Washington, District of Columbia July 31 - August 2, 2020

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? July 31 - August 2, 2020

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 2021 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2021 Short Film Corner.


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Registration Fees

In response to the coronavirus we've reduced our 2020 prices.

  • Early Bird: $128 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 10
    (reduced from $148, a savings of $20)
  • Regular: $138 USD/team ends Mon, Jul 27
    (reduced from $168, a savings of $30)
  • Late: $148 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 31
    (reduced from $188, a savings of $40)
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Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Aug 2, 2020
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Thu, Aug 13, 2020
Group B: Thu, Aug 13, 2020
Group C: Fri, Aug 14, 2020
Group D: Fri, Aug 14, 2020
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Participating Teams

Here are some of the teams that will be making a short film for Washington in only 48 hours.

  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Conservatory Productions Nan Ficca
  • Discordian Films Joe Dzikiewicz
  • Don't Tell Freddie Joseph Henry
  • Dupont Circle Pictures Thomas Jennings
  • Emerson Elle Emerson
  • Jagged Edge Productions Tim Tilert
  • Just Mezin Justin Mezetin
  • Kingdom Glory Works Kevin Wheeler
  • Laugh Index Theatre Nancy Safavi
  • Mental Props Lauren Unger
  • Naked Puppets Richard Atha-Nicholls
  • Nazar Emre Yagci
  • Pre Pre Productions Amanda Haddock
  • Quantum Firefly David Bartell
  • R Street Films Peter Calafiura
  • SFA Entertainment Sam Aung
  • Starshine Studios Saebyul Hong
  • TBD Mike Watkins
  • Team WIFV Melissa Houghton
  • The Contemplative Claudia Caceres
  • Tohubohu Productions William Coughlan
  • Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater Dara Gold
  • WTP Films William Powell

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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