First Friday Shorts – Tuesday Edition

First Friday Shorts - Tuesday Edition


General Admission: $8 | Loft Members: $6

Passes Accepted

Monthly Grand Prize: $200!

Yearly Grand Prize: $1,000!

Please Note: After a film runs for three minutes a light will go on the gong and the audience will have a chance to stop the film and move on to the next one by shouting “Gong.” Please do not enter the contest if you are not comfortable with these new changes.

First Friday Shorts will be moving to the first Tuesday of each month during The Loft Cinema’s renovations. We will be back to our regularly scheduled time of 9pm on the first Friday of each month once the project is complete.

KXCI Community Radio MC Bridgitte Thum hosts our monthly short film contest – just bring us your short films and we’ll play them on the largest movie screen in Southern Arizona! In case you’ve never been to a First Friday Shorts show, here are the rules: 

You must be 18 or older to enter a film.

We’ll play any short film, music video or short documentary that you’ve made that’s under 15 minutes long and is brought to us on a thumb drive (one film per person). We do not accept commercials or advertisements. 

All films are played in the order they’re received. Every film is guaranteed to play for 3 minutes, but after that the audience can call for the dreaded “gong” if they’re displeased. If the gong is struck, our intrepid hosts stop the film and the next movie begins. But don’t despair… if your film is gonged, you can re-work it and bring it back to see if the changes you’ve made please the audience. This is a great way for filmmakers to try out new ideas and see how an actual audience responds. Remember, the audience decides the winner, so keep them happy! 

Filmmaker(s) must be in attendance to win the cash prize.

PLEASE NOTE: We only take the first 15 films each month. For the August contest, submissions will be accepted at the box office starting on Monday, July 29.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: We don’t know each month’s “film content” rating and some material may not be suitable for all audiences.

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