10th Annual 3-Minute Film Competition

In partnership with KNPB Channel 5 and the Nevada Museum of Art, Holland is proud to announce the 10th Annual 3-Minute Film Competition, a yearly celebration of independent filmmakers of all ages and experiences.

Submission Guidelines

There are 2 categories: the traditional 3-Minute Film category (any film ranging from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length), and the 15- Second Film category (based on the rise of incredible storytelling and super short filmmaking through social media apps – and to encourage any burgeoning animation artists!). You are allowed to submit for either category, or both. Preference will be given to filmmakers with a Nevada connection (current or former residents, those with a personal tie to the state, etc). 

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 Film Application Form
5. Email, drop off or mail to: hollandreno[@]gmail.com or to Holland Project (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 welcome to upload to Dropbox, Google Drive, or Vimeo and send to us–as long as we have download options.

The Rules:
-films must not represent or have racist, sexist, homophobic/transphobic 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!

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MUSIC! 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 check out THIS LIST and contact the band/artist directly. 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 24.