Chicago, Illinois August 25 - 27, 2017

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Chicago and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours! Teams of filmmakers have a single weekend - this one - to write, shoot and edit their short films! All completed entries will be unveiled on the big screen, at our premiere screenings.

Here are some important notes for 48HFP filmmakers:

  • Elements: The required elements for Chicago will be listed on this page after kickoff.
  • Media: You must submit your film according to the formats listed lower on this page.
  • Documents: You must submit releases for all team members, all music, all locations, and any other copyrighted material, as well as a team leader's agreement, a roster, and a certification statement. These forms can be downloaded from on our Production Documents page.
  • Rules: You should make sure that your film complies with our Filmmaking Rules and Competition Rules. If you have questions about the rules, the best place to go is our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 48HFP Hotline: If you have a question during the filmmaking weekend, call the 48HFP Hotline. The number is on the Kickoff Info Sheet that your team representative was given at the kickoff. If you email us, you will probably not receive an answer in time, so please call.
  • Dropoff: Your film must be dropped off at the location listed on this page.

Be safe! Make great films! Good luck!


Elements Genres FAQs


Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264 (preferred), any native Final Cut Pro Codec, any native Premiere Codec, Apple ProRES
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data DVD
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred), Standard (4:3)

Registration Fees

  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Aug 25
Team capacity has been reached.
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Required Elements

    Announced at Kickoff

Kickoff Event

Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Magnanimous Media Studio Two
2255 South Michigan Avenue 2E, Chicago 60616

Magnanimous Media's Second Studio on South Michigan Avenue, filmmakers please note this is a NEW kickoff and drop-off location!


Entrance on 23rd Street.

Dropoff Event

Sun, Aug 27, 2017 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Magnanimous Media Studio Two
2255 South Michigan Avenue 2E, Chicago 60616

Magnanimous Media's Second Studio on South Michigan Avenue, filmmakers please note this is a NEW kickoff and drop-off location!


Entrance on 23rd Street.

Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $14.00 USD
Group A: Sun, Sep 10, 2017 @ 4:30pm
Group B: Sun, Sep 10, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Group C: Sun, Sep 10, 2017 @ 8:30pm
Group D: Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Group E: Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 9:00pm
Music Box Theater
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago 60613

Best Of Screening

Tickets: $14.00 USD
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Music Box Theater
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago 60613

Screening Groups

Group A Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 4:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • CLA_Pro. Carroll Furlough
  • Definition Studios Richard E. Calk III
  • Film Liberation Front doug snider
  • Neon 35 Josh Woo
  • Nine Helm Samuel Haines
  • Reggie's Mac Payton
  • S.A.F Films Mark Peamchareon
  • Second Shift Media Daniel Pourroy
  • Spoken Wheel House Michael Sacco
  • The Revenge Enthusiasts Craig Bass
  • Up-and-Coming Puppy Mill Amanda Speva

Group B Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • 72 Hour Squad Susan Cao
  • Alley Cake Films Erik Scanlon
  • B.T.R.C gavin weitzer
  • BSPfilm Matthew Gifford
  • Chicago Film Department 7 Ronny Carlson
  • Concise Impression Cameron Glavin
  • Good Land Media trever siegman
  • Ledbetter Productions Alex Braun
  • Mines Entertainment Christopher Mines
  • Sundog Studios Amy Powell
  • Young Urban Productions Ciracelia Cuellar

Group C Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 8:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • 812 Productions/Subjective Truth Pictures Michael Cabrera
  • Angry Tree Films JC Farris
  • Backfire Films Brian Vasquez
  • CB Entertainment Stephen Hatch
  • Dario Hill Productions Dario Hill
  • Kalopsia Films Carroll Cullerton
  • McCalhoun, Danbury, and Wine RFD. Nick Young
  • Perfunctory Pictures Dennis Latimer
  • Smoking Dog Productions Johnathan Miller
  • Under Produced Kyle Moorhouse
  • West Endians, Inc. Peter Davis

Group D Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • [REDACTED] Media Chad Halvorsen
  • Aspire Productions Benjamin Young
  • BearCat Productions Hannah Ii-Epstein
  • Bouncing Tiger Studios Blaine Childers
  • Cheevies Film Productions Derek Braasch
  • Kick A Rock Sergio Torres
  • Reel Stuff Eric Irvin
  • Soldier Bear Entertainment Jaime Coates
  • Team S'mores Alex Srednoselac
  • Time, A Flat Circle Tim Ferrari
  • Visual Disturbance Productions Michael Liacone

Group E Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 9:00pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • (555) 555-5555 Kevin Hricik
  • Back 40 Productions Mitch Apley
  • Big Foot Media Tim Whalen
  • Falling Light Entertainment Evan Frystak
  • Lesser James James Wightman
  • Midwest Madhat Productions Thomas Awrey
  • Oligo Productions Cairnan Duffy
  • Saint Nick Al Adducci
  • SGS Releasing Patrick O'Sullivan
  • Ugly Sweater Entertainment Spiro Siavelis
  • WeeCookies Productions Rachel Kurasz

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