Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 5 - 7, 2023

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? May 5 - 7, 2023

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

Filmmakers from all over the Pittsburgh, PA 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 2024 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2024 Short Film Corner!

Genres Elements FAQs

Registration Fees Registration Opens: Thursday, March 2

  • Early Bird: $158 USD/team ends Mon, Apr 3
  • Regular: $178 USD/team ends Tue, Apr 25
  • Late: $198 USD/team ends Fri, May 5

2023 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project Event Mixer 1: Meet Our Judges

Thu, Mar 2, 2023 @ 6:00pm - 9:00pm
WQED Film Academy
4802 Fifth Ave, 3rd Fl Pittsburgh 15213

Come to WQED Studio A for a discussion with our three incredible judges to learn more about them: Nancy Mosser, Melissa Martin, and  Cara Friez. Also pitch what you can do. Sign up your team at our event! 

Big ups to WQED Film Academy for being a sponsor for the 48 and letting us use the space!!

RSVP via facebook

The 2023 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project Mixer #2: AMA and Camera Shootout

Fri, Mar 31, 2023 @ 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Pop District HQ
106 Isabella St, 7th Fl. Pittsburgh 15212

Come out to our second mixer at Pop District HQ! We'll have an Ask Me Anything session, a camera/lens shootout, award winning 48's playing, people pitching / looking for teams, and Pop District / The Warhol: Academy giving tours and info! 

RSVP via facebook

2023 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project Last Minute Workshop

Sat, Apr 29, 2023 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm
Goat Milk Fudge Productions
60 Greenway Dr. Suite 301b Pittsburgh PA 15204

Come to Goat Milk Fudge Studios for a free cup of coffee/donut, a discussion about settings for shooting/editing, comparing edit systems, and asking about rules. We'll be going over the best settings for all of the best-looking/sounding movies! Meet with your teams at a central place one week in advance! 

Kickoff Event

Fri, May 5, 2023 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, May 7, 2023
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Virtual via Cinema48

Wrap Party

Sun, May 7, 2023 @ 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Riley's Pour House
215 East Main Street Carnegie 15106

As soon as you turn in your movie come to Riley's Pour House for a wrap party. Dirty. Tired. Hungry! Come and get some food and a drink (on your own dime). Cinema Psycos ( Brian Cottington and John Wooliscroft) will be video live streaming/podcasting as teams turn in with interviews on camera on stage. Be there to hear if your team made it in on time! 

Riley's Pour House is an all ages venue with a great menu of food (and adult beverages for those of age). Kitchen open to 9:15pm!


RSVP via facebook

Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $12.00 USD
Group A: Fri, May 19, 2023 @ 6:30pm
Group B: Fri, May 19, 2023 @ 8:30pm
Group C: Sat, May 20, 2023 @ 6:30pm
Group D: Sat, May 20, 2023 @ 8:30pm
The Oaks Theater
310 Allegheny River Blvd, Oakmont 15139

Best Of Screening

Tickets: $12.00 USD
Sat, May 27, 2023 @ 6:30pm - 10:00pm
The Oaks Theater
310 Allegheny River Blvd, Oakmont 15139

Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264
  • Media: Online Submission
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4), MPEG 4 (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9), Standard (4:3), Anamorphic
  • Pixel Ratio: Square (1:1)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • Audio Codec: AAC (.aac), WAV (.wav), MPEG4 (.mp4)
  • Audio Sample Rate: 48 kHz
  • Maximum File Size: 2.0GB

Online Submission on Cinema48.com. Make sure your team leader is registered. 


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