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Filmmakers looking for a challenge might want to consider participating in Kanab's Little Hollywood Shootout, which begins at high noon Wednesday at the historic Parry Lodge.

The competition's film production requirements, including locations and a theme, will be revealed to participants. Competitors will then have 49.5 hours to write, direct, edit and complete a five-minute film.

Film submissions are due at 1:30 p.m. Friday either in person or online. The shootout films will then be premiered at a community screening and awards ceremony in the evening on Saturday at the Crescent Moon Theater in Kanab.

The shootout celebrates the distinctive landscape of the Kanab area, which has made this part of southern Utah a favorite of filmmakers since the 1920s.

"It's time once again for the thunder dome of quick turnaround film challenges happening in Kanab, providing aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to produce a film where film legends like John Ford and Clint Eastwood also worked," said Kelly Stowell, Kane County film commissioner and one of the organizers and founders of the event.

Prospective filmmakers should know that primary filming locations are required to take place in Kane County, though editing and post-production can take place anywhere. There is a division for novices and another for experienced film producers.

For information or to register, visit or call 435-899-0443.

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