Houston, Texas October 5 - 7, 2018

Get Ready for A Spooky Challenge!

The weekend? October 5 - 7, 2018

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 2019.

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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $150 USD/team ends Mon, Sep 10
  • Regular: $175 USD/team ends Fri, Oct 5

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 Us @ HFC First Thursdays

Thu, Oct 4, 2018 @ 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 her there.  And if you're looking for more folks to round out your team, 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 5, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Rudyard's British Pub
2010 Waugh Drive, Houston 77006

Please note that we are meeting in the upstairs room of Rudyard's.  Representatives from each team will gather to draw their genre and learn this year's prop, character & line dialogue.  

  • The representative may be any member of the team - it does not have to be the team leader.
  • The representative must bring the Team Leader's Agreement to kickoff. The agreement must be signed by the team leader.
  • Everyone will be released at 7:00pm to begin working on their films.

Dropoff Event

Sun, Oct 7, 2018 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Jax Grill
1613 Shepherd Dr, Houston 77007

The Dropoff event is open to the full team.  And even if you didn't participate this year, you're still welcome to come join in on the fun!!

Join us to help cheer on our weary 48 hour filmmakers as they cross the finish line with their brand new cinematic masterpieces!!  Then stick around to find out how the weekend went for everyone and trade "war stories".

Bring your appetite with you because Jax has a full menu and bar.  So sit back with a drink and good food while comparing the weekend with your fellow weekend film warriors!!


Please note that we will be accepting films in the event room located inside Jax Grill (on Shepherd just south of I-10). Once you enter the restaurant, you should see the restroom entrance on opposite wall.  Go around the corner just past that and the event room will be on your left.

  • Films are due by 7:30pm to be considered on-time and eligible for the judges awards and prizes.

  • Cutting it close time-wise?  The team representative must be inside Jax at the check-in table with film in hand (not still rendering) by 7:30pm to be on-time.

  • We'll start accepting films around 6:30pm and will be there until at least 8:30pm.

  • Late films will still screen and be eligible for the audience awards - so if you're not done by 7:30pm, keep working and get it to us as soon as you can.

  • If you need to submit your film after 8:30pm, call the 48HFP Hotline Number (to be given out at kickoff) to make arrangements for dropping off your film.

Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $15.00 USD
Group A: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Group B: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 9:30pm
TBH Center
333 S Jensen, Houston 77003 USA

Awards Ceremony

Thu, Nov 1, 2018
Cafe Brasil
2604 Dunlavy Street, Houston 77006

Participating Teams

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

  • A Thing Made By Us Anthony Vasser
  • Alpha Flight Films Ruben Ybarra
  • Bamn Entertainment Melissa Normabnd
  • Blinkshot Production Rachel Othon
  • Dark Monday Zach Price
  • InOurSity @ Nine30 Norman Clopton
  • MTI Film Crew Gary Foster
  • MVA Raymond Tuquero
  • Next Level Film Group Jeff Webb
  • Perfect Time to Panic Productions Gary "Steve" Kennedy
  • Powderkeg Productions Cassie Randall
  • Shallow Pond Films & Must See Cinema Meredith Kalinov
  • Take Two Jeanine McLeod
  • The B-Rollers Greg Flakus

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