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On the First Friday of each month comedians Bridgitte Thum and Mike Sterner host The Loft’s monthly short film contest where local filmmakers bring their short films and are played on the largest movie screen in Southern Arizona!
In case you’ve never been to a First Friday Shorts show, here are the rules:
We’ll play any short film, music video or short documentary that you’ve made that’s under 15 minutes long and is brought to us on a thumb drive (One film per person, drives need to be in by 8pm. We do not accept commercials or advertisements). Submissions are only taken on the day of the event. All films are played in the order they’re received. Every film is guaranteed to play for 3 minutes, but after that the audience can call for the dreaded “gong” if they’re displeased. If the gong is struck, our intrepid host stops the film and the next movie begins. But don’t despair … if your film is gonged, you can re-work it and bring it back to see if the changes you’ve made have pleased the audience. This is a great way for filmmakers to try out new ideas and see how an actual audience responds, so take advantage. You cannot submit the same film more than once unless it has been re-worked. Remember, the audience decides the winner each and every month, so keep them happy! Filmmaker must be in attendance to win the cash prize. We reserve the right not to screen any short film for any reason.