The 5th YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout wrapped in October 2016 and is now on hiatus. Special thanks are in order to the filmmakers who have participated in all the YPSI 24 Shootouts, and especially to the winners who consistently impress with the creativity they are able to execute in just 24 hours. A showcase of YPSI 24 talent remains accessible at the official YPSI 24 Vimeo Channel.

Ready, set, shoot!

The YPSI 24-Hour Shootout was founded in 2012 for the purpose of supporting the independent filmmaking community in Southeast Michigan. The competition offers an opportunity for area filmmakers to match their talents against their peers while competing for cash prizes and trophies. With support from a dedicated team of volunteers, and consistently generous community support, we are proud to be able to bring the competition to Ypsilanti and Michiganders for five years in 2016.


How It Works

The Shootout is a 24-hour time frame competition! Each participant is allowed to assemble a team and crew.  At the start of the Shootout, several "ingredients" are announced. They may include a line of dialog, a prop, a location, or any other requirement for the film being produced. This element forces teams to think on their feet and not rely on pre-planned scripts or material. 

Final video files must be delivered to the event HQ within the 24-hour deadline to be considered for cash prizes.

All entries will be judged by an independent jury who will award prizes to the best films in competition. 

Is there a fee to compete?

Yes! The registration fee is only $25.

Does my whole team have to register?

Nope! A team must be registered under a single team leader. You can sign up
a full size crew if you've got them, or go it alone!

What are the participant requirements?

a) All footage must be shot within the 24-hour time frame.

b) All films must include all the required "ingredients" to qualify for prizes.

c) You must be 18 years to sign up.  (Cast and crew can be under 18)

d) No limit on team size, but the cast & crew must volunteer their services.

e) Final films must be delivered in person within the 24-hour time frame.

Participants are encouraged to peruse the FAQ and the Official Rules, because there's probably some helpful stuff in there!

Film Screening

The YPSI 24 Pubic Screening has traditionally been held in Towsley Auditorium
at Washtenaw Community College.

The Prizes


YPSI 24 is proud to be one of the only Michigan-made filmmaking competitions in the area to give its participants the most bang for their entry fee!

Winning filmmakers have had a chance to take home one of a number of cash award prize packages. The 1st place "Best of Show" grand prize winner additionally receives the baddest trophy around, the IPSY, hand crafted and Michigan made. Check out the making of our unique IPSY Trophy by Jake Grimes here!


1st Place "Best of Show"
$1000 grand prize

The "IPSY" trophy, $250 PROCAM gift card
and Ypsilanti Running Company certificate.

2nd Place

and Ypsilanti Running Company certificate.

3rd Place

and Ypsilanti Running Company certificate.

Honorable Mention
(3 awarded)

$100 each

Audience Award Winner

The Manupelli Award

One Full Ann Arbor Film Festival Pass, and winning film shown at the next AAFF.