Since 2012, Tallgrass Film Association and CreativeRush has partnered together to create Down to the Wire a 24 HR Film Race. Every year our filmmakers and community come together to support this industry in our community.

The race takes place annually in June and participants can enter on their own as a Team of ONE or with up to TEN people. Teams have 24 hours to write, produce, shoot and edit a short film that is six minutes or less. All films are required to include The Elements that are randomly selected at the beginning of the race.

Once films are turned in by the 24-hour deadline, a jury will screen each film, and a Top 10 will be showcased at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00 pm that Sunday night. The Top 10 Showcase will feature a panel of VIP Judges, Awards & Prizes, and a beautiful historic theatre!


  • Your REGISTERED TEAM can consist of ONE (1) to TEN (10) people.
  • Earlybird registration begins on May 20th, 2018 at 10 a.m. CST. Earlybird price is $200 for general teams, $175 for students (teams with 50% of its members or more under the age of 21.)
  • Registration costs will rise the week of the race to $250 per team.
  • ALL content MUST be original and created within the 24 Hour Time Period
  • Films must contain all required elements including any surprise elements
  • Films must be six minutes (06:00) or under from the start of the film to the end of the credits. (excludes Title Card)
  • Films must be submitted with all signed (talent/actor, music, & location releases) by the 24 HR deadline
  • Films must not contain anything pornographic, excessively vulgar, or violent for the sake of violence
  • Teams MUST send ONE Producer & ONE Director to each of the REQUIRED Meetings. (the P/D can be the same person, but must attend both meetings).

*If you or someone from your team breaks one or more rules mentioned above, your team is subject to disqualification.




Laura Kirk

Laura Kirk is an award-winning filmmaker with credits as a producer and actor including Andrea Arnold’s American Honey: Cannes 2016, and The Sublime and Beautiful : Slamdance 2014. A veteran on the independent film festival circuit, Kirk co-wrote and starred one of the first digital films: Lisa Picard is Famous: Cannes 2000. It is included in John Gaspard’s book “Fast, Cheap and Under Control ...Lessons Learned from the Greatest Low Budget Movies of All Time.” Kirk began her career on stage in New York off-Broadway and regionally where she was also a teaching artist in homeless shelters and in schools for Dreamyard Drama Project. Laura is a co-founder of the mentoring group “Women of Lawrence Film” where she puts into practice her interests in remedying gender inequity in film. A professor at the University of Kansas, Laura lives with her husband and co-star of The Tree, winner of multiple Best Feature and Audience choice awards, 2017.

Danny Roew

Danny recently won "Best Digital Series" for AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: CRASHING THE COURSE at the Reality TV Awards. Other series he directed include Glamour's WHY DO GUYS? and Fox's RECIPES FROM HELL'S KITCHEN. Feature credits include the insane-boyband-zombie-killing-mockbuster DEAD 7 for SyFy and the found footage black comedy SHOTGUN WEDDING from 20th Century Fox. His gross-out but charmingly funny short film DOG LOVERS premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has directed music videos for Nick Carter, Twin Method, and Esthero. While creating content for Funny or Die, Hulu, and Condé Nast, he has also lent his talents to commercial clients such as Starbucks, Fox Sports, Trak Kayaks and Microsoft. Home grown in Wichita, Danny currently lives in Los Angeles.

Savannah Rodgers

Savannah Rodgers is a narrative and documentary filmmaker. She is an artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation, a Board Member for Film Society KC, and a Programmer at the Slamdance Film Festival. In 2018, she was recognized with the Spirit Award by Kansas City Women in Film and TV.

Recently, Savannah’s short documentary debut DRAGTIVISTS won awards at the Tallgrass Film Festival and Twister Alley International Film Festival. Her short film SKETCHES premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. Her directorial debut, POLITICALLY CORRECT, was named Cinema Constant’s 2016 Best Comedy Short and has received honors from Kansas City FilmFest, Austin Revolution Film Festival, and other festivals worldwide. Her upcoming projects include QUEEN FOR A DAY, a short comedy about marriage and drag culture, and a documentary on the 1997 film CHASING AMY.