The distinctive landscape of the Kanab area has made this part of southern Utah a favorite destination for filmmakers since the 1920’s.

Building on this great filmmaking tradition, the annual “Little Hollywood Shootout” kicks off at the historic Parry Lodge in Kanab, Utah on March 22.

The “shootout” is a quick-turnaround film competition offering prospective filmmakers the challenge of producing a short film with Kanab area locations as the backdrop.

The competition starts on Wednesday, March 22, at high noon when film production requirements, including locations and a theme will be revealed to participants. Competitors will then have 49.5 hours to write, direct, edit and complete a five-minute film. Film submissions are due at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24, either in person or online.

The shootout films will then be premiered at a community screening and awards ceremony on the evening of Saturday, March 25, at the Crescent Moon Theater in Kanab. 

“It’s time once again for the thunder dome of quick turnaround film challenges happening in Kanab, providing aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to produce a film 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 have a great event planned,” 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, 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. 

Films are due at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and can be submitted by a revealed online method or films can be submitted in person at the Parry Lodge at the time of the deadline.

Sponsors of the event include AT&T, Kane County Office of Tourism and Film Commission, Center for Education, Business, and the Arts, Kanab City, and the Utah Film Commission.

“We appreciate our sponsors and this event would not be possible without their tremendous support to the shootout,” said Stowell.

Festivities of the Little Hollywood Shootout conclude when the films will be screened along with an awards ceremony at the Crescent Moon Theater, showcasing all submitted films on the evening of Saturday, March 24, starting at 7 p.m. 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.