Houston, Texas October 6 - 8, 2017

Get Ready for A Spooky Challenge!

The weekend? October 6 - 8, 2017

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

Do you like to be scared? Do you love Hitchcock? Bring on the fake blood and the rumbling undercurrent sound effect and get ready for a weekend you won't forget.

Filmmakers from all over the Houston, TX area will compete to see who can make the best horror short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will screen at Filmapalooza 2018.

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Registration Fees

  • Regular: $175 USD/team ends Fri, Oct 6

Repeat Offender? Participants that registered a team for the regular 48HFP during the previous 12 months will receive a $25 USD discount. Register Your Team Now!Looking to Join a Team?Join Our Email List

Join us @ HFC First Thursdays Short Film Mixer

Thu, Oct 5, 2017 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cafe Brasil
2604 Dunlavy Street, Houston 77006

The Houston Film Commission hosts a FREE short film screening the First Thursday of each month.  The screenings are generally followed by a talkback with the filmmakers.  And this is a great place to meet other members of the local film community and find folks to collaborate with.

Houston 48HFP Producer Laura Schlecht will be in attendance at this event.  So if you have any questions about the Horror 48HFP be sure to find here there.  And if you're looking for any last minute team mates, this is a great event to meet interested parties.

Be sure to arrive by 8 - the first part of the evening is typically open meet-n-greet before the films start.  No time for dinner first?  No worries, Cafe Brasil has a fantastic menu so you can wine and dine while making new friends!!

Kickoff Event

Fri, Oct 6, 2017 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Oct 8, 2017
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $15.00 USD
Group A: Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Group B: Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 9:30pm
TBH Center
333 S Jensen, Houston 77003 USA

Awards Ceremony

Thu, Nov 2, 2017
Cafe Brasil
2604 Dunlavy Street, Houston 77006

Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264 (preferred), DV-NTSC, DVCProHD, Motion JPEG-A, MPEG-4, Any Non-Proprietary Codec
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data DVD
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred), Standard (4:3)
  • Frame Rate: 30 FPS (29.97) (preferred), 24 FPS (23.976)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • No media will be returned
  • We are working on Windows – please format your USB as NTFS
  • Films should be output with a non-proprietary codec. Absolutely no proprietary Final Cut codecs (ie, Apple Pro-Res). We will not be able to import the video and it will be disqualified.
  • Make sure your complete movie is in the file
  • Please check your sound levels to ensure they are relatively even throughout the film – one of our biggest problems with submissions is films that are very loud in some places and hard to hear in others
  • Please submit a back up copy of your film – as long as we can work with a version of the film that was submitted on time, you're eligible for judges awards
  • MiniDV tapes and video DVDs are not accepted

Participating Teams

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

  • Alpha Flight Films Ruben Ybarra
  • Crunchy Bunch Christopher McElroy
  • Curio Filmworks Ozzie Fuentes
  • Enligh10 Media Lascelles McCarthy III
  • GraveTexan Films Lindsay Smith
  • Guerrilla Film Squad Kemane Hagerman
  • InOurSity Films Norman Clopton
  • Late Julia Lyons-Ryle
  • Powderkeg Productions Cassie Randall
  • RUN-N-GUN David Castillo
  • River City Slashers David Mendez
  • The Lake in the Woods Trae Stanley
  • The Media Department Caroline Catlin/Tim & No Thomson
  • The Night Owls Ailia Owen
  • Two Cent Productions Joey Hancock
  • Wobbly David Swearengin
  • lit films Tim Lozano

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