The place to be in downtown Phoenix on Thursday, February 28 at 7pm is at the AMC Arizona Center 24. The large theatre will be screening the top 20 films from this years Almost Famous Film challenge. The 9th Annual A3F 48 hour short film challenge Top 20 Public Screening is becoming one of the most popular film events to attend downtown. The audience was usually comprised of the filmmakers and their friends and family. As the popularity of the Top 20 screenings has grown over the years, it’s not uncommon to find people out for an evening of Arizona filmmaking. Many have never participated in the event, but never miss the A3F Top 20 screenings when they return to the AMC Arizona Center 24.
The A3F hosts several film challenges throughout the year, challenging filmmakers, actors editors and musicians to bring their talents to the big screen. Some of the challenges are geared towards specific aspects of filmmaking, such as screen writing, soundtrack, sound design and sometimes the special effects and editing many of the Arizona filmmakers specialize in.
Forty-seven teams made the deadline and the quality of the films is outstanding this year. This year’s required prop was a ring that had to be put on or taken off. While there were plenty of proposals in this batch of films, the filmmakers were still very creative interpreting and incorporating this prop. The required line of dialog was “I can’t believe it worked” with several returning filmmakers using this as an opportunity to spoof the A3F directly, incorporating this and several other lines from previous challenges. The required theme was “something magical” which is pretty much a blank check for any filmmaker. All of the entries were able to make very clever use of this film theme freebie.
If there is one local film festival/screening you can make it to, be sure to make it the A3F Top 20 screenings at the AMC Arizona Center 24 in downtown Phoenix. This event usually sells out, so be sure to get your tickets before they are gone. Tickets are just $8.00 each and can be ordered off of the A3F website at http://www.thea3f.net/2013/index.php.