Competition: October 7-9
Screening and Awards Ceremony: October 15 @ The Egyptian Theatre

Registration opens August 21, 2022 @ 10:00am

There are only 15 spots available so don’t wait!

13 Stories

13 Stories



The Old Idaho Penitentiary is teaming up with i48 for the third annual “13 Stories” film competition, a unique opportunity for Idaho filmmakers to create short (4-7 minutes in duration) films inspired by true Idaho State Penitentiary stories and the men and women who passed through its walls. The filmmaker teams will have the opportunity to shoot their films on location at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Site staff will contact each team to schedule time to shoot between June 1 and August 29, 2022. The deadline for turning in finished films will be August 29 at 12:00 pm.


Due to popular demand, all finished films will be included in three screenings at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. The first, a screening and awards ceremony for the filmmaker teams, takes place Thursday, September 15, 2022. The second and third nights (Friday-Saturday, September 16-17) feature public screenings. Ticket sales begin Tuesday, August 16 at 10:00 am for all three nights, and food trucks, concessions, and no-host bar will be available each night. Judged awards with cash prizes will be given to winning films on Thursday, September 15.


Cash prizes are as follows:

Warden’s Cup for Best Film: $350

Trusty Trophy for Runner-Up to Best Film: $150

Stool Pigeon Award for Best Use of History: $100

Audience Choice Award (announced on social media after all three screenings): $150


During the September 15, 2022 screening and awards ceremony, awards for Best Lead Performer and Best Supporting Performer will also be presented.


Registration will open on-line at on March 20, 2022 at 10:00 am. Registration for this event is $25 per team. The sign-up deadline is April 24, 2022.


The stories selected by the Old Idaho Penitentiary staff for the 2022 competition are available on the i48 website – – when registering, teams will need to include their top 3 profile choices so be sure to go in and do some browsing to be prepared.


There are only 15 spots so don’t wait to sign up, profiles will be assigned in the order the teams sign up.


Download the Official Rules


Download the Filmmaker Agreement

Click Here for the Inmate Stories

Comedy Shorts!

Congratulations to all the filmmakers who participated in the February Challenge! It was good to be able to laugh during these times.


Here are the winners of the awards!


Best Screenplay – “Truths” by Newton to Newton Productions

Best Technical Achievement: “The Rebirth of Clint Horowitz” by Flying Fedora Films

Best Actor: Brandon Freeman in “The Rebirth of Clint Horowitz” By Flying Fedora Films

Best Actress: Nicole Stull in “Truths” by Newton to Newton Productions

Best Film: “The Rebirth of Clint Horowitz” by Flying Fedora Films


If you missed the event, here is the link to watch the films:

Vimeo  –