Washington, District of Columbia May 4 - 6, 2018

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? May 4 - 6, 2018

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 2019 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 Short Film Corner.

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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Tue, Apr 3
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Apr 24
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, May 4
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DC 48 Hour Film Project Team Build and Meet & Greet

Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand Trunk
Grand Trunk, 641 Indiana Ave NW, 20004 Washington DC

Join us Thursday, March 29th to mingle with fellow filmmakers and friends. This event is a great opportunity to find team members, join a team, or just have fun.

This event will be located at the Grand Trunk restaurant in Washington, DC. The meet and greet will take place on the downstairs level. Grand Trunk is walking distance from the National Mall, Navy Memorial and Penn Quarter. Feel free to join us anytime between 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

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DC 48 Hour Film Project Networking Event

Sat, Apr 14, 2018 @ 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Arlington Independent Media
2701-C Wilson BLVD., Arlington VA 22201

Join us Saturday, April 14th 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 – 3:00pm: Introductions / Sign up
3:00pm – 4pm: Producer Session 
4:00pm – 5:30pm: Meet & Greet

48 Hour Film Project 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 crew member
6. Writing tips
7. How to find actors
8. Q & A

Feel free to join us anytime between 2:30pm – 5:30pm.

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. 

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DC 48 Hour Film Project Screening Event & Team Build Mixer

Sun, Apr 22, 2018 @ 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, Virginia 22301

Join us Sunday April 22nd for a special DC 48 Hour screening and team build mixer event. We will be showing 10 outstanding short films from the 2017 DC 48 Hour Film competitions, including both city winners. This event is also be a mixer and will be a great opportunity to meet team leaders, find cast and crew, or join a team. There will be a Q & A with filmmakers after the screening, which will be a great opportunity to hear first hand about the 48 hour filmmaking experience. 

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Kickoff Event

Fri, May 4, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, May 6, 2018
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Fri, May 18, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Group B: Fri, May 18, 2018 @ 9:45pm
Group C: Sat, May 19, 2018 @ 5:00pm
Group D: Sat, May 19, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Group E: Sat, May 19, 2018 @ 9:45pm
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Best Of Screening

Fri, Jun 22, 2018 @ 7:30pm
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Best of DC 48 Hour Film Project 2018 & Award Ceremony. 

Participating Teams

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

  • 48 hour Time Lords Christopher Winter
  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Bitcoin Accepted Nicholas Lyell
  • CHELSEA’S CLUMP Productions Chelsea Thaler
  • Closet Elvis Productions Marcelo Illarmo
  • Crash of Rhinos Nan Ficca
  • Discordian Films Joe Dzikiewicz
  • Empty Elevator Brianna Lux
  • Fuzzy Pancakes Productions Elizabeth Stuelke
  • Generational Words LLC: Eyes of your Heart Entertainment Kia Reed
  • Glass River Media Kirk Westwood
  • Kingdom Glory Works Kevin Wheeler
  • Liberated Muse Arts Group Khadijah Ali-Coleman
  • Poor Bastard Productions Coleman Lowndes
  • Riegelfilms Quentin Riegel
  • Speed Sloth Kristen Hopkins
  • Team WIFV Melissa Houghton
  • Team Yay Movies! Timothy Allan
  • Tohubohu Productions William Coughlan
  • Unknown Penguin Patrick Flynn

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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