Lights, camera, creativity –
and a whole lot more!

Calling all young visionaries to embark on a blockbuster journey with Destination Imagination’s Team Film Challenge!

In this filmmaking adventure, students will discover the power of their own creativity and work together as a team to turn their imagination into a force for ingenious problem-solving and storytelling.

What's in Store for Teams

Explore Filmmaking Elements

From crafting compelling narratives to mastering the nuances of cinematography, sound, mise-en-scène, and editing, teams will immerse themselves in the diverse aspects of filmmaking.

No special equipment is required. If it can record audio and video, you’re good to go!

Ignite Creativity

Unleash your team’s imagination! Our Team Film Challenge encourages out-of-the-box thinking, fostering an environment where creativity knows no bounds. 

Problem-Solving at its Core

Teams will base their films on a unique challenge to solve, encouraging innovative solutions and showcasing the power of teamwork. The catch? They have just 8 weeks to make it happen!

See below for the complete schedule!

Shared Vision

The challenge encourages teams to collaboratively define their narrative, ensuring that every voice is heard and every idea contributes to the overarching story. It’s not just a film; it’s a collective vision.

Everyone's Invited!

From elementary school to university, all students are welcome to join the fun! Teams can consist of 2-7 members and will enter their solution in one of four levels:

  • Elementary (grades 3-5)
  • Middle (grades 6-8)
  • Secondary (grades 9-12)
  • University


Teams may consist of students from different levels but must enter their solution at the level of their oldest student.

Friendly Competition

While teams compete for top honors, the real victory lies in the global impact of storytelling. Share your narrative, learn from others, and contribute to the rich tapestry of creativity that spans continents.

Winners will be announced in December 2024 during an epic Awards Ceremony. 

2024 Challenge Preview

2024 TFC Challenge Cover

It’s the zaniest crime of the century! What ridiculous thing will your team attempt to steal when you undertake a high-stakes heist? Use your team’s strengths to your advantage as you mastermind your plan. Don’t get caught as you steal the show in this year’s Team Film Challenge!

For this Challenge, your team will:

  • Create and present a story about a Dream Team that plans and carries out a Heist of something outrageous, ridiculous, and/or silly.
  • Include a specialized skill and/or talent that helps the Dream Team during the Heist.
  • Include a scene that builds suspense when at least one member of the Dream Team is almost caught.
  • Use Split Screen to enhance the Video Presentation.
  • Create and present one Team Choice Element that shows off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.


Ready to roll? Then grab your popcorn, rally your squad, and join us for our Team Film Challenge! Registration is open, and the competition kicks off on September 13. Registration closes on September 5. 

Inside the U.S.



Per Team

*Additional Team Manager Background Check cost may apply. See our Background Check page for more details.

Outside the U.S.



**Prices for Team Film Challenge teams outside the U.S. can be found here. Price will be based on the purchaser’s home country.

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SEPTEMBER 13 - December 12

March 1

Registration Opens

Registration opens on March 1. Entry spots are limited!

July 17


All teams are required to have a Team Number in order to participate in the Team Film Challenge. Team Numbers will be issued beginning July 17.  Teams that register prior to July 17 will receive their Team Numbers on this date.  

Team Manager background checks (required for US teams only) will also be made available for purchase starting July 17. Educators with current background checks may use our Background Check waiver to avoid purchasing a new background check.

Team registration and Team Manager background checks must be completed in order to access the Challenge on September 13. 

September 5


This is the last day to purchase your registration, complete the Team Manager background check, and have all Team Member forms completed.

September 13

Challenge Release & Clarifications

Download the Challenge and get to work! If your team has questions about the Challenge, they may ask for a Clarification.

October 27

Clarifications Close

Make sure all of your Clarification questions are submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT.

November 6

Solution Submission

All teams must have their solutions submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT.


Appeals Deadline

Teams will have received their raw scores by November 19 and will have until 11:59 p.m. PT on November 21 to make any appeal to their raw scores.

December 12

Awards Ceremony

Join us for a special online awards ceremony hosted on our exclusive digital film festival platform.


Not sure which option is right for you? Our chatbot at the bottom of our site can help or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


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Digital Open Archived Results

The Team Film Challenge was previously named Digital Open.
Thanks to all the teams who have participated in Digital Open.