The Sparrow Film Project returns March 20, 2016 with edition 13

The 13th Edition is underway! We had a record-breaking 99 teams sign up, and our filmmakers completed a total of 65 films. Join us in celebration of their incredible work this weekend at The Museum of the Moving Image for screenings of all films and Thursday June 16th for our Gala screening of nominees and awards ceremony!

How does it work?


March 20th

You’ll need to sign up between now and midnight on March 20th in order to join this year. Register 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.


March 20th-April 10th

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

April 10th

Have your film ready to deliver online (registrants will receive upload instructions) or in person on a thumb drive by midnight April 10th. Either way, no late submissions accepted. After turn in, your film will go to our judges in preparation for the gala in June!

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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