Washington, District of Columbia May 17 - 19, 2019

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? May 17 - 19, 2019

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 2020 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2020 Short Film Corner.


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Registration Fees Registration Opens: Tuesday, March 12

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Apr 22
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, May 7
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, May 17

Kickoff Event

Fri, May 17, 2019 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, May 19, 2019
by 7:30pm to be on-time

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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