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Competition: July 30-August 1
Festival: Saturday, August 8 at the Flicks 12:30, 2:30, 4:30
Award Ceremony and Filmmaker After Party – Sunday, August 8 @ 5:00pm at the covered shelter at Municipal Park


We here at i48 are looking forward to another year of exciting and creative movies from Idaho’s filmmakers. Slowly but surely, our world is returning to “normal” but we understand that even with the delay of i48 to late July/early August, protocols and venues will not be fully restored to pre-COVID levels. So, once again i48 is adapting to reflect the times and we wanted to share with you what i48 will look like this year.


Our traditional “kickoff” for distribution of the team packets and props will again be virtual. Teams will receive packets via email on Friday, July 30, 2021 and y’all will promise not to open said packet until 6:00 p.m.  We will select a prop commonly found in most households and teams will be responsible for providing that prop. Film turn-in by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021 will be on-line only.


We are pleased to announce that all completed films will get a screening on the big screen at The Flicks on either Saturday, August 7, 2021 or Sunday, August 8, 2021. We cannot predict what regulations regarding venue capacity and social distancing requirements will be in effect in early August. Under current Boise City regulations, The Flicks can accommodate approximately 50 patrons in our traditional home of Theatre #1.  If current rules hold, we will limit each screening to five (5) films with each team receiving ten (10) tickets to attend.  If social distancing requirements are relaxed, we will increase the number of films and teams for each screening.


To ensure that we have the theater time to show all the movies, for this year — and only this year — the total number of teams will be capped at forty (40) slots.  (We haven’t had 40 teams participate in i48 in many years, so we’re hoping this will not result in anybody being left out in the cold. Nevertheless — it’s a good idea to submit your application early!)


Because it is unlikely that there will be any theater venue that can accommodate our usual 400-500 participants in a “Best Of” screening, there will be no public “Best Of” screening this year. The “Best of” will be available on our vimeo page following the festival.


Virtual awards ceremonies are no fun and we’ve missed the chance to celebrate together, so we will be having an in-person Awards Ceremony and i48 After-Party on Sunday, August 8, 2021 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the covered shelter in Municipal Park. As with After-Parties in the past, i48 will provide the hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. So please plan on joining us to learn who won the awards, accept your trophies, and celebrate together in an outdoor, socially distanced setting!


To reflect the lack of a “Best Of” screening (and because we’re saving on our usual theater rental expense of the Egyptian) this year’s entry fee is reduced to $30.  Another small step back to normalcy is that the cash prize amounts in both categories will be restored to their pre-COVID levels!


Thanks everyone! We look forward to another fun year of i48 movie-making magic.



13 Stories


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The Old Idaho Penitentiary is teaming up with i48 for the second 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. The Old Pen staff will contact each team to schedule time to shoot between May 1- August 30. The deadline for turning in finished films will be September 1 @ Noon.


All finished films will be included in two screenings at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. The first, a screening and awards ceremony for the filmmaker teams, takes place Friday, September 10, and the second will be a public gala “13 Stories” event on Saturday, September 11. Public ticket sales begin Tuesday, August 10 for both nights, and food trucks, concessions, and no-host bar will be available. Staff and Audience Choice awards with cash prizes will be given to winning films on September 10, after pre-judging process.


Registration will open on-line March 14, 2021 @ 10AM. Registration for this event is FREE. The sign-up deadline is April 18, 2021. 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.


The inmate profiles selected by the Old Pen staff for the 2021 competition are available online.


 Click Here to download the profiles (Right-click, save as…)


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


For additional information, contact Jacey Brain at the Old Idaho Penitentiary at 208-334-2844, or jacey.brain@ishs.idaho.gov.




Congratulations to all of this year’s participants, and to all the winners! There were some really great films.


Here are the award winners:


Best Gore/SFX: Insolvent.mov – Wiser Wolves Productions
Best Scream Queen: Marley Snow-King in Insolvent.mov – Wiser Wolves Productions
Best Baddie/Villain: Tanner LeMay in The Good News – Pineapple Productions
Best Film: Insolvent.mov – Wiser Wolves Productions


The films will still be available to screen at the following links:



Block 1 – https://vimeo.com/460108162

Block 2 – https://vimeo.com/460111059



Block 1 – https://youtu.be/JmAxRn45jKs

Block 2 – https://youtu.be/Ao-k1BGcfrQ


Screening Block 1:

Nevermore – Descent
Newton to Newton Productions – 1820
Capital B Films – Cronos
Leave It To Chance Pictures – The Beauty Butcher
Hall Films – Tent Terror
Monkey Boo Films – The Fades
PWP Films – Hobo Erectus
Amateur Experts – Professional Killer
Lane Productions – Ghosting 101
The Stull Train – Lone Lady
DoBetter Media – Will


Screening Block 2:

Clam City – Open House
Jormungandr Productions – Dammit, Dad
Wiser Wolves – Insolvent
Pineapple Productions – The Good News
First Contact Films – Enclosed
Jebus Crust – Ryder Die
Rat’s Nest Productions – RPG RIP
Media Puppet – Today
Tailor Red – Scopaesthesia
Parallel Production – Delay
Twice Canary Films -Tara






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  – https://vimeo.com/438390037