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The 5×5 for Life Filmmaker Competition

What We’re Doing:

Hand-in-hand with the annual Life Fest Film Festival, which accepts submission of already finished films, we also host a filmmakers’ challenge called the 5×5 for Life.  It is an international competition in which student, hobbyist, independent and professional filmmakers from all over the world work to create their own 3 to 5 minute film within a specified 5 day period.  All creativity, i.e. writing, shooting, editing and all post production work, must occur within that five day period.  A selection of the best entries will be screened as part of Life Fest.

The Competition Parameters:

Teams must be registered ahead of time. On the first night (typically a date in early April at 7pm PDT), teams are given a character name, a prop and a line of dialogue that must appear in their film. Teams then have 5 days to complete a film in the genre of their own choosing: sci-fi, drama, romantic comedy, horror, western, musical, or other (no porn!), with the caveat that the movie must convey the intrinsic worth of a human life. Completed films must be submitted back to Life Fest by the deadline (11:59 PM of the 5th day), and qualifying films are recognized as “finalists” and presented on the big screen at a Hollywood venue as part of Life Fest Film Festival.

Who Can Participate?

The 5×5 for Life is an international competition open to filmmakers of all levels of expertise, i.e. students, hobbyists, and professionals anywhere in the world. From wherever you are in the world, this is your shot at getting a 5 minute “foot in the door” to Hollywood!

What Prizes Can You Win?

ALL 5×5 for Life FINALISTS get their film screened at Life Fest Film Festival in Hollywood, with exposure to producers, directors, writers, and distributors, folks who know the industry and are looking for talent. Special Recognition Awards include:  Audience Favorite, Cinematography, Editing, Screenplay (use of props and lines, etc.), Acting, and Best Overall Production. Awards are presented at Life Fest’s closing Awards Gala. PLUS, winners in each category may receive special invitations for a closed-session, studio meeting with producers from a Hollywood film studio.

How Do You Register to Participate?

Registration for the annual 5×5 for Life Filmmakers’ Challenge is already open and closes at noon on April 25th. 

Tickets will be available soon! Please email with your interest and we will let you know as soon as tickets are available to be purchased.


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