The 5th annual “Little Hollywood Shootout” film challenge culminates with a community screening premiere of submitted films on Saturday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Crescent Moon Theater.Community members and participants are encouraged and invited to attend.

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, on March 11, film production requirements, such as locations and a theme, were revealed to participants. Competitors 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.

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 with one category intended for novice filmmakers of all ages looking to gain experience and the other division designed for competitors who have experience in film production.   

The Little Hollywood Education Series will take place at the Kanab City Library on Saturday, March 14, starting at 11 a.m. with a special presentation from Derek Mellus, Producer Services Executive with the Utah Film Commission.

Pamela Arts, Artistic Director with the Southern Utah Center for the Arts and Reel School, will speak at noon, with an acting for film workshop. Lunch will be provided and is free for anyone interested in attending the Little Hollywood Education Series, offering an educational  and network opportunity for participants.

The Utah Film Commission is part of the Utah Office of Tourism, Film and Global Branding under the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The knowledgeable UTAH Film Commission staff is here to assist productions with all filming needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from initial scouts and pre-production to principal photography and post-production. The UFC office provides professional and timely consulting to your production questions, and can assist with the inevitable last-minute changes for production needs. The Utah Film Commission manages the Utah Motion Picture Incentive Program, which offers a 20-25 percent tax credit for approved productions.

REEL School is a total immersion film school for students who are serious about filmmaking. Student ages are young adult and up, although REEL School will accept 16-year-olds who have the maturity to handle the program. It is possible for high school students in the REEL School program to receive their high school diploma and their Bachelor of Arts at the same time.

Sponsors of the “Little Hollywood Shootout” include AT&T, Kane County Office of Tourism, Kane County Film Commission, Center for Education, Business, and the Arts, Kanab City, Utah Film Commission, and Reel School.

For more information about the Little Hollywood Shootout or to register your team, visit or call 435-899-0443.