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News from the Adrenaline Film Project

As of September 6, 2018, Light House Studio has taken over of the ownership and management of the Adrenaline Film Project. The shift in ownership allows Light House Studio to bring its filmmaking education expertise to Adrenaline, which was co-founded in 2004 by noted director and Charlottesville native Jeff Wadlow. Adrenaline will take a hiatus in the Fall of 2018 and return in 2019. The Virginia Film Festival will continue to provide a platform for screening the completed Adrenaline Film Project films each year.

For more information on the transfer of ownership, please see our press release here.

For future updates on the Adrenaline Film Project, visit lighthousestudio.org or the Adrenaline Facebook Page.

Questions? Email the Virginia Film Festival at info@virginiafilmfestival.org.

2017 AFP Archival Information

The Adrenaline Film Project is a highly-caffeinated filmmaking competition where 12 teams of three filmmakers write, cast, shoot, edit and screen a film in just 72 hours.  Interested teams apply to participate each year, and after a competitive application review, the top twelve teams are chosen to participate.

Each participating team works alongside professional mentors throughout the 72 hour competition, and each phase of production will be closely supervised and advised.  Mentors assign teams a genre, line of dialogue, and prop that they must incorporate into 3-5 minute original film.

At the end of the 72 hour competition, all completed films premiered at a competitive and lively screening and awards presentations on Saturday, October 21 at 7:00 PM at The Paramount Theater.

2017 AFP Mentors: Charlottesville native and acclaimed filmmaker Jeff Wadlow, who co-founded AFP and wrote and directed True Memoirs of an International Assassin and Kick Ass 2, will return as lead mentor. Wadlow will be joined by three-time Adrenaline alum Ben Haslup, who produces specials on National Geographic and The Discovery Channel, including some of the highest rated Shark Week episodes of all time, and Han West, a UVA alum who produced Lemon and Oh Lucy!. See below for full bios of our talented mentors!

Want a behind the scenes look at Adrenaline? View our 72 Hours in 5 Minutes short film!

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

2017 AFP Schedule

Please see below for an outline of the 2017 AFP schedule.

  • Friday, October 6: Teams Notified
  • Tuesday, October 17: Actors Meet and Greet
  • Wednesday, October 18: AFP Kick-Off
  • Saturday, October 21: Adrenaline Screening at The Paramount Theater at 7:00 PM with audience voting and a live award ceremony
  • Sunday, October 22: Wrap Up Meeting
  • Sunday, Nov 12: AFP Reprise Screening at 11:00 AM at Violet Crown


2017 AFP Perks & Awards

Each participating team received the following in 2017:

  • Ten complimentary screening tickets to cover three team members plus cast + crew
  • Ten complimentary post-screening reception tickets to cover three team member plus cast + crew
  • All completed 2017 AFP films will be re-screened during the 2017 Virginia Film Festival

VFF to offer award winning teams the following:

  • Industry Badges to the 2017 VFF, gaining them access to the Filmmakers & Sponsors Lounge + complimentary tickets to VFF screenings + parties. Note: one badge will be offered to each of the three filmmakers
  • Cash Prizes awarded as follows: $1,000 for jury award winner; $1,000 prize for mentor award; $1,000 prize for audience award; $500 for acting award. Note: a single cash prize will be offered to each winning team not per team member

2017 Application Archive

Applications for the 2017 Adrenaline Film Project are now closed.

The Documents Required To Enter

  • 2017 AFP Application (no longer accepting submissions)
  • 2017 Participant Agreement (no longer accepting submissions) 
  • Short film directed by one of the participants (10 minutes max), screener link to be included in Entry Form
  • $20 application fee in the form of a check made payable to UVA-Virginia Film Festival (to be supplemented by the additional participation fee if the team is selected for the Project.)

How to Submit Your Entry Fee

By Mail at Adrenaline Film Project, Virginia Film Festival, PO Box 400869, Charlottesville, VA 22904

In-Person at 617 West Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (Open M-F, between the hours of  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

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

Each member of the accepted team will also be required to submit a Participant’s Agreement.


2017 High School Students in AFP

High school students wishing to participate in Adrenaline now have two options to apply.

  1. Are you an individual high school student without an adult mentor? Apply through Light House Studio, Charlottesville’s award-winning nonprofit filmmaking center for youth. If selected Light House Studio will pair you with a High School team and an experienced filmmaker adult mentor as well as offer you access to video equipment and transportation.
  2. Are you a team of high school students with an adult chaperone? Apply through the Adrenaline Film Project’s public call for applications.  Note: High School teams not applying through Light House Studio are required to provide a dedicated adult chaperones to supervise the team throughout the 72 hour filmmaking competition. All prospective high school teams and their adult chaperone must gain pre-approval by a VFF staff member to apply before submitting their application. To arrange a consultation, please contact Erica Barnes at 434-982-4543 or eb4va@virginia.edu

Please note, adult chaperones of high school teams must:

  1. Be at least 25 years old
  2. Be present to supervise the team in person during the entire 72 hour filmmaking competition – any time, day or night!
  3. Coordinate and provide transportation for all team members
  4. Be knowledgeable of filmmaking techniques and tools

2017 Actors in AFP

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!

2017 Call for Actors

2017 Composers in AFP

What’s a great film without music? That’s where you come in! AFP is seeking musicians to work with the filmmakers to compose music that compliments their original work during post-production. In a matter of two days, your music could be heard on the big screen in front of a live audience at a nationally recognized film festival!

2017 Composer Interest Form

2017 Mentors

Jeff Wadlow, Adrenaline founder & VFF Advisory Board Member

Currently, Jeff is in post-production on Truth or Dare, a screenplay he wrote and directed for Jason Blum and Universal Studios. Prior to this, he wrote and directed True Memoirs of an International Assassin, a Netflix original movie starring Kevin James and Andy Garcia. His preceding action comedy, Kick Ass 2, was named one of the ten best films of the year by Quentin Tarantino. While prepping that movie, Jeff developed and executive produced Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, in addition to writing the feature film X-Men/Deadpool spin-off, X-Force.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and a Charlottesville native, Jeff Wadlow received his master’s degree from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, where he conceived and directed his thesis film, tHE tOWeR oF BabBLe which took top prize in the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival. Jeff used the million-dollar grant to make his first feature, Cry Wolf. His next feature Never Back Down, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou, beat out big-budget competition to win “Best Fight” at the MTV Movie Awards.  In television, Jeff helped to launch the Emmy-nominated series, Bates Motel, and later wrote and produced the final season of The Strain.

For the last fourteen years, Jeff has returned to his hometown to lead The Adrenaline Film Project, a program he founded. Through Adrenaline, Jeff has helped produce more than two hundred short films, personally mentoring over six hundred aspiring filmmakers.ontent goes here.


Ben Haslup, Adrenaline alum

Ben Haslup is a Charlottesville native and three-time Adrenaline alum. He credits his award winning 2006 Adrenaline short Taste of Evil, a film noir set inside a refrigerator that featured a cast of condiments, with landing him his first job in the industry working for America’s Most Wanted. At AMW, he was eventually promoted to segment producer and recreation director. Several of his stories drew tips that led to the capture of multiple fugitives, including a murderer from a decades old cold case that happened in his college town of Harrisonburg, VA. Go Dukes!

After America’s Most Wanted, Ben continued down the road of non-fiction programming. He’s produced, written, directed, and edited for multiple specials and series that have aired on National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and more. His primary areas of expertise are true crime and wildlife specials, including some of the highest rated SHARK WEEK episodes of all time and, one of his favorites, a special for NatGeo Wild about a coalition of three lion brothers in South Africa. He’s also worked on many independent projects, including several music videos and short films, including the ‘Black Mirror’-esque short VIPS, an official selection of the 2011 Gotham Film Festival in NYC.

Ben Haslup is currently editing & producing the second season of People Magazine Investigates, a hit true crime series that airs on Investigation Discovery. His other recent work includes writing & editing a documentary about Los Angeles’ infamous Hillside Stranglers and editing & producing the 2017 SHARK WEEK special Shark School with Michael Phelps.


Han West, Adrenaline alum

Han West is the founder and principal producer of Meridian Content, a feature film and commercial production company based in Los Angeles. His feature film producing credits include LEMON, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was recently released by Magnolia Pictures. The film was written and directed by Janicza Bravo and stars Brett Gelman (co-writer), Michael Cera, Judy Greer, Shiri Appleby, and Nia Long. He also produced OH LUCY!, which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in the Critics Week section. The film was written and directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi and stars Shinobu Terajima and Josh Hartnett.

In the commercials sector, his client list includes Jeep, AT&T, Princess Cruises, and Timberland to name a few. He has a Master of Fine Arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia and a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies with a minor in English from U.Va. (’07). He and his wife, Sarah Myers West (’08), were married in Charlottesville at Keswick Vineyards in 2014.