Washington, District of Columbia October 20 - 22, 2017


Get Ready for A Spooky Challenge!

The weekend? October 20 - 22, 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 Washington, DC 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

  • Early Bird: $150 USD/team ends Mon, Oct 2
  • Regular: $175 USD/team ends Fri, Oct 20

Repeat Offender? Participants that registered a team for the regular 48HFP during the previous 12 months will receive a $25 USD discount.

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DC 48 Hour Film Project Fall Networking Event

Sat, Sep 30, 2017 @ 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Arlington Independent Media
2701-C Wilson BLVD., Arlington VA 22201

Join us Saturday, September 30th to mingle with fellow filmmakers and friends. This event is a great opportunity to find a team and/or form a team and learn more about the upcoming 48 Hour Horror Film Project. We will be giving filmmaking tips, gear advice and information on how to navigate your 48 hour experience.

2:30pm – 3:15pm: Introductions / Meet & Greet
3:15pm – 4pm: 48 Hour Rules & Filmmaking Tips
4pm – 5pm: Meet & Greet / Sign up

This event will take place at Arlington Independent Media. Also known as AIM. The address is 2701-C Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201. Although the address is on Wilson Boulevard, the main entrance is on Danville Street. The closets Metro Stations are Courthouse and Clarendon on the Orange and Silver lines. Feel free to join us anytime between 2:30pm – 5pm.

Kickoff Event

Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Oct 22, 2017
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Tue, Oct 31, 2017
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th St. NW, Washington 20004

Participating Teams

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

  • Bitcoin Accepted Nicholas Lyell
  • CHELSEA's CLUMP Chelsea Thaler
  • Cinema Murcielago Richard Benjumea
  • Crash of Rhinos Nan Ficca
  • Crowded Elevator Pictures Tony Lazzeroni
  • DC Stunt Coalition Dylan Hintz
  • Discordian Films Joe Dzikiewicz
  • Electric Manatee Pictures David Bartell
  • Krewski James Pope
  • Liberated Muse Arts Group Khadijah Ali-Coleman
  • Lofton Films John Lofton IV
  • Mirandum Pictures Michael Powell
  • Ordinary Man Productions Andrew Epsilantis
  • Plan R Films Ian D'Amelia
  • Poor Bastard Productions Coleman Lowndes
  • PrePreProducions Nan Ficca
  • Rebel Alliance Film Coalition Richard Brown
  • Shannondoah Films Shannon Washington
  • Shrug Productions Erica Rowe
  • Snarly Beast Jose B Torres Medina
  • The Edge of Edgy Johnathan Newport
  • Tohubohu Productions William Coughlan
  • Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater Dara Gold
  • We Have This! Sarah Olscamp

Films from Previous Years


DC is the birthplace of the 48HFP!

In May of 2001, Mark Ruppert (Creator/ Executive Producer), Liz Langston (Co-Founder/ Executive Producer) and Christina Ruppert (Director of Operations) were all part of the team The Big Ouch. It was one of 10 teams in the inaugural 48 Hour Film Project and the required prop was a severed body part.

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