In the finest tradition of Old Western films, and in Utah’s “Little Hollywood,” where many of those movies were made, there will be a shootout at high noon on March 14 in the small Utah city of Kanab.

The shooting will not be done with guns, but with movie cameras, in the second annual “Little Hollywood Shootout,” a quick-turnaround short-film competition in and around the Kanab area from March 14-16.

Aspiring filmmakers young and old, from the very beginner to the seasoned hobbyist, are invited to the competition to create, from start to finish, a motion-picture film in only 49.5 hours.

“Short-film competitions like this are becoming really popular in some places, but it’s pretty unique for a little community like Kanab. We’ve adapted it for Kanab to be based around Little Hollywood,” said Kelly Stowell, Executive Director of the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA), the primary sponsor of the event.

“The Shootout is designed to give aspiring filmmakers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shoot and produce short films on sites used in such feature films as The Outlaw Josie Wales and Planet of the Apes,” Stowell said.

Prior to the competition beginning at noon on March 14, competition organizers will reveal the theme, locations, props and other requirements to filmmakers. From noon, competitors will have 49.5 hours to write, shoot and direct, edit and finish a five-minute film.

A screening of all films will be held at Kanab High School on March 17, the day after the final day of competition, beginning at 7 p.m., when the winners of the competition’s three categories will be announced.

The categories are:

•Targeted Promotion – For filmmakers with some experience. Their films must brand Kane County as a scenic destination. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, camera and lighting rentals, and the opportunity to have their film broadcast during an episode of At Your Leisure, an outdoors/adventure television program. Cash prizes will be awarded for second and third places.

•Freestyle Open – Intended for novice and beginning filmmakers of all ages. The First Place winner will receive a $500 cash prize, with second the third places receiving cash awards also.

•Education – Specifically for students, who need not shoot their films in Kane County to participate, but films must be submitted by the March 16 deadline, and the first, second and third place winning teams must be present at the March 17 screening. (Those interested in this category should call Stowell at (435) 899-0443 for details.)

The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area (MPNHA) is proud to encourage people to enter the competition as a way to promote the rich heritage of Kanab City and Kane County.

In the heyday of Western films, Kanab and its Kane County environs was a popular filming location, leading to its “Little Hollywood” nickname. More than 200 films have been shot in the area, which is again seeing a little of a film-industry boom. Disney Pictures film John Carter, opening in theatres on March 9, was filmed primarily in Kane County.

The significance of the film industry in the area is recognized by the Little Hollywood Movie Museum and Trading Post in a replica Western movie set at the end of Kanab’s Center Street.

“The MPNHA is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, marketing, and promoting the heritage of the pioneers, who played a major role in the colonization of the western United States,” said Monte Bona, MPNHA’s Executive Director. “Kanab and Kane County were settled by those pioneers, and since then have played an important role in preserving and commemorating, through film, the folklore and legacy of the American Old West those pioneers helped establish.”

More details, including rules, regulations and an entry form, is available at the competition’s website, For more information, visit the website or contact Kelly Stowell at (435) 899-0443 or