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Little Hollywood Shootout kicks off March 11 at high noon

The fifth annual “Little Hollywood Shootout” will kick off at Parry Lodge at high noon on Wednesday, March 11.


The unmistakable landscape found in the Kanab area has made this part of southern Utah a favorite destination for filmmakers since the 1920s. In line with this great filmmaking tradition, the fifth annual “Little Hollywood Shootout” kicks off at the historic Parry Lodge in Kanab, Utah, on Wednesday, March 11. The “shootout” is a quick-turnaround film challenge requiring filmmakers to produce a short film with Kane County locations as the backdrop.

At high noon, film production requirements, such as locations and a theme, will be revealed to participants. Competitors will then have 51.5 hours to write, direct, edit and complete a five-minute film. Film submissions are due at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13. The shootout films will be premiered at a community screening and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 14, at the Crescent Moon Theater in Kanab. 

“The shootout has become the Thunderdome of quick turnaround film challenges, and not only does it build on the film heritage of southern Utah in Kanab, but provides aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to work in the same place where film legends like John Ford and Clint Eastwood also worked,” explained Kane County Film Commissioner Kelly Stowell, one of the organizers and founder of the event. “We look forward to the competition, and the film teams are going to love what we have planned this year,” commented Stowell.

Prospective filmmakers of all ages from beginners to veterans are invited to take part in the challenge. Primary filming locations are required to take place in Kane County and editing and post-production can take place at the participants desired location. Two divisions are available for participants; one category intended for novice filmmakers of all ages looking to gain experience and the other division is designed for competitors who have experience in film production. 

Films are due at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, and can be turned in through a revealed online medium or films can be submitted in person back at the Parry Lodge at the time of the deadline. The Little Hollywood Education Series will be offered after the main competition ends and before the award ceremony on March 14, with several education seminars, workshops, a historic movie set tour, and networking events. 

“In addition to the film competition, and building on the success of last year’s workshops, we are happy to offer educational seminars once again,” said Nathan Riddle, co-organizer of the event. Riddle also said, “the Little Hollywood Education Series brings additional value through education and network opportunities for participants.”

Sponsors of the event include AT&T, Kane County Office of Tourism and Film Commission, Center for Education, Business and the Arts, Kanab City, Utah Film Commission, Reel School, and IAPFilms. “We appreciate our sponsors and this event would not be possible without them, especially AT&T, who has made a tremendous contribution to the shootout,” said Nathan Riddle. “The education seminars are free and open to anyone interested in learning to make films or hone their skills” stated Riddle.

Festivities of the Little Hollywood Shootout conclude with film premieres and an awards ceremony taking place at Kanab’s Crescent Moon Theater, showcasing all submitted films on the evening of Saturday, March 14, starting at 6:30 pm. Community members and participants are strongly encouraged and invited to attend. For more information about the Little Hollywood Shootout or to register your team, visit or call 435-899-0443.

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