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T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Contest & Festival @ DEFCON 25

  • DEF CON 25, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada


"All I'm saying is, when we split the check three ways the steak-eater picks the pocket of the salad-man." - The Blue Raja, Mystery Men

You choose.

It only takes a few minutes to register your team.

Self Loathing and Regret last a lifetime. 

TDFX-hour Filmmaking Contest Registration Now Open. 

Online Team Registration

  • The winning team gets 5 Human badges for DEFCON 26.  (that's worth around $1200)
  • Seattle Film Institute scholarships worth $5000 for the winning team.
  • Everyone who registers gets a free subscription to VideoMaker Magazine.
  • Additional TBD prizes for the winning team and runners up.
  • Our contest is so awesome that winning is optional because,  each team registration packet comes with enough fame, fortune, and filmmaking glory for each team member (instructions not included). 
  • Pride in demonstrating the courage to step into the ring and accept a challenge.  (Holding your head high and looking those who lacked the intestinal fortitude, to try, in the eye... optional.)


1)  their film making knowledge and experience must be between one and eleven.   (On a bad day, Tarantino would be a 10.  My dog is a 1.)  

2)  want to help make a movie.

  • During DEF CON 25, July 27 through July 30, 2017.
  • Starts:  Thursday morning July 27    Entry Deadline:  Saturday July 29   Winner Announced:  TBD
  • The contest starts as soon as a team leader physically checks in, or registers, picks up their team packet, and receives the final kick off briefing.   The first teams will check-in or register early Thursday morning .
  • Each team will have between 48 and 56 hours to make their film, depending on what time they check-in or register Thursday morning.
  • Teams that pre-register prior to Thursday morning may enjoy a few perks such as TBD and first choice of sizes  of the 5 contest t-Shirts that are in each team packet.


  • The T.D. Francis X-Hour Film Contest is a filmmaking contest sponsored by DEF CON, The Seattle Film Institute, and VideoMaker Magazine.
  • While at DEF CON, Teams compete to create the best film they can in 48+ hours.  They must write, shoot, edit, produce a 4-8 minute film while attending DEF CON 25.
  • Format is similar to the common "48 hour film" contest type.
  • Teams are allowed to film onsite within the DEF CON convention area, but they must wear contest t-shirts.
  • Each team gets 5 awesome contest t-shirts with their reg packet.
  • Teams are given the final rules, genre, details, and monkey wrenches when they pick up their team reg packets at DEF CON.
  • Use a smart phone, a digital camera, high end prosumer thousand dollar camera, whatever equipment you want.


  • Registered Teams of DEF CON 25 attendees. 
  • A registered team can have a max of 5 crew members (director, producer, writer, editor, camera man) or can be a single person "Army of One".
  • talent/actors/extras, while vital to your success, are not counted as production team members. 
  • Anyone and everyone attending DEF CON .
  • Besides registering for our film contest...  each participant is carefully screened to verify they meet the minimum eligibility prerequisites: