Published on May 8th, 2015 | by Rachel Ervin


The Grand Cinema presents 30 films in the 253

For the past few years, local filmmakers have poured their grit, spit, and tears into producing short films for the 72 hour film competition, hosted by the Grand Cinema. And if you’ve read our story on what it takes to compete, then you know that participating in a film race is no joke.

It takes focus, ingenuity, and buckets of caffeine to complete a film–from the first shot through the final edits– in just 72 short hours. And like many short film races, the Grand Cinema’s version requires the films to include secret elements only revealed the morning the race commences.

This year’s competition concluded on May 2nd with a twist: instead of requiring filmmakers to keep the length of their film within a set time frame, films submitted had to be exactly 253 seconds long to compete. The mystery elements revealed this year included a children’s toy, time travel, the line of dialogue “I’m not saying it isn’t good,” and something written in a foreign language.

Image courtesy of the Grand Cinema

Party-goers from last year’s festivities.

To celebrate their new concept of the 253-second film, the Grand changed the name of the competition from the previous 72-hour label to the 253-Second Short Film Viewing Party. The festivities will take place next Friday, May 15th, at the Grand Cinema, where there will be door prizes, a photo booth, and “Grand” giveaways like dinner and movie packages and gift certificates.

Winners of the Judge’s pick for best film will be announced at the viewing party, and audience members will also get a chance to cast their vote for their favorite.

Darcy Nelson, director of marketing and communication at the Grand, tells me that she’s “previewed one of the films earlier this week, and was impressed by the level of technical skill and originality of ideas captured in the film.”

Members of Post Defiance will be in attendance for the party. You will find us taking notes, munching popcorn, and hanging out in the photo booth with Darcy.


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Rachel Ervin

Co-Managing Editor, freelancer of everything, UWTacoma alumna, parent, partner, lover of beans. You can follow her thoughts on feminist weather patterns @RacheErvKorbski.

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