Film competition in Huntsville aims to grow the Rocket City’s film community

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The Huntsville filmmakers community has grown in the last few years, evidenced by the turnout here at the Rocket City Short Film Festival. (Mike Moorer via Rocket City Short Film Festival)

After a pandemic hiatus, the time has come for the Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo’s 72 Hour Film Competition. This will be a fun family-friendly competition that encourages participation from everyone who wishes to be involved, and looks to boost awareness of the Rocket City’s budding filmmaking scene.

How to enter and how to see the films entered in the contest

All films are due no later than Sunday April 10th at 7PM. The finalists will be shown at the Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo on April 22nd and winners will be announced there. Anyone can enter, so assemble your team and get ready to have a lot of fun.

Entry fee is $40 per team and prizes will be awarded for different categories, as films will be judges on cinematography, editing, sound and other categories.

The contest’s organizer, Alex Gibson, said he hopes competitions like this will help grow the Huntsville filmmakers’ community, a community he has seen increase in size and enthusiasm since he got involved in the scene seven years ago.

With the success of the Rocket City Short Film Festival (now in its 13th year), and a growing number of people in the state getting into the art of making films, Gibson said he hopes the growing film community continues to expand.

“There has been a filmmakers community in Huntsville for years. But in the last five years we have seen that community grow much faster, and become much more active.”

Alex Gibson, Alabama Filmmakers Co-Op

The contest is open to anyone in the US, and the awards show/premiere will be live-streamed for anyone to watch on Facebook. To enter, send an email to

So what’s the deal with the Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo?

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The Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo takes place April 22-24 at the Von Braun Center. (Jacob Blankenship/Hville Blast)

The 2022 Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo, now in its seventh year, is a family-friendly 3-day show at the Von Braun Center starting April 22 in the heart of downtown Huntsville — celebrating “all things comic and pop culture.”

Hours for the Expo are:

  •     Friday 3PM – 8PM
  •     Saturday 10M – 6PM
  •     Sunday 11AM – 5PM

In addition to showing the finalists’ films from the competition, the event will include:

  • Cosplay contests
  • Gaming rooms
  • Discussion panels
  • Charity auction
  • Special celebrity guests (including Lea Thompson, Tom Arnold, Lou Ferrigno, Kevin Eastman and Rob Paulsen)
  • 100+ vendors

Tickets range in price from $25 for a single day ticket to a $150 weekend VIP pass. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Michael Seale
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