The 5th annual “Little Hollywood Shootout” film challenge concluded with community screening premieres of submitted films on Saturday, March 14, at the Crescent Moon Theater.

The first place film award went to Darren Chase, from St. George, and his crew for their film called “Timeless.”

Second place honors went to Jake Clayson, of Kanab, and Adus Dorsey, of Torrey, Utah, for their film “1924,” which chronicled the history of the old LDS chapel in downtown Kanab.

Third place honors went to Skye Ogilvie for her film called “Runaway.” Ogilvie, who was visiting Kanab from South Dakota, also took home the coveted Audience Choice Award.

Fourth place honors went to Adam Mast for his film “Magically Spoiled.” The theme for the 2015 shootout was ”Magically Unspoiled,” tied to the recent branding and marketing campaign currently employed by the Kane County Office of Tourism.

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 locations and a theme were revealed to participants. Competitors had 51.5 hours to write, direct, edit, and complete a five-minute film. Film submissions were due at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13. Festivities of the Little Hollywood Shootout ended with film premieres and an awards ceremony at the Crescent Moon Theater, showcasing all submitted films on the evening of Saturday, March 14. 

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. Editing and post-production can take place at the participants desired location. Two divisions were 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. No novice filmmakers participated this year.  

The Little Hollywood Education Series also took place at the Kanab City Library on Saturday, March 14, with a special presentation from Derek Mellus, Producer Services Executive with the Utah Film Commission. Pamela Lockwood, Artistic Director with the Southern Utah Center for the Arts and Reel School, held an “Acting for Film” workshop. Those who attended the Little Hollywood Education Series were offered an educational and network opportunity and found it inspiring.

Sponsors of theLittle 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 and to watch the films, visit