The weekend? July 12 - 14, 2019
The challenge? To make a film in only 48 hours!
Filmmakers from all over the Cleveland, OH 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 2020 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2020 Short Film Corner.
What better way to prepare for the summer 48HFP than to make a film in 48 hours? That's why we've partnered with West Creek Conservancy's Xtinguish Celebration on this FREE community filmmaking competition-- 48HFP: Xtinguish!
The Xtinguish Celebration ( is a series of events to help commemorate the ecological progress made since the infamous 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire. The incorporation of this project expands the cultural immersion of conversations around the Cuyahoga River into the film community. Will your voice be heard? This special competition will take place on the weekend of April 26th-28th with a very special screening showcase of the films on May 31st at moCa Cleveland.
While this is not an official 48 Hour Film Project competition, it will follow the same rules as the 48HFP, but with a twist--teams will have 48 hours to write, produce, and edit their short films using a genre chosen at random, along with a character, prop, and line of dialogue...but all of the films for this special competition must take place in, on, or somehow feature the Cuyahoga River! It's the perfect way for filmmakers to contribute to the overall Xtinguish Celebration, and hone your skills to prepare for this summer's official 48HFP competition.
Registration to participate in the competition is FREE, but there are limited spots available! Registration info coming soon.
Kickoff Event at Merwin's Wharf
There's no better location to kick off an event like this than right on the Cuyahoga River's Irishtown Bend at Merwin's Wharf. Teams will show up for genre selection and announcement of the official required elements. Then at 5:30pm the 48 hours of filmmaking begins! The restaurant and bar will be open before and after the Kickoff for team bonding and planning for your filmmaking weekend.
Watch all of the films created as a part of the 48HFP: Xtinguish Celebration for FREE at moCa Cleveland!
The Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) has partnered up with the West Creek Conservancy's Xtinguish Celebration and the 48 Hour Film Project to bring you this special screening of 48HFP: Xtinguish films projected in the Cleveland Foundation Lobby of the award-winning moCa building. This fun & stylish premiere event will be FREE to attend, but with limited seating (registration required; ticket info TBA). moCa's cash bar will be open for the evening.
This will be the coolest film premiere that you'll attend all year, so don't miss out!
See the top films from this year's 48HFP as determined by our panel of judges, followed immediately by the Awards Ceremony. There, we will announce all of this year's award-winning films! List of film nominations and Best Of lineup will be announced sometime during the week before the screening.
After the awards, join us for the wrap party (included in ticket price) to celebrate another great year of 48 hour film in Cleveland!
Location TBD--admission to the wrap party is included as part of the ticket price for the Best Of screening and Awards Ceremony. Appetizers provided, and cash bar available.