72 Hour Mind 2 Movie Challenge

Rochester Movie Makers presents The 72 Hour Mind 2 Movie Challenge

The next RMM 72 Hour Mind2Movie Challenge  is
May 19-22, 2016!

Save the date and start building your filmmaking teams now by coming to RMM meeting and networking with others interested in competing in this annual filmmaking event in Rochester, NY!

Sponsored by The Little Theatre and Black Button Distilling.



Here’s how it works

Get your team together and register online. Then, on Thursday, May 19, 2016, you will be assigned your random elements that need to be in your finished short film. You have until Sunday night to finish and compete for cash prizes of $300 (1st place) and $100 (2nd place).

Looking for teammates? Post in our Facebook group, or on our Facebook M2M Event Page

Judges for 2016

To be announced.

Online Registration 

72 Hour M2M Early Bird Registration

Calendar of Events

Early Bird registration ends at 11:59pm on 4/30/2016.

Regular registration ends at 11:59pm on 5/14/2016.

All times are EST.

Assignment Event
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time TBD
The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave, Rochester

Delivery Event
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time TBD
The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave, Rochester

Exhibition and Awards Ceremony
To be held at The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave, Rochester.
Tuesday, May 31, 6 pm.


Vital Info

Producer Forms

  • Producers Agreement
  • Producer Docs (All docs, including releases, rules, and technical specs) COMING SOON

Press Documents

General FAQ

What is the 72 HOUR MIND 2 MOVIE CHALLENGE (72M2M)?

It’s your chance to stop talking and start filming! The premise? Filmmaking teams have just one long weekend to make a short film. All creativity—writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack—must occur in a 72 hour window beginning Thursday evening immediately following the Assignment Event and ending Sunday evening 72 hours later at the Drop Off Event. Once judging is complete, the films are screened to an eager audience.

How much does it cost?

The registration fee is for the entire team.
– Early Bird registration: $65
– Regular registration: $85

The registration fee includes two free tickets to the screenings, which are given to the team leader just before the screening.

What are the films about?

That’s up to the filmmaker; however, all teams will be assigned the same character, prop and line of dialogue that must appear in their film.  Then each team is assigned a random genre.

Who sees the films?

The films screen to local audiences. Of course the filmmakers, actors, family and friends are there to enthusiastically support the premiere of the weekend’s work. But also supporters of the local film community, and discriminating viewers who want to see something new—something raw and alive—are there to feel the creative energy.

Who are the filmmakers?

The 72M2M is open to all filmmakers, pro and novice alike. Rules state that all team members (crew and cast) must be volunteers.

How long are the films?

The films are short; they must be a maximum of 5 minutes long. Short is good. There is no minimum duration.

Where and when are they shown?

Following the completion of judging, the movies are screened at a grand premiere at a local theater in Rochester, NY.  A guaranteed standing-room-only audience of tired, excited filmmakers, crews and friends are in attendance to cheer on the films.

Who judges the films?

We gather a group of judges from a variety of areas – film professionals.

We require these judges to be fair and impartial. Our judges donate their time and talent to select the top film

But no matter how careful we are in selecting our judges, judging itself is extremely subjective. So many times, two regarded critics feel markedly differently about the same film—remember the long debate between Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert about Apocalypse Now; remember Pauline Kael’s ambivalent review of Star Wars. When it comes to evaluating art, a lot comes down to matters of taste.

Technical FAQ

Does the maximum length of the film include credits?

Yes, credits are in the running time.

Please include your credits in the following manner:
At the end of your film fade (or cut) to black.  Then add your credits, which will not exceed 30 seconds in duration. The simplest format is a single black title card with your Team Name and the Team Members listed.

72HM2M personnel will remove this portion for judging. This will preserve anonymity.  The complete film will be shown at the Exhibition Event.

Can I film outside of my 72M2M city?

Absolutely! The only requirements are that you have a representative from your team at the Assignment Event and that you deliver your film to the Delivery Event.  Other than that, it’s up to you.

We’re limited to using two cameras. Does a still camera count? And what about having a back-up camera?

A still camera does not count against the two camera limit. And you may have a third camera on standby in the event that one of your cameras goes down. However, you may not have more than two shooting cameras. (i.e., Two are shooting and a third is set up and ready to go awaiting word that one of the first cameras is finished—this is not allowed.)

I know that stock film and video footage is not permitted. What about stock photos?

If you have the rights to them, then stock photos are permitted. In other words, you may use photos not taken during the 72 hour time period.

Is animation allowed?

Yes. However—while you may use still drawings created in anticipation of the 72M2M —you may not use animations created ahead of time. That is, all “inbetweening” must be done during the 72 hour time period. Downloading existing images and 3D objects is permissible, provided that you have full and permanent rights to them. Again, only animation created during the 72 hour period is allowed. And, as with a live action film, you must have all rights to the animation you submit.

What about special effects? What’s allowed?

You may use special effects that involve any of the allowed elements: still photographs, footage shot during the 72 hours, or footage rendered during the 72 hours. However, special effects that involve footage not shot during the 72 hours are prohibited. Some examples: Final Cut Pro’s Cloud filter would be allowed, but Digital Juice’s Smoke Revealers would not.

Should we shoot in HD? Should we shoot in widescreen? Should we use surround sound?

See the 2016 Submission Technical Specifications.

Does every team member have to sign the Producer’s Agreement?

No, only the Producer needs to sign it (and turn it in at the Assignment Event). However, everyone who works on the film must sign the Waiver and Release form.

May we use SAG performers in our film?

Yes, but more paperwork is required. It is your responsibility to comply with all rules and regulations related to SAG performers.

If we are working with someone out of state, can they fax or email us the release form?

Yes, but you must provide us the paper release before your film shows.

We want to use public domain or royalty-free music or photographs. What do we do about the Music Release Form or the Materials Release Form?

Have the person who has the rights to the music or materials sign the release form. In the case of royalty-free materials, this is the person who purchased them. In the case of public domain materials, this could be anyone on the team. Please also include documentation that shows your rights to the music or materials, such as a license, a purchase receipt, or a statement by the author.
Also, if the item requires specific crediting, include that on your Team Roster form.  Note: You may only use materials if the license granted to you allows for all forms of distribution.

Do I need a Location Release to shoot on public property?

No, but you may need a permit. We do not require you to prove to us that you received a permit, but you may be stopped from shooting or even fined if you do not have one.