12th Annual 3-Minute Film Festival


3 Minute Film festival returns in 2021! We are accepting submissions of films ranging from 15 seconds to 3 minutes in length and, this year, in only four genres which include horror, animation, narrative and experimental.

Directors of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to apply!

Submission Guidelines

We are accepting submissions of horror, animation, narrative, and experimental films ranging from 15 seconds to 3 minutes in length. Films may be any style (B&W, super saturated technicolor, 1920s grainy style, animation, stop-motion, high-def), any technology (shoot it on a fancy camera, a thrift store find, or your iPhone), any level (beginner to expert) and any age (directors ages 5 to 100) – are all encouraged and accepted. Please note: preference will be given to filmmakers with a Nevada connection (current or former residents, those with a personal tie to the state, etc). 

Here’s the deal:
1. Make a film
2. Format it as a .MOV or .MP4 file and upload to Dropbox, WeTranfser, Google Drive,  or similiar, or save onto a thumb drive.
4. Fill out the application – available here: 3-Minute Film Application Form
5. Email the download link or drop off/mail USB drives to: info@hollandreno.org or to Holland Project (140 Vesta Street, Reno, 89502) by the deadline which is September 30, 2021.

The Rules:
-films must not represent or have racist, sexist, homophobic/transphobic or otherwise hateful content or messaging
-no PSA’s or commercials/advertisements
-films must be turned in by deadline (judging takes place the next day!) and must include the application form

DEADLINE: THURS 09/30/21 (end of day)

The top selections will screen at a public location, in-person, in Reno, Nevada. Killer prizes (including $$$, gift certificates, rad film books, special screenings and more) will be given to the Jury Award Winners and the Audience Award Winners in each category!

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MUSIC! We encourage you to use licensed music, creative commons/public domain music, or get permission for your scores. There are a ton of local artists and bands that have agreed to donate music or score your film, which is super cool! Just check out THIS LIST (last updated in 2016) and contact the band/artist directly.

Top selections will screened in October 2021, date and location TBA.