Washington, District of Columbia June 23 - 25, 2017

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Washington 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 on the big screen, at our premiere screenings.

Here are some important notes for 48HFP filmmakers:

  • Elements: The required elements for Washington 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 on our Production Documents page.
  • 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 your team representative was given at the kickoff. If you email us, you will probably not receive an answer in time, so please call.
  • Dropoff: Your film must be dropped off at the location listed on this page.

Be safe! Make great films! Good luck!

Elements Genres FAQs

Required Media

  • Video Codec: Apple ProRES , Avid DNxHD, H.264
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data DVD
  • File Type: Quicktime (.mov) (preferred), MPEG 4 (.m4v), MPEG 4 (.mp4)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (23.976)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • Audio Sample Rate: 48 kHz (preferred)

The AFI Silver Theatre screenings will be in HD 1080P 23.98FPS (1920X1080), any media not in this format will be converted for the screenings.

Required Elements

  • Character: Paul or Paula Franciosa, Activist
  • Prop: Bubble Wrap
  • Line: ""Sorry, the answer is no.""

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jun 25, 2017 @ 6:00pm - 9:00pm
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Impact Hub DC
419 7th St NW, Washington 20004

DC 48 Hour Film Project Celebration & Networking Party

Mon, Jul 3, 2017 @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Penn Social
801 E St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004

The DC 48 Hour Film Project has an exciting new event & two contests to announce. This year we are bringing back the Trailer Contest as well as a new Poster Contest.


In celebration of your hard work on your short films, both trailers and posters will be on display during a fun Pre July 4th Party and Networking Event at Penn Social in Washington D.C. on Monday July 3rd from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.  Trailers submitted for this contest will be played on the projector screen at Penn Social during those hours. Between 8pm and 8:30pm the sound will be turned up so you can see and hear your trailers playing live at the event. For those of you that submit posters, we will print them out 11" x 17" and have them on display at the venue.


Location and Time:

Penn Social

801 E Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

Monday July 3rd

6:30pm - 9:30pm


This event is FREE!!! Bring your film crew, family and friends to celebrate your amazing 48 Hour Film Project accomplishments. This is also a good opportunity to network with other film professionals in the area. Plus, it‘s a great way to meet our independent filmmakers and creators.


If you are an actor, come and introduce yourself and build relationships with those that are making films in DC.


Teams, use this event as a pre-release party to build hype for your films. It’s a great way for you to come and promote your film to regular people and invite them come see your screening the following week at the AFI Silver Theatre.


Poster Contest Requirements

  1.        Send us a JPEG or PNG file (11" x 17") to dc@48hourfilm.com
  2.        In order for Posters to be considered for judging and display at Penn Social they must be submitted by Friday June 30th at 10pm.


Trailer Contest Requirements

  1.        Trailer has to be 48 seconds.
  2.        Same media requirements as DC 48HFP.
  3.        In order for Trailers to be considered for judging and display at Penn Social they must be submitted to dc@48hourfilm.com by Saturday July 1st at 3pm.

Submission options:

·       Post to Vimeo (www.vimeo.com) and e-mail us a download link.

·       E-mail us via We Transfer (www.wetransfer.com).

·       E-mail us a compressed video file.


Please Note: The Poster Contest and Trailer Contest deadlines are not the same.

The winners will be announced during the AFI Silver Theatre screenings.


Even if you do not participate in either the poster or trailer contest, this event is still for you! You are a part of the 48 Hour Film Project, so come out and celebrate your creative work with the DC film community! Penn Social is a great place to hang out, play games and socialize. This is an exciting new event and we look forward to celebrating your hard work with you.

Hope to see you there!


James and Stephanie

DC 48 Hour Film Project Producers

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Thu, Jul 13, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Group B: Fri, Jul 14, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Group C: Fri, Jul 14, 2017 @ 9:30pm
Group D: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Group E: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 @ 9:30pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Best Of Screening

Fri, Aug 4, 2017 @ 7:30pm
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Screening Groups

Group A Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Built Mad Films Abdullahi Iro
  • DMV Productions patrick hale
  • LEMAR Ali Orokzai
  • Lingering Sky Aiden Ettlinger
  • MAXIMUM SUMMER Chris Pirisino
  • ProAmateur EMT Films Sayf Turkomani
  • Project Now Sherryle Jackson
  • R Street Productions Peter Calafiura
  • Running Caterpillar Beth Krause
  • Speed Sloth LWTS Ted Hogeman
  • TBD Aaron Tucker
  • Tohubohu Productions William Coughlan
  • Tryka Film Coalition David Stern

Group B Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Archaeological Illusion Jiayi Lu
  • Conservatory Productions Nan Ficca
  • Crowded Elevator Pictures Tony Lazzeroni
  • DinoRocket? John Grimm
  • District City Harvey Droke
  • Let Me Translate Productions Alexander Johnson
  • One Three Seven Films adielenah perez
  • Rebel Alliance Film Coalition Richard Brown
  • Rei Productions Mikael Johnson
  • Team Sea Lizard Nathan Vomocil
  • Team Yay Movies! Timothy Allan
  • Unknown Penguin Patrick Flynn
  • Yellow Cow Productions Shane Yeager

Group C Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 9:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Collabish Studios Andrew Lundquist
  • Cup O'Meat Productions Eric Kritzler
  • FLOOFBORK Films Nan Ficca
  • Hot Jealousy Jeremy Neitzke
  • Mirandum Pictures Michael Powell
  • Red Bathroom Productions Andy Weishaar
  • The Quest Christopher Andersen
  • Untouchable Films Adam Patterson
  • We Have This! Sarah Olscamp
  • WIFV Melissa Houghton

Group D Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Bitcoin Accepted Nicholas Lyell
  • ColdOneWithTheBoys paul oh
  • Dniym Productions Prince Rozario
  • Dupont Circle Pictures Thomas Jennings
  • Frozen Penguin Productions Kevin Finkelstein
  • Hillview Productions Christine Chenette
  • Mysterical Guy Sherr
  • Noah Please Come Back Samuel Fabbioli
  • Shrug Productions Erica Rowe
  • Sweep the Leg, Johnny! Mike Charbonneau
  • The Mavericks vinh ngo
  • The State Werx Productions Michael Cunningham
  • Two Proof Films Mike Watkins

Group E Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 9:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • 57 RONIN Zack Sumpolec
  • A Better Tomorrow Productions Vincent Brown
  • Alternative Endings Tracy Mathews
  • Assorted Meats and Cheeses Colin O'Connor
  • Cinema Murcielago Richard Benjumea
  • DC Stunt Coalition Dylan Hintz
  • Discordian Films Joe Dzikiewicz
  • Just Mezin Justin Mezetin
  • Plan R Films Ian D'Amelia
  • Poor Bastard Productions Coleman Lowndes
  • Tell Tale Films Kashyap Sridhar
  • The Big Honkin' Austin Bragg

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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