Washington, District of Columbia June 23 - 25, 2017

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? June 23 - 25, 2017

The challenge? To make a film in only 48 hours!

Filmmakers from all over the Washington, DC area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2018 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Court Métrage.


What's so special about the 48 Hour Film Project?

The 48HFP challenges

your team to write, shoot, edit, score and a short

film in only 48 hours. You will be assigned two random genres and you must shoot your

film using either, or both, of the genres. Each city will be

assigned its own set of elements - character, prop and line of dialogue.


Genres Elements FAQs


Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Tue, May 30
  • Regular: $178 USD/team ends Tue, Jun 13
  • Late: $198 USD/team ends Fri, Jun 23
Register Your Team Now!Looking to Join a Team?

DC 48 Hour Film Project Networking Event

Sat, Jun 3, 2017 @ 2:30pm
Arlington Independent Media
2701-C Wilson BLVD., Arlington VA 22201

Join us Saturday, June 3rd to mingle with fellow filmmakers and friends. This event is a great opportunity to find a team and/or form a team and learn more about the 48-hour film project. We will be giving filmmaking tips, gear advice and information on how to navigate your 48-hour experience. 

2:30pm – 3:15pm: Introductions / Meet & Greet 
3:15pm – 4pm: Producer Session 
4pm – 5pm: Meet & Greet / Sign up 

Producer Session Topics will include: 
1. 48-hour rules of the competition. 
2. What you need to know to lead your own team. 
3. Finding the right gear for your team. 
4. How to manage your team. 
5. How to operate on a team as a crewmember. 
6. Writing tips.
7. How to find actors. 
8. Q & A. 

This event will take place at Arlington Independent Media. Also known as AIM. 
The address is 2701-C Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201. Although the address is on Wilson Boulevard, the main entrance is on Danville Street. The closets Metro Stations are Courthouse and Clarendon on the Orange and Silver lines. Feel free to join us anytime between 2:30pm – 5pm.

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jun 23, 2017 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jun 25, 2017
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Thu, Jul 13, 2017
Group B: Thu, Jul 13, 2017
Group C: Fri, Jul 14, 2017
Group D: Fri, Jul 14, 2017
Group E: Sat, Jul 15, 2017
Group F: Sat, Jul 15, 2017
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Participating Teams

Here are some of the teams that will be making a short film for Washington in only 48 hours.

  • A Better Tomorrow Productions Vincent Brown
  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Archaeological Illusion Jiayi Lu
  • Bitcoin Accepted Nicholas Lyell
  • Cinema Murcielago Richard Benjumea
  • DinoRocket? John Grimm
  • Discordian Films Joe Dzikiewicz
  • Dupont Circle Pictures Thomas Jennings
  • Frozen Penguin Productions Kevin Finkelstein
  • Just Mezin Justin Mezetin
  • Lingering Sky Aiden Ettlinger
  • Mysterical Guy Sherr
  • Plan R Films Ian D'Amelia
  • Red Bathroom Productions Andy Weishaar
  • Shrug Productions Erica Rowe
  • Tryka Film Coalition David Stern
  • Two Proof Films Mike Watkins
  • Unknown Penguin Patrick Flynn
  • Untouchable Films Adam Patterson
  • We Have This! Sarah Olscamp
  • WIFV Melissa Houghton

Films from Previous Years


DC is the birthplace of the 48HFP!

In May of 2001, Mark Ruppert (Creator/ Executive Producer), Liz Langston (Co-Founder/ Executive Producer) and Christina Ruppert (Director of Operations) were all part of the team The Big Ouch. It was one of 10 teams in the inaugural 48 Hour Film Project and the required prop was a severed body part.

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