Detroit, Michigan July 23 - 25, 2021

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Detroit 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 at our premiere screenings.

Here are some important notes for 48HFP filmmakers:

  • Elements: The required elements for Detroit 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 our Production Documents page:
  • Team Leader Agreement: This document must be filled out by the Team Leader and uploaded to https://Cinema48.com prior to the Kickoff.  Find instructions here: https://www.48hourfilm.com/digital_dropoff 
  • 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 is provided to all Team Leaders by the City Producer prior to Kickoff. If you email us, you will probably not receive an answer in time, so please call.
  • Dropoff: Your film and paperwork must be uploaded to https://Cinema48.com. Find instructions here: https://www.48hourfilm.com/digital_dropoff
  • 48HFP Safe Set Guidelines: https://48hourfilm.com/news-articles/194/48HFP-Safe-Set-Guidelines

Be safe! Make great films! Good luck!


Elements Genres FAQs


Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264 (preferred)
  • Media: Online Submission (preferred)
  • File Type: Quicktime (.mov) (preferred), MPEG 4 (.mp4)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred)
  • Pixel Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (preferred)

Required Elements

    Announced at Kickoff

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 23, 2021 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

As of right now our Kick Off Event is going to be held virtually again this year. I will provide Zoom links to all registered participants via email. 

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 25, 2021
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Awards Ceremony

Sat, Aug 7, 2021
The Redford Theater
17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit 48219

Our Awards Ceremony will take place at the Redford Theater after a brief intermission of the films. 

Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $12.00 USD
Group A: Sat, Aug 7, 2021 @ 11:00am
Group B: Sat, Aug 7, 2021 @ 1:00pm
Group C: Sat, Aug 7, 2021 @ 3:00pm
Group D: Sat, Aug 7, 2021 @ 5:00pm
The Redford Theater
17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit 48219

This year's screening event will be held on Saturday, August 7th at the beautiful, historic Redford Theater in Detroit. We will be screening ALL the films on this day, but in different screening groups and times. How many groups will depend on the number of registered teams. The awards ceremony will follow the screenings after a brief intermission. Tickets for each screening are just $12 and a day pass for all the screenings is $30. Tickets can be purchased in advance (link will be provided soon) or at the box office. 

Screening Groups

Group A Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 11:00am

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • 1197 Productions Anna Pereny
  • Ace High Productions Sarah Root
  • Cardboard Camera Production Kevin Gusmano
  • FWF Pictures Charlie Hunt
  • Lady of the the Lake Julesia Chrishon
  • Reel Studio Jack Hale
  • Stargazer Digital Media Marguerite Wasinski
  • Timeless Classics Unlimited Jon Boyd

Group B Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 1:00pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Holiday Park Productions Joe Harris
  • L. I. V. I. N. David Oster, Jr.
  • L.Levation Films Larry Gentry
  • Magic Hour Media Kelli Rademacher
  • Pardi Productions Johannes Pardi
  • PREproductions Premier Wiggins
  • Rollin' Detroit Films Jim Selleck
  • The Farm Yard Dan Haushalter

Group C Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 3:00pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Channel Iris Bryan Cuello
  • Detroit Film Studio Charlene Jeter
  • HFC Film Hawks D. Mark Hall
  • Preacher Productions Matthew Kent
  • Rocket Boot Studios Howard Randolph
  • Studio B Heather Irvine
  • Team Omni646 Seann Lewis
  • White Beard Films Mark Keady

Group D Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 5:00pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • 52 Scripts Scott Gordon
  • Broken Multiverse Michael Rizzo
  • Fosca Features LLC Jesse McAnally
  • High Voltage Vincent Sabatini
  • PALMERI DIGITAL Marissa Palmeri
  • Play Nice Sherry McLaughlin
  • Rebel Pictures Michael McCallum
  • Stranger House Films Heather Moody
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle. James Hayden

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