Washington, District of Columbia May 15 - 17, 2020

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? May 15 - 17, 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 Registration Opens: Tuesday, March 10

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Apr 20
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, May 5
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, May 15

Kickoff Event

Fri, May 15, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, May 17, 2020
by 7:30pm to be on-time

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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