2023 Genesis Challenge

Tampa 2023 Genesis Challenge

Screening and Awards Tickets now available!

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The film challenge rules are incorporated herein. 
Failure to follow these Challenge Rules and Guidelines may disqualify your entry from being screened and/or being eligible for any awards!

Submission deadline for scripts: May 28, 2023 @ 11:59pm

  • Complete film must be submitted by: August 27, 2023 at 11:59 pm
  • Please practice safe filming.  No real arms to be used on ANY set.
  • Genre: Drama. Sub genres are welcome.
  • Maximum total film run-time (including titles and credits) is 9 minutes. 
  • If your entry is selected you are expected to post updates to the Facebook group along with these lead tags:
    #TIF #OIFGenesisChallenge
  • Your film may NOT be shown elsewhere prior to the Challenge screening date. 
  • Award nominations for actors as a lead and/or supporting role is limited to a total of three (3) films per Challenge.
  • Writers and Directors are limited to one such role per Challenge. Nominations must be reflected in the film’s credits.
  • General Challenge Rules apply.

(13 Films)

  1. 11 MILE IMPACT – Brandon Krum 8:59                                            
  2. Secret Admirer Chad Shaver  8:58
  3. Where the Heart Is Joseph O’Connor  8:18
  4. Limerence Joe Furnari  8:56
  5. Armed Brotherly: Ghost of a Chance David Tolliver  9:00
  6. Blood Brother Shanita Brown  8:36
  7. Reflections Koura Linda  8:59
  8. Matters of the Mind Rory Smith 8:59
  9. The Interview Madeleine Carstens  6:45
  10. Moving OnArlene Lagos  6:10
  11. The Follow Up – Stefanie Davis  8:59
  12. Give a Man a ChanceSean Critelli  8:57
  13. InfluencerJasmin Alexa  7:15

Award Nominees

(Winners are in Bold)

Supporting Actor
Tyler Price – Influencer
Anton Nick Simon – Where The Heart Is
Rory Smith – Matters of the Mind

Supporting Actress
Stefanie Davis – The Follow-Up
Righley Engelhardt – Where The Heart Is
Jennifer Roasa – The Interview

Set Design
Virginia A Lopez – Moving On
Koura Linda – Reflections
Khaleise Caldwell – Limerence
Jasmin Alexa – Influencer
Virginia A. Lopez – Where The Heart Is

Cyndi Crotts – Moving On
Faith Gambina – Where The Heart Is
Koura Linda – Reflections
Jasmine Vazquez and Jasmin Alexa – Influencer

Original Story
Joselyn Lucia – Reflections
Arlene McQueen & Joseph O’Connor – Where The Heart Is
Brandon Krum – 11-Mile Impact
Joe Furnari – Limerence
Rory Smith – Matters of the Mind

Rob Coggin – The Follow-Up
Ron Bowjack – Where The Heart Is
Joe Furnari – Limerence
Spaceship – Reflections
Jasmin Alexa – Influencer

Original Music
Spaceship – Reflections
James Crabtree – Where the Heart Is
Luis Perdomo – Influencer
James Crabtree – Moving On

Overall Sound
Joe Furnari & Heather Fraley -Limerence
Nate Powers – Influencer
Spaceship – Reflections
Brandon Krum – 11-Mile Impact
Jorge Barba – Where The Heart Is
Amanda Browne – The Follow-Up

Joe Furnari – Limerence
Joseph O’Connor – Where The Heart Is
Koura Linda – Reflections
Spaceship & Koura Linda – Influencer

Staci Talley – The Follow-Up
Joseph O’Connor – Where The Heart Is
Koura Linda – Reflections
Jasmin Alexa – Influencer
Rory Smith – Matters of the Mind

Lead Actor
Daniel Scott Dagesse – Matters of the Mind
Stephen Lewis – Reflections
Brandon Krum – 11 Mile Impact
Khaleise Caldwell – Limerence
Jonathan Montes – Give a Man a Chance

Lead Actress
Gracie Winchester – Where The Heart Is
Carson Jean Holley – Influencer
Shannon Prendergast – Matters of the Mind
Kimberly Epstein – Reflections
Mary A Toyama – Moving On

Best Picture
Where The Heart Is