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The 24-Hour Video Race Expands with Music Video, Documentary and Mobile Device Categories

When kept up for a solid 24 hours, weird things happen. Soon, you're constructing oversized balls out of tin foil and helmets out of salted, pliable meats. Or at least that was Team Observer's experience when we competed in the Video Association of Dallas' 24 Hour Video Race.

Past years offered only one way to edit your way to an unraveled psyche, but that changes in 2013 as VAD expands the brutality to include documentary, music video and all mobile device competitions.

Those who reject change may exhale, as the basic category and its guidelines goes untouched. Teams are given a certain theme, prop, location and line of dialogue that they need to include in their short, freaky, opus at registration. Then, they're set loose into the world to write, film and edit their entry by the following midnight. This year it begins at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 10th and ends at the same time on Saturday. Winners get their work shown at the Angelika, on the KERA show Frame of Mind and on VAD and You+Dallas' sites.

This year's extra categories run a little differently. The music video competition begins on Saturday, with an assignment to shoot a specific band at a specific venue. I mean, 24 hours should be enough time to turn a live concert into something like this, right? Right. That race wraps up on Sunday.

Here's the whole press release: Check out team fees, registration deadlines and details on the documentary and mobile device categories.

12th Annual 24-Hour Video Race May 10, 2013 Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station in Dallas

The 12thAnnual 24-Hour Video Race, presented by The Video Association of Dallas, will commence at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and end 24 hours later at 12-midnight on Saturday, May 10. The Angelika Film Center is at 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln. For information, visit or email [email protected]

The screenings of the work of all the entrants will be Tuesday-Thursday, May 14-16 with the finalists screened on Monday, May 20 at the Angelika Film Center. The winning videos will be shown on KERA -TV Channel 13's program "Frame of Mind," on the website, and on You+Meda Dallas site. Team members should bring Race badges for admission to the screenings. (This includes teams who did not finish the Race.) Members of the general public can also attend. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The screening schedule will be posted Monday, May 13th.

Dallas film and video makers of all levels of experience are invited to participate in the race, both creatively and literally. Teams that do not make it to the finish line at midnight will not be included in the judging, All teams will be assigned four critical elements: one theme, one prop, one location and one line of dialogue.

Anyone with a camera and the willingness to race can participate. Past teams have included elementary school students to professional filmmakers. Student teams compete against other student teams and adult teams are categorized by team size rather than skill level.

There will also be 3 new divisions in 2013: Rock Around the Clock (music videos), Doc Around the Clock (documentaries), and an all mobile device division. The Auteur division will return to a single member.

New Divisons!

Rock -Around the Clock price $75 Limit 5 teams Each team is assigned a band and a given access to a venue to record them performing live Saturday May 11. The team then has 24 hours to make a video of the song to be turned in Sunday, May 12th at 11:59pm. It is suggested (but not required) that the final video has more elements than the band performance. Teams will be chosen by 24 Hour Video Race committee. Interested parties must submit their reels by April 20th.

Doc-Around the Clock $125 Limit 5 teams. Doc around the Clock is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmaking teams from around the North Texas have just 24 Hours access to a subject assigned by the Video Association of Dallas during the day May 8th, 9th, and 10th. The team then has 24 Hours to make a documentary about the subject to be turned in on Saturday, May 11th at 11:59 pm.

All Mobile Device Division. $75 The same rules as the 24 Hour Video Race, except the entire film has to be shot and edited on a smart phone of tablet.

Video Race Classic

The 24-Hour Video Race's teams are divided in to five categories: Pixelvision K-12 Teams Futurevision Current College/University students and recent graduates Auteur Professional or amateur teams of a single member Guerilla Professional or Amateur teams of 3 to 5 members Hollywood Professional or Amateur teams of 6 or more members

Sponsored by Texas Commission on the Art Office of Cultural Affairs Dallas Dallas Film Commission


The mission of the Video Association of Dallas (the 501(c)(3) is to promote an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society, and to support and advance the work of Texas artists working in video and the electronic arts. VAD serves its mission through exhibition, education, information, service and advocacy. Video Association of Dallas presents the 24 Hour Video Race and other programs throughout the year.

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Jamie Laughlin
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