The Sparrow Film Project

How does it work?


You’ll need to sign up by midnight on the registration date in order to join. Register online and pay $25 via PayPal to receive your assignment by email. You can register online with the “in person” assignment option and come to Sparrow on Sunday between 9pm and 11:59pm to pay in cash and draw your own assignment after midnight.


You have exactly three weeks to make a three minute film! Fulfill all of your assignment requirements in three minutes or less. Full rules on the guidelines page.

Turn In

Have your film ready to deliver online (registrants will receive upload instructions) or in person on a thumb drive by midnight on the due date (three weeks after signup). Either way, no late submissions accepted. After turn in, your film will go to our judges in preparation for the gala!

The Evolution

The Sparrow Film Project started as a filmmaking contest in Queens, New York. A rag-tag group of artists came together and picked made-up movie titles out of a hat. Based on the title picked, each participant had three weeks to make a three minute film. We screened all of the finished films and held an awards ceremony at our bar, The Sparrow Tavern.

Years later, this event continues to evolve. With each project, participants receive a new set of challenges that evoke passion and creativity for the artists involved and that generate cultural enrichment for the community. Once the films are submitted and judged by an independent panel, we celebrate the filmmakers and their efforts by hosting a gala — an emceed evening with live music, food and awards.

We hope to continue providing a forum in which the community can invent, create, and share ideas in the film medium.

For further announcements, check back here or follow the official SFP Facebook page.

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