Richmond, Virginia July 14 - 16, 2023

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? July 14 - 16, 2023

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

Filmmakers from all over the Richmond, VA 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: Tuesday, May 9

  • Early Bird: $158 USD/team ends Mon, Jun 19
  • Regular: $178 USD/team ends Wed, Jul 5
  • Late: $198 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 14

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 14, 2023 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Richmond 48 Hour Film Project filmmaking weekend begins here! Teams must have at least one member of their team attend this event in order to participate, but we encourage the whole team!
Here is where teams will receive the required character, prop, line of dialogue and draw their genre--all of the elements required for their film.
RSVP via facebook

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 16, 2023
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Virtual via

Premiere Screenings

Sun, Jul 23, 2023
Bowtie Movieland
1301 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd
We recommend clearing your entire day and staying with us to view ALL of the films made for the 2023 Richmond 48 Hour Film Project. Films will screen in groups of about 10 and audiences get to vote for their favorites in each group! 

Best Of Screening

Tickets: $15.00 USD
Sat, Jul 29, 2023 @ 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Bowtie Movieland
1301 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd

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)
  • Pixel Ratio: Square (1:1)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS, 24 FPS (23.976), 25 FPS, 30 FPS (29.97)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • Audio Codec: AAC (.aac), WAV (.wav), MPEG4 (.mp4)
  • Maximum File Size: 2.0GB

Online Submission on Make sure your team leader is registered.

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