Welcome to the 48HFP
Are you a director, actor, editor, shooter, or audio ninja just itching to practice your craft? Professionals, pre-professionals or hobbyists - this is what you have been waiting for.
The 48 Hour Film Project is an opportunity for filmmakers of all levels to practice your craft - to make a film in a weekend and have it screen before an audience at your local theater.
How It Works
It sounds simple: Make a film in 48 hours - 2 days - one weekend. Here’s the catch - you don’t know the genre of your film until right before the clock starts ticking!
First begin putting a team together and register for the 48HFP in your city.
Next after registering, you will receive a series of emails with information and tips for a successful event. During the lead up to the Project, teams recruit their cast and crew, scout locations and pull their gear together - putting everything in place for the filmmaking weekend.
Friday Night Kickoff
The 48 Hour Film Project weekend starts on a Friday night with the Kickoff Event for your city. At the Kickoff:
- Each team receives the genre for its film in a random drawing
- Then the required elements are announced - a character, a prop and a line of dialogue - each of which must appear in all films
Then it is off to the races!! Filmmakers have just 48 hours to write, shoot and edit their film.
Film Weekend: 48 Hours of Non-Stop Action
Most teams schedule their weekend like this:
- Friday Night: Writing the script, gathering costumes and props
- Saturday: Production - this is the shoot
- Sunday: Editing and Dropoff - it’s time to complete your film as the minutes tick down
Sunday Night Dropoff
At the Dropoff Event, teams submit their film along with the required paperwork. But don’t be late! One minute late is too late to be eligible for awards - but all films are screened.
Premiere Screening: Your Film on the Big Screen
The culmination of all your hard work is a screening of your film at a local theater. All submitted films (both late and on-time) will be screened!
Filmmakers experience the thrill of seeing their creative work on the big screen in front of an audience. An opportunity you don't want to miss!Judging & Prizes After the 48
Ready to Get Started?1. Find Your City
2. Join Our Email List
3. Put Your Team Together
4. Think of a Team Name
5. Register Your Team
Find Us on Facebook
Don’t forget to join your city’s Facebook page to keep up with the latest news and events.
Assembling Your Team
You only need a few key people on board to sign up your team. Where can you find other teammates? Friends & Family, Craig's List, Facebook, Twitter!
In the US we have an online database of potential teammates called Castlisting.com. You get access to this as a team leader once you register.
Your city's webpage will let you know about upcoming networking events - a great place to find teammates.• more info
SAG-AFTRA Team Members
SAG-AFTRA does allow its members to participate in 48 hour films, but this entails additional paperwork and distribution restrictions.
Some local musicians, bands & composers may be willing to let you use their work in your film because it creates additional exposure for their talents.
Films, Films & More Films
To date more than 50,000 films have been made for the 48 Hour Film Project.