The 72-hour Renton Film Frenzy returns Oct. 6-9

Registration is still open for filmmakers and Renton businesses and organizations.

Registration is still open for the 2022 Renton Film Frenzy, a 72-hour film challenge for local filmmakers and featured business partners alike.

Scheduled from Oct. 6-9, the Film Frenzy is a community event with the City of Renton and The Seattle Film Summit and is an opportunity for local filmmakers to partner with an organization that’s local to Renton to create a short film or marketing piece over the weekend.

Film Frenzy short films must be seven minutes or less and are meant to reflect the diversity of Renton, the values of the local organization and the style of the filmmakers.

The Renton Film Frenzy will have a producer launch and celebration Wednesday, Oct. 5, to kick off the festival.

The 72 hours begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, after a final mystery element is revealed to the teams.

From there, filmmakers and organizations will have exactly three days to create the short films, a challenge that requires a complete lack of sleep and an abundance of creativity, ingenuity and grit.

Scripts will be written and costumes and props should be prepared by the end of Thursday, with film productions anticipated to take place over Friday and Saturday.

Films should then be edited, completed and dropped off with the required paperwork by 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. While all films will be screened, any late drop-offs will be ineligible for awards.

The screening for all films in the Renton Film Frenzy takes place at the Renton Civic Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The event is free and all are invited to support the filmmakers and local organizations.

Awards follow the screenings, where the best films can win in the following categories: “Best Picture,” “The Heart of Renton,” “Audience Choice,” “Best Cinematography” and “Best Director.”

This year’s Renton Film Frenzy will have three judges: Director’s staff of the Seattle Film Summit Andrea Hays, Renton City Councilmember James Alberson and Renton Municipal Arts Commissioner Janna Kushneryk. Actor Tom Skerritt from “Alien” and “Top Gun” is also a special guest.

More detailed rules and conditions can be found at, where teams are to register.

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis and fees vary depending on team categories. For a team in the “Student” category (21 and under), the fee is $40 while the “Novice” team category fee is $75. Booking a stay in Renton can be submitted to, the registration fees will be waived.