Gentlemen (and ladies!) start your engines, er, cameras. Film Racing is coming soon to a city near you. Here's how it works: teams meet at a noon at a predetermined location, where they receive a theme and a "surprise element" that must be included in their film. Then they have 12 hours to write, shoot, edit and score a short film no more than four minutes long. A few days later, all the films from that city will screen at a local theater, and winners will be announced and awarded fab prizes.

The Seattle International Film Festival does something similar every year with their Fly Filmmaking fun, and it's always one of the more enjoyable parts of that fest. If you're a filmmaker, and you'd like to try your hand at making a film in half a day, you'll find The Rules and everything else you need to know over on the official Film Racing website. Boston and NYC are accepting registration now, and Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Portland, OR and San Francisco (What? No Seattle? C'mon, guys ...) are coming soon, so get with your filmmaking pals and start pulling equipment together.

And hey, if you decide to pull together a team, drop us a line and let us know so we can root for you from the sidelines!