Des Moines, Iowa July 29 - 31, 2022

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? July 29 - 31, 2022

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

Filmmakers from all over the Des Moines, IA area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours.

Write, shoot, and edit a short film over the weekend and see it PREMIERE on the BIG SCREEN!

All Welcome!  First-timer to Hobbyists to Amateurs to Professionals!

Take your filmmaking to the NEXT LEVEL!

Wherever you are currently in your filmmaking journey, the 48 Hour Film Project is a valuable next step!  

     •. Make your FIRST film... the first of many!

     •. Create a film (or another film!) for your reel

     •  Practice new techniques -- in a low-risk setting

     •. Find new filmmaking partners to work with, beginning on a (very!) short-term basis

     •  Create work to help show off your skills to find that next job!

The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2023 (in Los Angeles!) for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2023 Short Film Corner!

Plus, new this year… the top three teams will be eligible for the soon-to-be-announced 48HFP “Yes We Cannes” challenge in December!

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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 5
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 19
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 29
Register Your Team Now!Find Team / Team Members

48 Meet and Greet at Juniper Moon

Wed, Jun 29, 2022 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Juniper Moon
2005 Ingersoll Ave. Des Moines 50309

Join us for a chance to meet and mingle with filmmakers. Come ask your questions and meet some new people.

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 29, 2022 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 31, 2022
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Virtual via Cinema48

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Mon, Aug 8, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Group B: Tue, Aug 9, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Group C: Wed, Aug 10, 2022 @ 7:00pm
State Historical Building Auditorium
600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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.

Participating Teams

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

  • Angsty Ado Julie Burtnette
  • Ascending Phoenix Film Productions Christopher Vodochodsky
  • CLD Films Dillon Jacobson
  • Cutting Room Floor Silas Pippitt
  • Gladhouse Studio Gary DeSomber
  • Mixed Pictures Nick Strickland
  • Orbital Films Jared Sackett
  • Peach Fuzz Alyson O'Hara
  • Retro Neon Film Zach Everman
  • The Trans-Iowa Canal Company Les Roth
  • Theater Genesis Dennis McCullough
  • Tiny Explosions Patrick Boberg
  • Twin Sun Pictures Chase Stine
  • Your Local Vamp Studios Blaire Burns

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