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Grab Your Phone for the Two Hour Film Challenge April 30!

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Scottsdale Community College’s Two Hour Film Challenge promises to push the boundaries of quarantining, remote teamwork and the creative spirit. Sponsored by the SCC Film Club at the Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre, the contest runs from 4 to 6 p.m., April 30, and is open to students and the general public. No prior film experience is required, and there is no cost to participate.

All participants will work on a team, with faculty members from the prestigious Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City, including Jeff Griggs, Kimmie Companik-Warner, Terrance Brown, Julliette Strangio, Edmund O’Brien, Jessica Mitolo and Celeste Pechous, serving as team captains and professional coaches.

Contest Details

Interested individuals need to register before April 30 to be assigned to a team. All teams should have one meeting before the challenge to review how they will collaborate during the challenge, how they will share footage, and to determine each team member’s skills and resources. All participants may write, act, record video and/or edit, knowing that each team member’s contributions will be done remotely.

At the start of the contest, each team will be given a film title via a random drawing and then can determine every other detail of their film including format, topic and genre. Anyone can watch the progress of the event by logging in starting at 3:30 p.m. on April 30 and view all submissions starting at 6:30 p.m. to vote for their favorite. The winning team will be based on total votes by audience members.


Each member of the winning team may choose between five online drop-in Improv classes at The Second City or take online comedy filmmaking or writing courses at the Harold Ramis Film School at the Second City.

To Get Started

For questions and more information, please email or

Danielle Stallings, a full-time residential faculty member, Head of Foundations, and student film club advisor for the Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre, is the creator and producer of the Two Hour Film Challenge.

“In addition to celebrating the filmmaking craft, I hope the Two Hour Film Challenge brings out a participant’s sense of fun and fosters a ‘can-do’ attitude and growth mindset,” said Stallings.  “With the significant time constraint, each filmmaker has to get out of their own way and let their creative impulses flow.”

Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre

Widely regarded as one of the best film schools in the Southwest U.S., SCC’s Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre features two-year hands-on programs that are exceptional and unique among the community colleges in Arizona. From the stage to the soundstage and all points in between, students are immersed in virtually every aspect of the film and theatre disciplines. Through both a theoretical and hands-on approach, each student leaves with not only a degree in their chosen field but with a keen understanding of how their education is applicable in the professional world. For more information, visit SCC’s Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre.

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