3-Minute Film Competition



In partnership with KNPB Channel 5 and the Nevada Museum of Art, Holland is proud to host the 8th Annual 3-Minute Film Competition. Read below for rules and details.

For the first time ever, there are 2 categories: the traditional 3-Minute Film category (any film ranging from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length), and a brand-new 15- Second Film category (based on the rise of incredible storytelling and super short filmmaking through apps like Vine and Instagram). You are allowed to submit for either category, or both.

Any genre (western, horror, experimental, music vids, comedy, mockumentary/documentary, skate and snow vids, adapted mini-screenplays and stories), any style (B&W, super saturated technicolor, 1920s grainy style, animation, stop-motion, high-def), any technology (shoot it on a fancy camera, a thrift store find, or your iPhone), any level (beginner to expert) and any age (directors ages 5 to 100) – are all encouraged and accepted!

Here’s the deal:
1. Make a film
2. Choose a category – 3 Minute or 15 Second
3. Format it as a Quicktime*, MOV or MPG4 file and put it on a DVD or thumb drive
4. Fill out the application – available here: 3-MINUTE Application Form.
5. Drop off or mail to: Holland, 140 Vesta Street, Reno, 89502 by the deadline.

*Make sure if you’re doing Quicktime, it’s not a Final Cut Quicktime file–those are too big for us to watch and run. You are also welcome to upload to Dropbox or Vimeo and send to us too–as long as we have download options.

The Rules:
-films must not represent or have racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise hateful content or messaging
-no PSA’s or commercials/advertisements
-films must be turned in by deadline (judging takes place the next day!) and must include the application form


The top selections will screen at the Nevada Museum of Art. Killer prizes (including $$$, gift certificates, rad film books, special screenings and more) will be given to the Jury Award Winner and the Audience Award Winner!

VERY IMPORTANT! We encourage you to use licensed music, creative commons/public domain music, or get permission for your scores. There are a ton of local artists and bands that have agreed to donate music or score your film, which is super cool! Just shoot us an email (hollandreno[@]gmail.com) if you’d like a list of those musicians or need any assistance. This is a big deal this year, because the Top Selections will be screened on KNPB Channel 5 (our PBS station!) during a special 3-Minute Film program they are creating just for this event! The bummer is, if you don’t have permission for the music, your film won’t be able to screen on PBS.

Top selections will screen at the Nevada Museum of Art on Thursday, May 26.





The 7th Annual 3-Minute Film Competition wrapped with a successful screening that took place at the Nevada Museum of Art on May 21, 2015. The Top 17 films were screened (as selected by a jury from over 40 submissions representing nearly every genre from filmmakers of all-ages), and at the end of the night we announced the winners. Kaleb Temple’s “Schnozzled” won the 2015 Jury Award, and took home the 2nd Place Audience Award as well! Robbie Racine and Joel Sauter won the Special Jury Mention for “Magnum Opus,” and Teen Jury Mentions were given to Tucker Rash for “Numbers” and Isabela Reyes Klein for “The Addlers.”

Jesse McCloskey won the coveted Audience Award for “Charge” (back-to-back champ! He won the Audience Award last year for “Solidarity”). 2nd Place was “Schnozzled,” as mentioned above, and 3rd Place Audience Award went to Steven Dickson’s “Apiphobia.”

Additional films screened as part of the 2015 3-Minute Film Competition included: Table Number 9 directed by Victor O’Frank; Carlos and Seabass directed by students from Rollan Melton Elementary; Wet by Dominic Lopez; Sweatin’ with PayPay directed by Chris Lanier; Demon Book by students from Neil Road Elementary; Swing with Me by Jon Shown; What I Might Do directed by Haleigh Hoff; Claymation directed by Boys and Girls Club students; Gone Today by Henry MacDiarmid; Suvivormates directed by Dan Pike; and The Artist’s Lament by Jason Spencer. Films submitted, but not screened will be available for viewing on Holland’s YouTube page.

The award-winning films will be screened on KNPB Channel 5 in Summer 2015. Until then, you can check out last year’s program on KNPB online!

Congratulations to all our winners, all those who submitted films, and the killer audience that sold out the NMA for the screening!

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< < Photo on Project page is from Tosha Palani’s 2013 Jury Award Winning Film, “Virgin Birth.” Photos at the top and bottom of this page are stills from the 2015 films “Charge,” “Schnozzled,” “Numbers” and “Magnum Opus.” > >