Offering local filmmakers a networking and exhibition opportunity, this program works much like a poetry slam.  Filmmakers show up day-of program and offer short films or works-in-progress to be placed on screen that same evening in front of an audience.  This gives filmmakers a chance to see audience reaction to their work and offer them time to create more films, partnerships and friendships through meeting other film artists.  Each program has an audience and critics award and the Local Open Screen Best Of Fest is presented in December to re-present the winning films

General Public Admission: Suggested donation of $1
Filmmaker submission fee: $0
Tower Theatre
900 South 876 East
Parking at the Smith's parking lot on 800 South 900 East.
Submissions accepted:
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. day of show
Program starts:
9:00 p.m.


  • Make a movie that is under 10 minutes (or, works-in-progress, dailies for features, scenes, etc. that are under 10 minutes are welcome!)
  • Put it on DVD (we prefer one film per DVD, no menu)
  • Bring the DVD to the Tower Theatre on the DAY OF SHOW.  You must make your film submission between 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  In the event that too many filmmakers submit, the films will be chosen by lottery pick. 
  • Films are then chosen and programmed in the order of the evening (there is an intermission and all easy content films will be prior to the intermission and more difficult content will be post intermission.  Still, it is an uncensored unrated program and children under 18 years of age will not be permitted without a guardian (they are welcome to submit films and attend however!  Just bring a parent)
  • Tell all your friends!  Help us fill the audience.
  • Program starts at 9:00 p.m. LIVE! and runs for a maximum of 2 hrs.

Every Open Screen has the following:

  • Audience Award (please vote!)
  • Critics Pick (Thank you to all our local critics who have participated!)
  • Online posting of your film here!
  • Mention in the evening's program
  • Introduction prior to the show!

2009 DATES
We have one remaining date this year

Wednesday, December 9th
9:00 p.m.
Prizes, awards!  Join us!

If you missed submitting a film for this year's 2009 OPEN MIC, keep checking back to see our 2010 dates.