1917 One Shot Challenge1917 One Shot Challenge


1917 is an upcoming film by Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre, and American Beauty. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

The One Shot Challenge invites up-and-coming filmmakers to try their hand at making a short film in one single, continuous shot. Think you've got what it takes?

Film Requirements

  • One single, continuous shot
  • Cannot exceed a two minute run time, including titles and credits
  • Two character minimum
  • One interior and one exterior location featured
  • Plot must pertain to delivering an urgent message
  • Entries must be original ideas
  • All participants must be age 18 or older
  • All participants must consent to being included in your entry
  • All participants must be US citizens and residents

Film Restrictions

  • Do not submit materials that are embarrassing, slanderous, or defamatory
  • Do not depict or insinuate nudity, sexual content, alcohol, or drugs
  • Do not include vulgar language or related acronyms (e.g., WTF)
  • Stay away from dangerous/risky activities (e.g., unsafe driving depictions)
  • There should be no offensive (e.g., racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.) content
  • There should be no depictions or mentions of any illegal activity
  • There should be no inclusions of specific persons, entities, or brands, products, or services

Steps to Submit

  • Upload film to a public social media link
  • Posts must be tagged with #1917OneShotChallenge
  • Fill out the submission form here
Official Rules

The winning filmmaker and a guest will be invited to Los Angeles for the red carpet premiere of 1917 and have the opportunity to meet film crew and talent.

Nov 8
Contest begins
Dec 2
Submissions due
Dec 9
Winner announced
Dec 18
Winner flown to LA premiere