Open Mic Short Night May 2022 Theme: Obstructions @ the SMC Theater

Wed May 25 2022 at 07:30 pm to 11:00 pm

The Secret Movie Club Theater | LOS ANGELES

Secret Movie Club
Publisher/HostSecret Movie Club
Open Mic Short Night May 2022 Theme: Obstructions  @ the SMC Theater
Open Mic Short Night May 2022 Theme: Obstructions @ the SMC Theater
About this Event


Part of our OPEN MIC SHORT NIGHT series! Wednesday, May 25, 2022

LOCATION: The Secret Movie Club Theater, 1917 Bay Street, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90021

*Please note entrance/parking is actually in the back of the building. Make a right on Wilson Street, then a right behind the building. We’re the first set of black steps after the big gate. We’ll have staff to help guide/park you.

730pm OPEN MIC SHORT NIGHT MAY 2022. COMPETITION THEME: Obstructions (35mm, 16mm, & digital shorts)

SPECIAL NOTE: One representative from each filmmaking team interested in participating in the May 2022 Open Mic Short Night competition are asked to attend our Wed May 4, 2022 8p screening of THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS as each team will be picking an "obstruction" from a bowl (without being able to see what it is until it has been picked) at the end of the night. The Open Mic Short Night competition theme for May 2022 is "Obstructions".

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will welcome all short submissions as long as they follow the basic rules. However, we hope and encourage those moviemakers who are up for the challenge to make a movie (on the theme: OBSTRUCTIONS) between Wednesday, May 4, 2022 (when each team will pick an "obstruction") and Wednesday, May 25, 2022 when we screen the shorts. Those who do will be put in the running to win the "Secret Movie Club Short of the Month" award & 2 complimentary tickets for all our events through August 2022! PLUS we'll do a video interview with the filmmaker and blast the winning short to our 50K+ audience.

The optional theme for MAY 2022 is "obstruction." However, this month, each team will pick the "Obstruction" on Wed, May 4, 2022 after our 8p screening of Lars Von Trier's THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS.

Competition shorts have to be 10 minutes or fewer to be put into competition.

Finally, we want and encourage everyone to still submit their shorts even if they aren't on the theme or were made a long time ago. These nights are community builders for moviemakers and movielovers. So submit your short even if it's not in competition.


***ALL AUDIENCE are still required to show proof of vaccination at the door. PLEASE HAVE YOUR VIRTUAL OR PHYSICAL VACCINATION CARD READY BEFORE ENTERING THE THEATER. If you have an exemption, please have proof of a negative PCR level COVID test within 3 days of the screening.

***As of April 1, 2022, masks are now optional for indoor theater events if you're fully vaccinated. Anyone with a vaccination exemption can still attend as long as they have proof of a RT-PCR level negative Covid test ( within 72 hours of the event) but will be required to wear a mask. We will continue to update our protocols with the dynamic situation.


1)PLEASE BRING YOUR VACCINATION CARD (digital cards accepted).

2)PRE-ORDER ANY CONCESSIONS OR MOVIE MERCHANDISE you would like from the additional Add-Ons. You can pick up all concessions & merchandise at our tables in our lobby prior to the screening.

We will be able to sell concessions & merchandise at the theater. But it will make everything much quicker and easier if you pre-order!

3)PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ANYONE EXHIBITING COVID OR FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS AT THE DOOR, WILL BE OFFERED COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS TO A FUTURE SHOW AND ASKED TO RETURN WHEN HEALTHY. So please, if you’re feeling sick, just write us at [email protected] and we’ll offer your complimentary tickets to a future screening when you’re healthy. Let’s all do our part to beat this thing so we can go back to the complete movie going experience!

For folks who want to compete in our monthly "Open Mic Short Challenge" where the winner gets 2 comp tickets to all our events through August 2022 AND a video interview and their short blasted out to our 40K+ audience must follow these rules:

1)Shorts must be made between May 4, 2022 when obstructions are picked and May 25, 2022 when shorts are screened. So no "pre-existing" shorts on this topic. We want you to go out there and make something! We will host other nights for pre-existing shorts.

2)Shorts must be 10mns or fewer to be entered into the competition.

3)We will fill up the remainder of program with pre-existing shorts on a "first submitted, first confirmed" basis. Submit your completed short to [email protected] PLEASE PUT IN YOUR HEADING: MAY 2022 OPEN MIC SHORT NIGHT SHORT SUBMISSION + the title of your movie.

Also, please include contact info & social media handles for your cast/crew so other moviemakers at the event can network with you so we can grow our film community and make great work!

4)We encourage shorts of all kinds (so we're still accepting shorts on other topics made a long time ago, they'll just be out of competition) and want these nights to be democratic. The only shorts we'll have to turn down automatically are those that are intentionally demeaning with no clear artistic purpose or merit. Other than that, your short can be as provocative as you want it to be. As long as the artistic intent is clear.

5)All filmmakers will be notified if their non-competition short made the cut by May 15, 2022 so they can invite friends, get word out. If we get enough submissions, we will add a 2nd night of shorts.

All filmmakers in competition will be confirmed based on their attendance Wed May 5, 2022 to pick their obstruction.

There is no cost to submit. All chosen movies come with 2 comp tickets to the event. We just ask that everyone else attending the ACTUAL NIGHT pay $10/ticket so we can cover our overhead/projection/theater costs so we can do more and more events like these! We'll have wine, beer, concessions, food to make the night a blast.

If you have any further questions, write us at: [email protected]

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Founder.Programmer



We can offer refunds up to 24 hours before showtime. Please request a refund through Eventbrite and we will process ASAP. After that, no refunds. Sorry.

However if something last minute comes up and you can’t make the screening, for whatever reason, just write us at: [email protected] and we’ll offer you complimentary tickets to a future screening.


We recommend that you park just outside our theater. Remember our theater is actually in a beautiful street art alleyway in the back of the 1917 Bay Street building. You get to our entrance by taking a right on Wilson, then a right behind the building. We are the first set of black steps on the right after the big gate.

We will have a staff member on duty to monitor all cars parked in the street-art alleyway at our entrance.

There is also a parking lot at the corner of Mateo and Violet Street, just 2 blocks from our theater, which costs $7 per car.


You can follow us on Facebook: @secretmovieclub35mm or Instagram/Twitter: @secretmovieclub

You can also subscribe to our weekly email newsletter by writing us at [email protected] and using the header “SUBSCRIBE ME TO NEWSLETTER”.


You can always email us at [email protected] with any other questions, concerns, thoughts, recommendations.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The Secret Movie Club Theater, 1917 BAY ST, LOS ANGELES, United States


USD 1.00 to USD 10.00

Sharing is Caring: