Cleveland, Ohio July 12 - 14, 2019

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? July 12 - 14, 2019

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

Filmmakers from all over the Cleveland, OH 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: Sunday, May 5

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Jun 17
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 2
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 12

48HFP: Xtinguish Kickoff Event

Fri, Apr 26, 2019 @ 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merwin's Wharf
1785 Merwin Avenue, Cleveland 44113

What better way to prepare for the summer 48HFP than to make a film in 48 hours? That's why we've partnered with West Creek Conservancy's Xtinguish Celebration on this FREE community filmmaking competition-- 48HFP: Xtinguish!

Register now at!

The Xtinguish Celebration ( is a series of events to help commemorate the ecological progress made since the infamous 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire. The incorporation of this project expands the cultural immersion of conversations around the Cuyahoga River into the film community. Will your voice be heard? This special competition will take place on the weekend of April 26th-28th with a very special screening showcase of the films on May 31st at moCa Cleveland. 

While this is not an official 48 Hour Film Project competition, it will follow the same rules as the 48HFP, but with a twist--teams will have 48 hours to write, produce, and edit their short films using a genre chosen at random, along with a character, prop, and line of dialogue...but all of the films for this special competition must take place in, on, or somehow feature the Cuyahoga River! It's the perfect way for filmmakers to contribute to the overall Xtinguish Celebration, and hone your skills to prepare for this summer's official 48HFP competition.

Registration to participate in the competition is FREE, but there are limited spots available! Sign up at

Kickoff Event at Merwin's Wharf

There's no better location to kick off an event like this than right on the Cuyahoga River's Irishtown Bend at Merwin's Wharf. Teams will show up for genre selection and announcement of the official required elements. Then at 5:30pm the 48 hours of filmmaking begins! The restaurant and bar will be open before and after the Kickoff for team bonding and planning for your filmmaking weekend.

RSVP via facebook

48HFP: Xtinguish Dropoff Event

Sun, Apr 28, 2019 @ 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merwin's Wharf
1785 Merwin Avenue, Cleveland 44113

All completed films must be turned in before the 6pm deadline to be considered on-time! Teams finishing early can enjoy a celebratory dinner or adult beverage at Merwin's Wharf.

To make a film for 48HFP: Xtinguish, register for FREE at

RSVP via facebook

Cinco de Filmo with the 48HFP Registration Kickoff Party

Sun, May 5, 2019 @ 5:00pm - 7:00pm
BottleHouse Brewery & Meadery
2050 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights OH 44118

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the opening of registration for this year's 48 Hour Film Project at our special Cinco de Filmo event on May 5th at Bottlehouse Brewery & Meadery!

Special guest speakers Conrad Faraj and Mikhail Tot, winning team leaders of the 2018 Cleveland 48HFP and Horror Project, will share their experiences about the 48HFP, what it takes to be an award-winning filmmaker, and their experience at this year's Filmapalooza festival in Orlando. We'll have a laptop on hand to get teams registered for this year's 48HFP competition. Plus, there will be tons of opportunities to network with Cleveland filmmakers, actors, editors, crew, and creatives. 

BottleHouse has a great selection of locally brewed craft beers. While there is no kitchen, you are welcome to bring in food and snacks to eat or share. 

So come out and celebrate May 5th with the greatest independent film community in Northeast Ohio!

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48HFP: Xtinguish Film Showcase at moCa Cleveland

Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 7:00pm
MOCA Cleveland
11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106

Watch all of the films created as a part of the 48HFP: Xtinguish Celebration for FREE at moCa Cleveland!

The Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) has partnered up with the West Creek Conservancy's Xtinguish Celebration and the 48 Hour Film Project to bring you this special screening of 48HFP: Xtinguish films projected in the Cleveland Foundation Lobby of the award-winning moCa building. This fun & stylish premiere event will be FREE to attend, but with limited seating (registration required; ticket info TBA). moCa's cash bar will be open for the evening.

This will be the coolest film premiere that you'll attend all year, so don't miss out!

To make a film so you can be a part of 48HFP: Xtinguish, register your team for FREE at

RSVP via facebook

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 12, 2019 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 14, 2019
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $10.00 USD
Group A: Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Group B: Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 9:30pm
Group C: Wed, Jul 24, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7
22624 Lakeshore Blvd, Euclid 44123

World Premiere screenings of the 2019 48 Hour Film Project films!

Best Of Screening

Tickets: $15.00 USD
Tue, Aug 6, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7
22624 Lakeshore Blvd, Euclid 44123

See the top films from this year's 48HFP as determined by our panel of judges, followed immediately by the Awards Ceremony. There, we will announce all of this year's award-winning films! List of film nominations and Best Of lineup will be announced sometime during the week before the screening.

After the awards, join us for the wrap party (included in ticket price) to celebrate another great year of 48 hour film in Cleveland!

Wrap Party

Tue, Aug 6, 2019 @ 9:00pm

Location TBD--admission to the wrap party is included as part of the ticket price for the Best Of screening and Awards Ceremony. Appetizers provided, and cash bar available. 

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