The 48 Hour Film Project

What should I do with my film?

Many filmmakers wonder what to do with their films after the 48HFP. Our suggestion is do what you would do with any film—get it out there! Enter it into festivals, play it in public screenings, upload it to websites, get it on television, and show it to anyone you can. In the meantime, we'll put your film on 48.tv and maybe put it on a DVD compilation or screen it theatrically.

Because the 48HFP is constantly working on distribution outlets for the films, especially in the first year, our Team Leader's Agreement does restrict what you can do and when you can do it. Confused about how this all works? Check out the table below. (If you used SAG actors in your film, look at this table instead. If your film was part of a second-round competition, invitational, shootout, or showdown, Contact Us.)

Note that this is simply a description of the rights, based on the 2014 Team Leader's Agreement. For questions or further clarification, please refer to the Agreement.

What can I do with my film?  
films without SAG actors

When?First 12 MonthsAfter 12 Months
Screen at festivalsYesYes
Screen at local film eventsYesYes
Post to your own websitesee note 1see note 1
Post to a third-party website
(YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, etc.)
see note 1see note 1
Include on reels and DVDs see note 2Yes
Screen theatricallysee note 3Yes
Show on televisionsee note 3Yes
Show on cable accesssee note 3Yes
Sell your film in any way
(This supercedes anything above.)
(see below)

1. You may post to your own or third-party websites if your film does not have SAG actors and if you open your movie with our slate or a title card that says, "This film made for the 48 Hour Film Project 2014."

2. For the first year after your city's 48HFP, you may include your film on a DVD compilation or a professional reel only if you are offering it for free.

3. For the first year after your city's 48HFP, you must get permission from the 48HFP to screen your film theatrically or to put it on television. Here's how to contact the 48HFP.

What can I do with my film?  
films with SAG actors

When?First 12 MonthsAfter 12 Months
Screen at festivalsYesYes
Screen at local film eventssee note 4see note 4
Post to your own websitesee note 5see note 5
Post to a third-party website
(YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, etc.)
see note 6see note 6
Include on reels and DVDs see notes 2 & 4see note 4
Screen theatricallysee notes 3 & 4see note 4
Show on televisionsee notes 3 & 4see note 4
Show on cable accesssee note 7see note 4
Sell your film in any way
(This supercedes anything above.)
(see below)

4. You must obtain permission from SAG to do these things. Contact SAG directly for permission. This may involve paying your actors.

5. You may show the film on your website if your SAG performers all signed the SAG-AFTRA Internet Use Rider. Otherwise, you must obtain permission from SAG. (Contact SAG directly for permission.) Also, you must open your movie with a title card that says, "This film made for the 48 Hour Film Project 2014."

6. You must obtain permission from SAG to post to third-party websites. You must also open your movie with our slate or a title card that says, "This film made for the 48 Hour Film Project 2014."

7. With the permission of the 48 Hour Film Project, you may show your film on one cable access channel for the duration of one year after the 48HFP premiere. After the first year, you must obtain permission from SAG, but you will not need permission from the 48 Hour Film Project. Here's how to contact the 48HFP.

Can I sell my 48HFP film? 

Here is our policy for the sale of a 48HFP film:

  • If the purchaser seeks exclusive rights to the film, the 48HFP shall grant release of its rights to the film for 20% of the purchase price (80% to the team leader/20% to 48HFP).

  • If the purchaser does not require exclusive rights to the film and if the film is sold before June 30 of the year following the creation of the film, when 48HFP controls the bulk of the rights, 48HFP shall grant release of its rights to the film for 20% of the purchase price (80% to the team leader/20% to 48HFP).

  • If the purchaser does not require exclusive rights to the film and if the film is sold after June 30 of the year following the creation of the film, when 48HFP and filmmaker share rights, you do not need the 48HFP's permission to sell your film.

Contacting SAG 

In order to request permission from SAG-AFTRA for various uses of your film, please contact SAG-AFTRA directly. If you are in the eastern United States, contact Leif Larson at 212.827.1513 or Leif.Larson@SAGAFTRA.org. If you are in the western United States, contact Marisa Leal at 323.549.6039 or Marisa.Leal@sagaftra.org; or Fatna Sallak-Williams at 323.549.6054 Fatna.Sallak-Williams@sagaftra.org.