The Vista Foundation 48-hour mini filmmaking challenge attracted over 2000 teams this weekend, compared to just 500 last year.
National Manager Ruth Korver said it was exciting to have so many teams, both new and old, to the competition.
"We've made the cost free because we managed to get some sponsorship on board so I think that meant a lot more people entered than normally would. There's also nothing else to do, and people are bored."
After having to postpone due to the nationwide lockdown, the organisers devised a mini competition for the meantime.
"We got a few questions from teams saying 'hey, could we run a mini-competition in lockdown because that would be fun' and we had sort of been thinking about it and after talking to a couple of sponsors decided it would be a good idea."
Just like the annual competition, contestants had to write, shoot, cut and deliver a film up to three minutes long, all in just 48 hours. Teams didn't find out their genre until the start of the competition and had to include some random elements.
Ruth said the biggest challenge for organisers would be going through all the films due to the massive increase in teams.