Mad Film Dash project
Prince Kong, the gorilla mascot of Mad Film Dash project, beckons participants.

More than 75 teams of UC Irvine students will vie for prizes and recognition at the 5th Annual 24-Hour Mad Film Dash awards ceremony, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Student Center’s Crystal Cove Auditorium.

The Mad Film Dash, an annual, 24-hour short-film competition organized by the UCI Bookstore and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, showcases the talents of amateur student filmmakers. This year, the competition began at midnight Friday, Feb. 20. The 350 participants had to shoot, edit and produce a film no more than five minutes long by midnight Saturday, Feb. 21. Submissions were judged by alumni and faculty from the film and media department.

The March 3 ceremony will feature a screening of the 25 highest-scoring films and the presentation of awards for best picture and best achievement in acting, editing, story concept, direction and use of a required prop.

Those attending the free event will get to vote for a People’s Choice Award.