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Take 36: A 36 Hour Film Competition

Tallgrass Film Association is preparing for TAKE 36: A 36 Hour Film Competition presented by Emprise Bank held June 28-30th, 2019 in downtown Wichita.


The competition is open to professionals, film enthusiasts, first-time filmmakers and students of all ages who are up for the ultimate creative challenge. Anyone with an interest in filmmaking at any level is welcome to compete.

This weekend long event tasks 36 teams with creating an original short film in 36 hours, while incorporating random elements to create wholly original content. Teams must write, shoot and edit a short film (up to 6 minutes) within the span of 36 hours.

Registration is $225 with a discounted rate of $200 for student teams. Any team with more than 50% of its participants under the age of 21 is eligible for the discounted rates. They are only acception 36 teams in the competition.

The weekend will finish off with a public exhibition of the work showcased on Sunday night at the Orpheum Theatre. The top 10 selections along with a few honorable mentions will be screened.

There are several awards up for grabs including cash prizes, selected by a panel of judges comprised of industry professionals.

GRAND PRIZE (Judges Award):

  • $1,500 Cash
  • Official Selection at the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival
  • All-access TALLPasses to the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival

SECOND PLACE (Judges Award):

  • $1,000 Cash
  • Platinum All-Access weekend passes to the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival

THIRD PLACE (Judges Award):

  • $500 Cash
  • Platinum All-Access weekend passes to the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival


  • $500 Cash
  • Platinum All-Access weekend passes to the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival
  • Invitation to an invite-only filmmaker mixer hosted by the Tallgrass Film Advisory Board at the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival.


  • $500 Cash
  • Platinum All-Access weekend passes to the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival


  • Platinum All-Access weekend passes to the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival
  • Official Selection at the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival

Festival pass prizes for secondary awards including: cinematography, editing, costume design, ensemble cast, acting, directing and more.

Films will be judged live at the Top 10 Showcase. Tickets for the showcase, hosted on Sunday, June 30th at 7 p.m. at the Wichita Orpheum Theatre, will be available online beginning June 1st for $10, or at the door for $12.


Meet the TAKE36 Judges 

Christopher Good
Christopher wrote and directed the 2019 short film Crude Oil, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was recently selected to be part of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour. He has directed music videos for Mitski, KEVIN MORBY, Waxahatchee, Joyce Manor, and many more.
Lonita Cook
Lonita is a film critic in Kansas City who contributes to BetterKC on KCTV5 News Kansas City , In Kansas City Magazine and Trailer Park web series. She serves on the board of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage foundation, volunteers with the Film Society KC and Sundance, and is the co-designer of the Kansas City Women in Film & TV Workshop Series.
Joe Robertson
Joe Robertson is creative director for Koch Industries Inc. and leads the in-house creative and video capabilities of Koch Communications Marketing, which produces content across print, digital, broadcast platforms and beyond. In his eleven years at Koch, Robertson has seen the team grow from a design capability to the largest communication, marketing, and public relations organization in Wichita. Before joining Koch, Robertson worked at a several advertising and creative agencies working for banking, healthcare, minor league baseball, and a variety of food and hospitality clients. Robertson was part of the team that helped launch the Tallgrass Film Festival and is now an active board member.

Competition Rules- FILMMAKING RULES

These rules apply to each participating group/production team.

The TAKE 36 Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the Official Time Period.

Below are the Official Film making Rules for the competition.

A. Times

TAKE 36 will occur between Friday, June 28th, 7pm local time and the following Sunday June 30th 7am local time. This is the Official 36 Hour Time Period (This may vary slightly depending on when the kickoff meeting ends. Official end time will be provided at the meeting.) A mandatory Kickoff meeting will take place from 6-7pm on Friday the 28th. Your Main Film Contact/ Team Leader is required to attend. The participating group/team must complete its film/video work in time to deliver it to the Tallgrass Film Association (TFA) Office, on Sunday by 7:00am.

TFA will be adhering to the World Clock as the official time indicator.

Only works that meet the deadline will be considered for the Showcase and prizes.

B. Creative Process

All creativity must take place during the Official 36 Hour Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to: ● Writing the script ● Rehearsing ● Costume/Set Design ● Shooting ● Editing ● Sound Design ● Rendering ● Outputting to tape or other media

C. Preparation

The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is: ● Organizing Crew ● Organizing Cast ● Securing Equipment ● Scouting/Securing Locations

D. Footage

All footage must be shot within the Official 36 Hour Time Period. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the Official Time Period. No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used unless the footage is part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official 36 Hour Time Period. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chroma keyed backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed. Pre-made sequences or compositions that are available to all via purchase or download are permitted if a majority of frames contain content (e.g., text or images) created within the Official 36 Hour Time Period. The pre-made portion of the sequence may not include people or other performers. Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the Official 36 Hour Time Period; however, stills created outside of the Official 36 Hour Time Period may not be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion.

E. Kickoff Event

Each participating team must have ONE representative (ONLY ONE) at the official TAKE 36 Kickoff Event. ● At the event, each team must submit a complete Team Leader's Agreement, signed by its team leader. A team may not participate without submitting this agreement.

F. Required Elements

Each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film. To qualify as an Official Entry, each team's film must contain all required elements within the official time limit and prior to the credits. TFA staff will review the elements and rules of element inclusion at the time of dispersion.

G. Volunteers

All cast and crew must be volunteers.

H. Animal Safety

Animal safety, like cast and crew safety, is an important part of TAKE 36. Films that result in the death or mutilation of an animal will be disqualified.

I. Cameras

Any type of video or film camera may be used. There is no limit to the number of cameras.

J. Music Rights

Participating groups are encouraged to work with a composer and/or musicians to write and record music for the films. It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them. Note: Song parodies (i.e., use of identifiable pre-existing compositions with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition's rights holder. This rule applies without regard to whether the song parody arguably constitutes "fair use" under US or international copyright law.

K. Total Running

Time The finished film must not be longer than 6 minutes, including end credits. This does not include the required opening title card and black screen leaders. In other words, the official running time begins after the required slates.

L. Required Film Slates

Pre-film Required Slates Before the finished film begins, the media should have... ● 5 seconds of black ● 10 seconds featuring a title card with: director, team number, title, required elements After the credits- ● 5 seconds of black Your film must follows this format. TFA will provide the file for a pre-made title card template for you to easily input your information pre-film.

N. Required Media Formats

For complete submission requirements, check the official rules. your film must be submitted on the following media: Your film’s media file MUST be: ● Self-contained (that is, without references or links to other movie files) ● Quicktime H.264 (.mp4) ● HD 1080p ■ Without proprietary codecs (that is, no Avid or Final Cut Pro codec ● Be sure that your Quicktime H.264 has audio! ■ AAC with the High/Best quality! YOU MUST LABEL YOUR MEDIA FILE: TEAM##_FilmName.mp4

O. Submission Notes

We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.) ● All films received within the allotted 36 hour time limit will be considered by prescreeners and judges but are not guaranteed a screening at the showcase. ● All participating teams will receive a brief summary of feedback from the TFA programming team within one-week post-competition.

P. Production Documents

Each team must secure releases for talent, crew, music and locations (and any other applicable releases), which must be turned in to TAKE 36 organizers with the finished film/video. The film/video could be disqualified without the necessary complete release forms. ● Release forms will be made available at the kick-off meeting.

Q. Certification Statement

Each main film contact must sign the participation agreement on behalf of their team, certifying adherence to all Official Rules.

R. Eligibility

To be eligible for the Project, Entries must be the original work of the Entrant; must not infringe third-party's rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the Entrant and/or TAKE 36). Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by TAKE 36, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. TAKE 36 reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible. TAKE 36 reserves the right to refuse to screen a film or to make an announcement at the screening regarding the content of the film.

S. No Pre-Screening Distribution

The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to the TAKE 36 “BEST OF” showcase screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for groups of anyone other than the team.

T. Official Film Entry

To be certified as an Official Film Entry, each participating group's film/video production must follow all rules herein. The TAKE 36 Organizers reserve the right to screen only certified Official Film Entries.

U. Entries Not Returned

No Entries (media or documents) will be returned.

V. Disqualification

TAKE 36 may, in their sole discretion, disqualify Entries deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant.

W. Official Winners

All completed films are eligible to compete for First place, Second Place, Third Place, Audience Award Winner, and other applicable categories. Best Student Film is eligible for teams with over half their cast/crew under the age of 21. Verification on registration form will be required. Best Female led team is eligible only to teams with a female director.


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