Adrenaline Film Project

The 2014 Adrenaline Film Project is presented by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia and supported by the U.Va. Robertson Media Center and the Virginia Production Alliance

“Adrenaline is the best film education you can get in three days.”
–Romulo Alejandro, Adrenaline Film Project 2012 Mentor and 2005 Participant

In Brief

The Adrenaline Film Project is a 72 hour filmmaking competition where 10-12 teams of three filmmakers must write, cast, shoot, edit and screen a film during the Virginia Film Festival. Each phase of production is closely supervised and advised by AFP mentors. The process will culminate in a competitive screening of the finished films and an award ceremony in front of a live audience at the University of Virginia’s Culbreth Theatre on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 9:00 p.m.

The Mentors

This year’s mentors include Adrenaline founder Jeff Wadlow (director/writer of Kick-Ass 2), director Derek Sieg, whose own film “Swedish Auto” opened the 2006 Virginia Film Festival, and acting coach Leigh Kilton-Smith, who most recently worked with Jeff Wadlow on Kick-Ass 2.

In previous years, the film sets of Adrenaline teams have also been visited by guest mentors including legendary director Norman Jewison (Director, In the Heat of the Night), Mark Johnson (Producer, The Chronicles of Narnia), Brad Silberling (Director, Lemony Snicket), Ron Yerxa (Producer, Little Miss Sunshine), and many more!

Participate in the 2014 Adrenaline Film Project

The Deadline …has been EXTENDED! Applications for the 2014 Adrenaline Film Project will be available on Tuesday, September 30. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 22, and selected participants will be notified on Friday, October 24.

The Documents To Enter

How to Submit Your Application


Virginia Film Festival
ATTN: Adrenaline Film Project
PO Box 400869
Charlottesville, VA 22904


617 West Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please be advised that the application fees are non-refundable. Once accepted into the program, each team will be required to pay a supplemental participation fee, with the amount as follows:

  • $80 for current University of Virginia students
  • $100 for previous Adrenaline participants who refer a new team to Adrenaline
  • $130 for non University of Virginia teams and community teams

Applicants must be 18 years or older (unless you are applying through Light House; see below). Each member of the accepted team will also be required to submit a Participant’s Agreement. If you have questions about the Adrenaline Film Project or our application process, please contact [email protected].

Attention High School Students! High School students wishing to participate in this project should enroll through Light House. For details please contact Amanda Patterson at Light House: 434.293.6992 or visit .

Attention Actors! Want to act in films in the Adrenaline Film Project? You could star in a short film projected on the big screen in front of a sold-out audience in a nationally recognized film festival! Have your work seen and considered by guest filmmakers at the top of their field. Collaborate with up-and-coming local filmmakers. Start building your reel. All for just one day’s work! If you are interested in acting for Adrenaline, please check out this casting notice from our casting directors at Arvold Casting. You can also mark your calendar for the Adrenaline Actors Meet and Greet on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Robertson Media Center on the third floor of Clemons Library at the University of Virginia. RSVP and send any questions to [email protected]. Actors should make themselves available for shooting from the afternoon of Thursday, November 6 until the morning of Saturday, November 8.

Attention Composers! We are looking for composers interested in donating a few hours of their time during the morning and early afternoon on Saturday, November 8th to create original music for some of our filmmakers. Composers would not need to be in Charlottesville on that day, but would need to be willing to commit to watching a few minutes of the film and working with the creative team. If interested, please send an email to [email protected].

About the Robertson Media Center

The Robertson Media Center at the University of Virginia Library offers support for new media scholarship to both students and faculty in a state-of-the-art multimedia facility. Staffed by knowledgeable media professionals, the RMC provides consultation and project planning services in such areas as digital imaging, audiovisual production and post-production, physical interactivity, 2D/3D animation, mobile technologies, and visualization.