Washington, District of Columbia August 6 - 8, 2021

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? August 6 - 8, 2021

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

Filmmakers from all over the Washington, DC 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 2022 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2022 Short Film Corner.

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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Jul 12
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 27
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Aug 6
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Tips & Tricks for the 48HFP, plus Meet Up! (Virtual)

Thu, Jul 29, 2021 @ 8:00pm
Online via Zoom

Cinema48.com Review for Teams (Virtual)

Sun, Aug 1, 2021 @ 8:00pm
Online via Zoom

Kickoff Event

Fri, Aug 6, 2021 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Aug 8, 2021
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Group B: Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Group C: Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Group D: Fri, Aug 20, 2021
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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 Cinema48.com. Make sure your team leader is registered.

Participating Teams

Here are some of the teams that will be making a short film.

  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Aircrew Studios Clint Watnee
  • Amenders Toby Mananzan
  • August 7 Productions Sharon Caraballo
  • Backyard Insanity Productions Tristin Briggs
  • Best Side Story Arturo Ferreira
  • Bootcamp Survivors Becky Lake
  • Conservatory Productions Amanda Haddock
  • Cup O'Meat Productions Eric Kritzler
  • DC Stunt Coalition Dylan Hintz
  • Discordian Films Mikki Barry
  • Dupont Circle Pictures Thomas Jennings
  • Gloria Needs Fudge Neil Conway
  • Hue Vision Melissa Houghton
  • Jagged Edge Productions Tim Tilert
  • Mental Props Lauren Unger
  • Mini Milers Noah Fatsi
  • NOVA Cyborgs Edward Hellmann
  • Naked Puppets Richard Atha-Nicholls
  • PMG Crew Charlie Puritano
  • Pre Pre Productions Amanda Haddock
  • Pure Encouragement Michael Anthony
  • Quantum Firefly David Bartell
  • R Street Films Peter Calafiura
  • Riegelfilms / Roaring Twenties Quentin Riegel
  • Running Caterpillar Beth Krause
  • SFA Entertainment Sam Aung
  • SHRUG Productions Erica Rowe
  • Stop! Everything Zeb Blair
  • Tanya and the Stranger Andrew Valent
  • Team Canada John Zalubski
  • Team WIFV Melissa Houghton
  • Telex Emre Yagci
  • Thank You, Come Again Productions Erick Buendia
  • Tohubohu Productions William Coughlan
  • Too Much Damn ("TMD") Theater Dara Gold
  • Tryka Affiliates Noah Clarke
  • Very Fast Pig Lora Engdahl
  • Vetrepreneur Visons Vetrepreneur Visons
  • laughing with the storm_ Ted Hogeman
  • theMAXeffect Max Antunes

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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