How to Play

SMFL 2016 Gameplay

The Draft:

Depending on how many people are playing, we will have several conferences made up of 6 to 8 players each. Every player will enter the draft with 100 points. There are usually between 45 and 50 wide release movies every summer, but the exact number will change as we get closer to the start (May 6).

The movies will be put up for auction in random order. Each conferences will have a different draft order, due to the randomness. You will only be bidding against the other members of YOUR conference. A record will be kept of everyone’s points and movies, but it is recommended that the individual player keeps track as well (in other words, take your own notes!). Your conference’s auction will end when you go through all the movies or everyone is out of points.

Each week on Monday or Tuesday, the current Box Office totals will be sent out to everyone. As your movies come out, they will make money for your “studio” as long as they are in theaters. On September 6th, the player with the highest DOMESTIC Box Office total from each conference will be declared Conference Champion.

The Weekly Winners:

For every weekend, from May 6 through Labor Day, each player is to pick what movie they think will be declared #1. In other words, pick which movie will have the biggest box office over all the other movies for each week. It does not have to be any of your movies that you bought in the auction, it can be any of the movies out. A sheet will be provided for you to fill out your picks for all 19 weekends. You get a point for each correct guess. Whoever has the most points after 19 weeks, wins! All picks must be turned in before May 6.

The League Championship:

The last part of the game is to decide who is the League Champion of the 2016 SMFL. Whoever among the Conference Champs has the better score in the Weekly Winners, will be declared League Champion! They do not have to win Weekly Winners, although they are not disqualified if they do. They just have to get a better score than the other Champion. The Weekly Winner Champ can still win, even if they are not a Draft Conference Champ.


I don’t know anything about any of the movies coming out, can I still play?

Yes? None of us are Hollywood insiders, we all have access to the same info as you. Just do a little research beforehand and you should be fine. Watch some trailers, check out and you should be fine. We have had people do very well who came in knowing very little, so just go with your gut!

How do I know which movies will be up for auction?

I will provide the list ahead of time, but otherwise just got to and check out the release schedule. It will be every Wide Release movie from May 6 to Sept 5.

What about the small release movies? I’ve heard a lot of buzz about some of them, can I bid on them?

No. The small release movies make thousands compared to the millions made by the wide release movies. It would be a waste of your precious bidding points.

Do I have to see the movies I bid on?

What? No. Your $15 is not going to effect the box office total in the millions.

What happens if I win a movie but then it gets bumped from the schedule?

Nothing. Treat it like you lost a player to an injury. You do not get another movie or any compensation.

That didn’t even occur to me until I read that last question, do movies get bumped often?

Sometimes. We usually lose about 3 or 4 movies a Summer. They get moved to a later date or pulled entirely. Sometimes they were never going to come out on that date to begin with, the studio just put it there as a placeholder. Beware of this especially with the end of August! We really have no way of knowing until the Summer starts. Most of the time, it won’t be for any big movies, but it has happened. G.I. Joe got pulled because they wanted to render it into 3D to make more money and Jupiter Ascending got pulled because… well, who knows, that movie was weird.

Do I have to be there for the draft? Can I autodraft?

Yes. If you aren’t at the draft, then you can’t pick your movies. We don’t have any autodraft capabilities at this time, unfortunately.

Could I draft through Skype or something?

That might be possible. If we get enough people who can’t make it to the draft, we might set up at Skype Conference. We would need 6 to 8 people, same as the other groups. We won’t know until everyone signs up. For now, just sign up and make a note that you know you won’t be able to make it to the draft. If it doesn’t work out, then maybe next year!

Can I trade movies with anyone after we draft?

I don’t see why you would want to. You don’t really know how well a movie does until after it is out. If it does poorly, I don’t think anyone would want to trade with you.