The competition challenges filmmakers to create a three-minute short within a two-day period. Each film must include a line of dialogue, a location and an object with the criteria to be determined by Spiva.
Contestants should plan to meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Spiva, Third and Wall in Joplin, to receive this year’s guidelines. Those who cannot attend may check Spiva’s Facebook page after 8 p.m. that day to find out what they are. The completed digital films must be returned to Spiva by 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, with an entry fee of $10.
Films will be shown on May 19, at Central Christian Center, 410 Virginia Ave., during Downtown Joplin's Third Thursday activities. During those screenings, visitors will be asked to cast votes to determine the People’s Choice winner. A panel of judges will determine the competition's first, second, and third place awards, which will be announced at 8:30 p.m. that night.