Washington, District of Columbia October 12 - 14, 2018

Get Ready for A Twisted Challenge!

The weekend? October 12 - 14, 2018

The challenge? To make a sci-fi or horror film in only 48 hours!

Do you like to be scared? Do you love Hitchcock? Not your cup of tea? How about time travel - or space travel for that matter?!? Pick your pleasure... Bring on the aliens and spacecrafts - or - the fake blood and rumbling undercurrents. Either way, 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 science fiction and/or 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 17
  • Regular: $175 USD/team ends Fri, Oct 12

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?

DC 48 Hour Film Project Screening Event & Team Build Mixer

Sun, Sep 23, 2018 @ 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, Virginia 22301

Join us this Sunday September 23rd for a special DC 48 Hour screening and team build mixer event at the Evening Star Cafe in Alexandria VA from 5:30pm - 8pm. We will be showing 8 outstanding short films from previous competitions. This is also a mixer event and will be a great opportunity to meet team leaders, find cast and crew, or join a team. There will be a Q & A with filmmakers after the screening, which will be a great opportunity to hear first hand about the 48 hour filmmaking experience. 

This is a Free Screening Event!

RSVP via facebook

Kickoff Event

Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Oct 14, 2018
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Mon, Oct 29, 2018 @ 7:15pm
Group B: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 7:15pm
Group C: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 9:00pm
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Participating Teams

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

  • //Machina Abel Birhanu
  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Aircrew Studios Clint Watnee
  • BMC Sandy Antunes
  • Bitcoin Accepted Nicholas Lyell
  • Black Creativist Productions Kat Cooper
  • Can We Change This Later? (productions) Rick Jermain
  • Carpe Noctis Alec Scheller
  • Ceramic Films Zachary Zimmerman
  • Clairvoyance Shaquille Pariag
  • Collabish Studios Andrew Lundquist
  • Comictures Harvey Droke
  • Conservatory Productions Nan Ficca
  • Crash of Rhinos Nan Ficca
  • DC Dogs Jonathan Zuck
  • DC Stunt Coalition Dylan Hintz
  • DMV Arts Collective Emmanuel Vega
  • DMVproductions patrick hale
  • Discordian Films Joe Dzikiewicz
  • Frozen Penguin Productions Kevin Finkelstein
  • KickBack Geoff Stone
  • Logan Crop Circle T. Card
  • Mirandum Pictures Michael Powell
  • Naked Puppets Richard Atha-Nicholls
  • No Puns Productions Shana Holmes
  • On the Humble Productions Kia Reed
  • Pi Productions Michael Kelly
  • Raygun Paul Porter
  • SHRUG Productions Erica Rowe
  • Son of a Fritz David Fritzson
  • Sucker Punch Films Roan Ross
  • The Edge of Edgy Johnathan Newport
  • The State Werx Michael Cunningham
  • Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater Dara Gold
  • Whiskey Mumbo Sauce John Rosales
  • laughing with the storm Ted Hogeman

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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