Houston, Texas June 28 - 30, 2019

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Houston 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 Houston 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: H.264 (preferred), DV-NTSC, DVCProHD, Motion JPEG-A, MPEG-4, Any Non-Proprietary Codec
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data DVD
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Standard (4:3), Widescreen (16:9)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (23.976), 30 FPS (29.97)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • No media will be returned
  • We are working on Windows – please format your USB as NTFS
  • Films should be output with a non-proprietary codec. Absolutely no proprietary Final Cut codecs (ie, Apple Pro-Res). We will not be able to import the video and it will be disqualified.
  • Make sure your complete movie is in the file
  • Please check your sound levels to ensure they are relatively even throughout the film – one of our biggest problems with submissions is films that are very loud in some places and hard to hear in others
  • Please submit a back up copy of your film – as long as we can work with a version of the film that was submitted on time, you're eligible for judges awards
  • MiniDV tapes and video DVDs are not accepted

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Thu, Jun 6
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jun 18
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Jun 28
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Required Elements

    Announced at Kickoff

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jun 28, 2019 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Rudyard's British Pub
2010 Waugh Drive, Houston 77006

Please note that we are meeting in Rudyard's event room upstairs.

Representatives from each team will gather to draw their genre and learn this year's prop, character & line dialogue.  

- Please limit yourself to only one representative per team.

- The representative may be any member of the team - it does not have to be the team leader.

- The representative must bring the Team Leader's Agreement to kickoff. The agreement must be signed by the team leader.

- Everyone will be released at 7:00pm to begin working on their films.

Rudz has a band show in that room starting at 8:00pm, so once we release folks to start working on their films, everyone will be required to clear out.  If you would like to stay there to begin brainstorming on your films, you will need to move downstairs.

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jun 30, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Jax Grill
1613 Shepherd Dr, Houston 77007

The Dropoff event is open to the full team.  And even if you didn't participate this year, you're still welcome to come join in on the fun!!

Join us to help cheer on our weary 48 hour filmmakers as they cross the finish line with their brand new cinematic masterpieces!!  Then stick around to find out how the weekend went for everyone and trade "war stories".

Bring your appetite with you because Jax has a full menu and bar.  So sit back with a drink and good food while comparing the weekend with your fellow weekend film warriors!!


Please note that we will be accepting films in the event room located inside Jax Grill (on Shepherd just south of I-10). Once you enter the restaurant, you should see the restroom entrance on opposite wall.  Go around the corner just past that and the event room will be on your left.

  • Films are due by 7:30pm to be considered on-time and eligible for the judges awards and prizes.
  • Cutting it close time-wise?  The team representative must be inside Jax at the check-in table with film in hand (not still rendering) by 7:30pm to be on-time.
  • We'll start accepting films around 6:30pm and will be there until at least 8:30pm.
  • Late films will still screen and be eligible for the audience awards - so if you're not done by 7:30pm, keep working and get it to us as soon as you can.
  • If you need to submit your film after 8:30pm, call the 48HFP Hotline Number (to be given out at kickoff) to make arrangements for dropping off your film.

Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $15.00 USD
Group A: Tue, Jul 9, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Group B: Tue, Jul 9, 2019 @ 9:30pm
Group C: Thu, Jul 11, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Group D: Thu, Jul 11, 2019 @ 9:30pm
TBH Center
333 S Jensen, Houston 77003 USA

The Houston 48 Hour Film Project challenged teams of filmmakers to create a short film from scratch in just a single weekend.  At the start of the weekend, each team drew a genre out of hat and was assigned a character, prop and line of dialogue to include - the rest was up to them.  Join as we celebrate their efforts in the Premiere Screening of this year's entries.

Best Of Screening

Thu, Aug 15, 2019
TBH Center
333 S Jensen, Houston 77003 USA

Participating Teams

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

  • Alpha Flight Films Ruben Ybarra
  • AstroFilms Rolando Cantu Jr.
  • Broheim Productions Gerry Swift
  • Cadence & Motion Justin Aaron Tulod Hernandez
  • CoogTV Derek Dziedzic
  • Curio Filmworks Ozzie Fuentes
  • Deadly Viper Assassination Squad Alex Thompson
  • Eden James Gabourel
  • Encrypted Nonsense Ariell Branch
  • Flash Mob Vigilanties Mark Baird
  • Gems by Jill Jill Moffitt
  • Gibb Films Tricia Yurcak
  • GraveTexan Presents Lindsay Smith
  • High Velocity Productions Colby Novak
  • Houston's Eleven Garrett Mayock
  • Johnny & The Leg Sweepers Kyle Todora
  • Keeping It Reel Evette Randolph
  • McNorta Film Institute Ross McNevin
  • Monkey Productions Matthew Pszyk
  • Mummers Farce JAMES BLANCO
  • North Avenue Collin Smith
  • Perfect Time To Panic Productions Gary "Steve" Kennedy
  • Powderkeg Productions Cassie Randall
  • Room 104 Marlon McDowell
  • StavisFilm Andrew Stavis
  • Story Teller Films Swapnil Tambadkar
  • The B Rollers Greg Flakus
  • The Break Cirilo Jimenez
  • The Cryptic Heroes Jordan Hannah
  • Two Cent Productions Joey Hancock
  • Victorious Victor Beltran
  • VontheThespian Productions Renee van Nifterik
  • lit films Tim Lozano
  • nonCompliant Productions Adam Frye
  • the green dress Erika Waldorf

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