By Anjali Singh

Teens from Markham and the surrounding area came together for the kickoff of Markham Teen Arts Council’s (MTAC) signature event, The 24-Hour Film Challenge.

MTAC is an organization under the Markham Arts Council who hold art-related events throughout the year to showcase their talent in the community including art, writing and music.

The film challenge began at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. Participants came in teams to register and receive a select piece of dialogue, prop and sound effect they must incorporate in their film. Teams must have up to five members and anyone up to the age of 18 can participate. Use of the media with originality and creativity as well as submitting their entry within 24 hours gave the teams a chance to win a cash prize. The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $500, followed by $250 for winning second and $150 for third place. Additionally, one team is selected as the People’s Choice Award winner and given a cash prize of $100. The winner of this award will be determined at the screening night for finalist films beginning at at 6:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Flato Markham Theatre.

This event is open to the public and includes a night of exceptional films, musical performances, raffle prizes and food and drinks. A panel of judges will determine the top three films and the People’s Choice Award will be voted by the audience.

This year’s dialogue is “what’s in that bag and why are you hiding it here.” The prop is a paper airplane and the sound effect is ocean waves. There is also a chance to win an exclusive prize by using the optional prop: a movie poster provided by MTAC. The film that incorporates this prop most effectively will have their film featured at Markham at the Movies, which also takes place at the Flato Markham Theatre.

Photo: Members of the Markham Teen Arts Council help kickoff the 24-Hour Film Challenge.

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