The “Little Hollywood Shootout” quick turnaround film production competition concluded March 16, with more than 60 competitors vying for cash, prizes, trophies, and bragging rights as the top filmmakers in Kanab and Kane County. The “shootout,” organized by the Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), hosted a special screening of the submitted “shootout” films at Kanab High School on Saturday, March 17, showcasing the aspiring filmmakers work to the community. 

After screening the films, audience members voted for their favorite film with the “Audience Choice” award, which went to 11 year old filmmaker and St. George student Trevor Black, the youngest participant of the competition with his film “Small Sensibilities.”

“We appreciate all of the filmmakers’ efforts and recognize the extraordinary challenge it takes to make a production in such a short amount of time. All of the teams did a remarkable job and we were pleased with the results,” said Kelly Stowell, CEBA Executive Director.

Stowell also remarked, “the creativity and participation of so many filmmakers from across Utah was delightful. Congratulations to all the filmmakers for their achievements. We appreciate our shootout sponsors and look forward to next year’s competition.”

The winning film in the 2012 “shootout” went to filmmakers Sheldon Demke and Shaun Labrecque for their film “Noose.” Second place went to Salt Lake Art Institute team Young Guns, and director Marshall Biesinger, for their film “Impact.” The film “Kalamity Kane” directed by Anna Lensch from Dancing Bean Productions tied for third place with Seaich Productions film “Bloodshot,” directed by Jared Seaich. The film “Imagine Yourself,” directed by Nathan Riddle and Roger Blomquist with Independent Adventure Films rounded out the list of winning films with a fourth place finish. 

Zoe Ray, an 8th grade student at Kanab Middle School, took first place in the Open Freestyle Division, taking home a scholarship from Dixie State College for the film a “A Mid-Deserts Night Dream.” In addition to the “Audience Choice” award, Trevor Black took second place honors for his film “Small Sensibilities.” All of the “Little Hollywood Shootout” entries can be viewed online by following the link or by searching for the Little Hollywood Shootout. 

“It was fun to watch the shootout films and the initiative reaffirms Kanab’s place as Little Hollywood. There’s no better place for filmmaking than southern Utah, and the “shootout” films highlight the area as a great place to make a movie further solidifying its place as Little Hollywood,” said film panelist Rich Enriquez, Assistant VFX Coordinator at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The “shootout” is an intense two-day guerrilla film-making challenge, providing an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to create a short film at locations in the heart of Utah’s “Little Hollywood.” The theme, line of dialogue, and locations for the 2nd annual “shootout” were revealed at high noon on March 14, at Parry Lodge at the start of the competition. The filmmakers were required to incorporate the theme “out of this world” and the line of dialogue “raising Kane” at outlined locations throughout Kane County.

The “Little Hollywood Shootout” was presented and sponsored by the Center for Education, Business and Arts (CEBA), the Kane County Office of Tourism, AT&T, Redman Movies and Stories, Lumenous Film Productions, the Utah Film Commission, Ghost Rider Films, IAP, Utah Office of Tourism, At Your Leisure, DOCUTAH, Dixie State College, Little Hollywood Movie Museum, Parry Lodge and Kanab City.