Madison, Wisconsin July 13 - 15, 2018

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? July 13 - 15, 2018

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

Filmmakers from all over the Madison, WI 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 Mon, Jun 18
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 3
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 13
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Madison 48 Make It Great Seminar Series: Producers Plan Ahead

Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Madison Central Library Room 104
201 W. Mifflin St,

The 48 is coming! 

And until 7 p.m. on Friday the 13th of July, nothing you can do about it except register and stress out about what you've signed up for.

Right? ... WRONG!

There are a lot of things you can be doing RIGHT NOW to make your film — and your life before and after Kick-Off — better.

Yes, the rules clearly say "All creativity must take place during the Official Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited."

But that's not ALL they say, and that's NOT all you can do between now and that crazy, wonderful weekend. 

Michael Keeney of Key Media will teach you ways to make not only your 48 film, but every future film better RIGHT NOW!

Keeney is a veteran filmmaker, successfully working on studio and independent productions as well as winning awards in both the Madison and Chicago 48s before becoming a Madison Co-Producer.

His experiences on Hollywood blockbusters such as "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "Jupiter Ascending," and "Public Enemies;" independents like "No God, No Master," and "Falsely Accused;" and micro-budget award-winning films including "Bad Ambulance," as well as countless commercials can be — and have been — applied to the 48-Hour competition.

• Find out what you can't do before Friday the 13th at 7p.m — AND WHAT YOU CAN.
• LEARN how to make the most of your resources, and what resources you didn't realize you had.
• Discover TIPS AND TACTICS to use the 48's rules to your film-making advantage.
• And more!

For FREE!

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48 Mixer Meet & Greet

Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Funk's Pub
5956 Executive Dr. #101, Fitchburg 53719

Let your hair down, relax and join us at Funk's Pup

Interested? Not sure? Come find out more!
Meet others to join a team, or add more team members. 
Socialize and network with other local filmmakers.

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48 Mixer Now With Trivia

Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Funk's Pub
5956 Executive Dr. #101, Fitchburg 53719

Let your hair down, relax and join us at Funk's Pup


Socialize and network with other local filmmakers.

Test your film knowledge and earn bragging rights with a fun game of trivia

For anyone interested in the 48 Hour Film Project
Meet others - join a team - add cast and crew. 

48 Mixer Meet & Greet

Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Funk's Pub
5956 Executive Dr. #101, Fitchburg 53719

It's getting close! Take a moment to relax with fellow film makers. Get your team together before the weekend. Ask the producers questions. Try a new drink. We love the Stiletto. 

Hope to see you there.

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 13, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 15, 2018
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Participating Teams

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

  • Fueled by Red Ellen Weaver
  • GRiFIn John Swift
  • Hungry Lioness Productions Alissa Kulinski
  • Living Storm Productions Alex Contreras
  • Nice Melons Films William Loper
  • Smudge Capone Scott Meeker
  • The Jazzier Bees Katie Hettenbach
  • Thorazine Work Party Jeff Funk

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