Chicago, Illinois September 23 - 25, 2022

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Chicago and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours! Teams of filmmakers have a single weekend - this one - to write, shoot and edit their short films! All completed entries will be unveiled at our premiere screenings.

Here are some important notes for 48HFP filmmakers:

  • Elements: The required elements for Chicago will be listed on this page after kickoff.
  • Media: You must submit your film according to the formats listed lower on this page.
  • Documents: You must submit releases for all team members, all music, all locations, and any other copyrighted material, as well as a team leader's agreement, a roster, and a certification statement. These forms can be downloaded from our Production Documents page:
  • Team Leader Agreement: This document must be filled out by the Team Leader and uploaded to prior to the Kickoff.  Find instructions here:
  • Rules: You should make sure that your film complies with our Filmmaking Rules and Competition Rules. If you have questions about the rules, the best place to go is our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 48HFP Hotline: If you have a question during the filmmaking weekend, call the 48HFP Hotline. The number is on the Kickoff Info Sheet that is provided to all Team Leaders by the City Producer prior to Kickoff. If you email us, you will probably not receive an answer in time, so please call.
  • Dropoff: Your film and paperwork must be uploaded to Find instructions here:
  • 48HFP Safe Set Guidelines:

Be safe! Make great films! Good luck!

Elements Genres FAQs

Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264
  • Media: Online Submission (preferred)
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4) (preferred), MPEG 4 (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred)
  • Pixel Ratio: Square (1:1) (preferred)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (preferred), 24 FPS (23.976), 25 FPS, 30 FPS (29.97)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • Audio Codec: AAC (.aac), WAV (.wav), MPEG4 (.mp4)
  • Maximum File Size: 2.0GB (preferred)

Online Submission on Make sure your team leader is registered.

Required Elements

  • Character: Linda or Lance Gordon, Real Estate Agent
  • Prop: a pillowcase
  • Line: ""Let's go back to the beginning." OR "Let us go back to the beginning.""

Dropoff Event

Sun, Sep 25, 2022
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Virtual via Cinema48

Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $25.00 USD PURCHASE
Wed, Oct 12, 2022 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Harper Theatre (Ticket includes Premiere Screening and Best of Chicago!)
5238 S Harper Ave, Chicago 60615

Price includes screenings and awards on that day. 

Best Of Screening

Tickets: $25.00 USD PURCHASE
Wed, Oct 12, 2022 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Harper Theatre (Ticket includes Premiere Screening and Best of Chicago!)
5238 S Harper Ave, Chicago 60615
The Chicago 48 Hour Film Projects invites ALL to attend the Screenings and Best of Awards!

Screenings: 6pm 
Best of Screenings and Awards: 800pm

*All eligible films will be screened on this day!
*Ticket covers The Screenings And The Best of Awards

Screening Groups

Group A

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • A Bunch of People Making a Film Phranque Wright
  • All-Nighters Anonymous Cecil Lay
  • Cotton Candy Surprise! Caleb Kurowski
  • CreativeDigitalMasters Nick Meriage
  • Eschflix Charisse Eschmann
  • FirstAttempt Productions Ibraheem Ali
  • Fumo77 Anthony Fumarolo
  • Merlino Media Michael Merlino
  • Pack Rat Pictures Walter Aleksic
  • Shady Acres Taylor Martin
  • The Stunt Muffins Richard Roye
  • Urban Pebble Productions Adam Rebora
  • Veggie Ninja Power Mike Begra

Group B

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  • Al Marte Collective Jessica Ebacher
  • BearCat Productions Hannah Ii-Epstein
  • Chain Fragment Production Brandi Kneedly
  • Chicago Transplant Strong Andrew Nagoda
  • CHUD Productions Patrick O'Sullivan
  • Good Life Media Productions Belvie Foster
  • Hela's Hand Productions Cameron Davis
  • Heretic Productions Brian Peters
  • Indie Productions dan KAIRIS
  • Mothlight Films Nate Brav-McCabe
  • Pipp Productions Ash Branch
  • Slice of Dat Productions Maria Piacun
  • Top Banana Craig Gustafson

Group C

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  • 2019 Ford Fiesta Corey Dowd
  • A Tribe Called Tuff Wynter Ogele
  • Blinking Robots Philip Tadros
  • Destination: Filmfest Joshua Kimbrough
  • Film Team 5 Jim Yost
  • Gem City Productions John Binzer
  • Gold Team Linnaea Groh
  • Moonlight Magic Joe Moore
  • Named Team Joseph Henry
  • Reel Royales Ashtyn Foster
  • Reservoir Dogs Yihui Hu
  • Seacago Lily Ma
  • Starpower Film Company Ruben Ramirez
  • Year of the Phoenix Craig Bass

Screening Group To Be Determined

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • First Timers Hugo Serratos

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