”. Furthermore, the SJSFF, Emerging Artist Productions and CineArts theater are not responsible for any typographical errors in announcements and on the website or official rules in regard to the event. By participating n the “3DFC” each “Challenger” agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Emerging Artist Productions and the “Challenge Indemnitees” from and against any and all liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, claims, demands, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses and disbursements (including Attorney Costs) of any kind or nature whatsoever which may at any time be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against any such Indemnitee in any way relating to or arising out of or in connection with the 3 Day Film Challenge.

P. WINNERS: Winning films will be announced at the end of the Screening and posted on, their respective sights and used to promote the event.  Checks will be made out to the team leader for any awards, awards not claimed within 30 days are forfeit.

Q. Each team will receive two Sunday passes to all films screening on Dec 9th as part of the SJSFF. They are transferable to any member of the team. Discounted team tickets will be available as well.

Q. CHALLENGE PRODUCER: Emerging Artist Productions LLC, 1346 The Alameda, Suite 7-329, San Jose CA  95126