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HMAF Film Night kicks off with 72-hour film challenge

HMAF Film Night kicks off with 72-hour film challenge

HUNTINGTON - Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making a movie?

Well, grab some friends, some costumes, and even just your iPhone to channel your inner J.J. Abrams this week as The seventh annual Huntington Music and Arts Festival is sponsoring a 72-hour film challenge.

This filmmaking contest is open to any artist who feels up to the task of making a movie in a single 72-hour period.

Beginning at noon on Thursday, Aug. 25, teams will have until noon Sunday, Aug. 28 to write, produce, shoot, and edit a film based on a randomly selected writing prompt.

Teams will be competing for a prize pool of $200 with awards decided by Dr. Walter Squire, director of the Marshall University Film Studies Program.

There are only two rules: your film must address the assigned prompt in some way and it must be less than seven minutes in length. Other than that, teams are encouraged to be creative and interpret the contest in whatever way they see fit.

To participate, show up for the contest kickoff at noon Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Arts Resources for the Tri-State building at 900 8th Street in Huntington.

All completed films will be screened on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the ARTS building as part of the Huntington Music and Arts Festival's film night. Films and awards will be begin at 7 p.m..

That HMAF event will continue with a screening of locally-produced short films and a viewing of the new documentary "West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain Stage Experience."

For questions, or if you’re unable to make the kickoff and still want to participate, email

The 72-hour film challenge is part of the seventh Huntington Music and Arts Festival that is set to roll 10 diverse and eclectic events in seven days all over the city from Old Central City and The Wild Ramp to West Edge Factory, Pullman Square, Heritage Station, Ritter Park and some of the city's top music venues from the V Club to the cozy Jake's 21.

HMAF, which kicks off Monday, Aug. 29 with HMAF Appalachia at The Wild Ramp, culminates on Saturday, Sept. 3 with a day-long event at the Ritter Park Amphitheater that will feature 12 hours of continuous music complimented by a new HMAF Bazaar that will feature up to 40 vendors with locally crafted food, arts, crafts and merch. There will also be a craft beer tent, a full day of KidsArt activities organized by the Huntington Museum of Art, and more.

Go online at and for more info. You can also follow HMAF on Twitter and Instagram.

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