Cleveland Horror Film Elements

Everything begins with the Kickoff Event on Friday night where you will draw a genre out of a hat and receive your required elements.

In each city, at the Kickoff Event, we will assign a character, weapon and location. These elements must appear in your film in some way. All teams will have the same required elements.
  • The required Character and Weapon must be seen on-screen.
  • To qualify as an "Official 48 Hour Film", each group's film must be in the genre it selects and must contain all required elements within the official time limit and prior to the credits.


Here are some examples from previous years:


  • Fred or Frieda VanStrunken, Exchange Student
  • Molly or Mike Murray, Illustrator
  • John or Janice Simon, Equestrian


  • a butter knife
  • a baseball bat
  • a piece of rope


  • an alley
  • a kitchen
  • backseat of a car

Every second counts...
...when you have 48 hours to make a film!