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7th annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race

It's back!

In partnership with CreativeRush, TFA presents the 7th annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race from June 29-July 1st, 2018. The film race is open to professionals, hobbyists, film enthusiasts and novices who are up for the ultimate creative challenge. #DTTW is presented by Fidelity Bank.

Check out the official Down to the Wire race website for all of the details you need to know, and to register your team for the 7th annual #DTTW starting with our Early Bird registration on Sunday, May 20th. Make sure to use the #DTTW on all social media, so we know you're IN.

Buy your tickets to the Top 10 Showcase now to catch the top films at the Wichta Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, July 1st at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door. Purchase here.

The Rules


  • Your REGISTERED TEAM can consist of ONE (1) to TEN (10) people.
  • Earlybird registration begins on May 20th, 2018 at 10 a.m. CST. Earlybird price is $200 for general teams, $175 for students (teams with 50% of its members or more under the age of 21.)
  • Registration costs will rise the week of the race to $250 per team.
  • ALL content MUST be original and created within the 24 Hour Time Period
  • Films must contain all required elements including any surprise elements
  • Films must be six minutes (06:00) or under from the start of the film to the end of the credits. (excludes Title Card)
  • Films must be submitted with all signed (talent/actor, music, & location releases) by the 24 HR deadline
  • Films must not contain anything pornographic, excessively vulgar, or violent for the sake of violence
  • Teams MUST send ONE Producer & ONE Director to each of the REQUIRED Meetings. (the P/D can be the same person, but must attend both meetings).

*If you or someone from your team breaks one or more rules mentioned above, your team is subject to disqualification.



First Place Grand Prize (Judges Award):

  • $1,000 cash
  • Team TALLPasses to the 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival
  • 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival Official Selection to play during the festival
  • Film screens as part of 2018’s The New York Film Critics Series® (60+ US theaters nationwide)


Best Film – Student Category*(Judges Award):

  • $250 Cash
  • Team receives Weekend Passes to the 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival

*To be considered a student team more than 50% of your team must be under the age of 21.


Audience Award

  • 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival Official Selection
  • Team weekend passes to the 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival


Outstanding Female Led Team (Judges Award)

  • $500 awarded by the Female Filmmakers of Wichita


Second Place (Judges Award)

  • Team receives Weekend Passes to the 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival


Third Place (Judges Award)

  • Team receives Weekend Passes to the 2018 Tallgrass Film Festival


Additional category awards will be handed out at the Showcase including Best Actor/Actress, Cinematography, Costuming, Editing, and more!



Laura Kirk is an award-winning filmmaker with credits as a producer and actor including Andrea Arnold’s American Honey: Cannes 2016, and The Sublime and Beautiful : Slamdance 2014. A veteran on the independent film festival circuit, Kirk co-wrote and starred one of the first digital films: Lisa Picard is Famous: Cannes 2000. It is included in John Gaspard’s book “Fast, Cheap and Under Control ...Lessons Learned from the Greatest Low Budget Movies of All Time.” Kirk began her career on stage in New York off-Broadway and regionally where she was also a teaching artist in homeless shelters and in schools for Dreamyard Drama Project. Laura is a co-founder of the mentoring group “Women of Lawrence Film” where she puts into practice her interests in remedying gender inequity in film. A professor at the University of Kansas, Laura lives with her husband and co-star of The Tree, winner of multiple Best Feature and Audience choice awards, 2017.



Danny recently won "Best Digital Series" for AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: CRASHING THE COURSE at the Reality TV Awards. Other series he directed include Glamour's WHY DO GUYS? and Fox's RECIPES FROM HELL'S KITCHEN. Feature credits include the insane-boyband-zombie-killing-mockbuster DEAD 7 for SyFy and the found footage black comedy SHOTGUN WEDDING from 20th Century Fox. His gross-out but charmingly funny short film DOG LOVERS premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has directed music videos for Nick Carter, Twin Method, and Esthero. While creating content for Funny or Die, Hulu, and Condé Nast, he has also lent his talents to commercial clients such as Starbucks, Fox Sports, Trak Kayaks and Microsoft. Home grown in Wichita, Danny currently lives in Los Angeles.



Jon currently supervises the video production arm of Koch Industries' in-house agency. There he directs, DPs and edits content for digital and broadcast audiences. ‚Äč
He has filmed in various places throughout the world, created for notable brands like Delta, Lexus and The New York Times, and seen work broadcast on a range of networks from the Discovery Channel to CNN. In 2015, Jon DP'd the feature film, Actors Anonymous, starring James Franco & Eric Roberts. He has received four Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Cinematography for his work on the PBS documentary series, Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope. 


Who Races

Anyone! Participants can enter on their own as a team of one or with up to fifteen people.

Student Racers

Elementary, middle, high school and college students are encouraged to participate and past years have included racers from all across the Wichita-metro region from schools including Robinson Middle School, Maize High School, Andover Central High School, Wichita East High School, WSU and KSU, to name just a few. (Student teams receive a registration discount.)

2016 DTTW Winners

The overall winners of the 2016 Down to the Wire race, whose film was featured as part of the New York Film Critics series in over 60 theaters across the country was Team #7, a student team, consisting of children ages 6-15. Watch Invitation To Burn, directed by Levi Feil, below.

To see more films and learn more about the film click here.


This organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita