Washington, District of Columbia May 17 - 19, 2019

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? May 17 - 19, 2019

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 2020 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2020 Short Film Corner.


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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Apr 22
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, May 7
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, May 17
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DC 48 Hour Film Project Networking Event

Sat, Apr 20, 2019 @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Arlington Independent Media
2701-C Wilson BLVD., Arlington VA 22201

Join us Saturday, April 20th to mingle with fellow filmmakers and friends. This event is a great opportunity to find a team and/or form a team and learn more about the 48-hour film project. We will be giving filmmaking tips, gear advice and information on how to navigate your 48-hour experience.

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Introductions / Sign up
3:00pm – 4:30pm: Meet & Greet

48 Hour Film Project Topics will include:
1. 48-hour rules of the competition
2. What you need to know to lead your own team
3. Finding the right gear for your team
4. How to manage your team
5. How to operate on a team as a crew member
6. Writing tips
7. How to find actors
8. Q & A

Feel free to join us anytime between 2:30pm – 4:30pm.

This event will take place at Arlington Independent Media. Also known as AIM. The address is 2701-C Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201. Although the address is on Wilson Boulevard, the main entrance is on Danville Street. The closets Metro Stations are Courthouse and Clarendon on the Orange and Silver lines.

Reminder: Claim your spot in this year's project. Signing up is simple. Go to our site and click the "Register for Your Team Now!" link.

Register a Team Here: http://www.48hourfilm.com/dc

RSVP via facebook

DC 48 Hour Film Project Networking Event

Thu, May 2, 2019 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Montgomery Community Media
7548 Standish Pl (27.47 mi) Rockville, Maryland 20855

Join us Thursday, May 2 to mingle with fellow filmmakers and friends. This event is a great opportunity to find a team and/or form a team and learn more about the 48-hour film project. We will be giving filmmaking tips, gear advice and information on how to navigate your 48-hour experience.

6:30pm – 7:00pm: Introductions / Sign in
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Producer Session
7:30pm – 9:00pm: Meet & Greet

48 Hour Film Project Topics will include:
1. 48-hour rules of the competition
2. What you need to know to lead your own team
3. Finding the right gear for your team
4. How to manage your team
5. How to operate on a team as a crew member
6. Writing tips
7. How to find actors
8. Q & A

Feel free to join us anytime between 6:30pm – 9:00pm.

Reminder: Claim your spot in this year's project. Signing up is simple. Go to our site and click the "Register for Your Team Now!" link.

Register a Team Here: http://www.48hourfilm.com/dc

RSVP via facebook

Kickoff Event

Fri, May 17, 2019 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, May 19, 2019
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Participating Teams

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

  • 51st State Lisa Scott
  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Barnyard Studios Clayton Spinney
  • Buzzed Bunnies Bradley Cheng
  • Can We Change This Later? (productions) Rick Jermain
  • Conservatory Productions Emily Collins
  • Cup O'Meat Productions Eric Kritzler
  • Discordian Films Joe Dzikiewicz
  • District Empire Productions Ronell Rashid
  • Don't Tell Freddie Joseph Henry
  • Dragonberry WTF Productions Benjamin Morris
  • Dupont Circle Pictures Thomas Jennings
  • Emerson Roman Elle Emerson
  • Just Mezin Justin Mezetin
  • Kingdom Glory Works Kevin Wheeler
  • Laugh Index Theatre Nancy Safavi
  • LoftonFilms John Lofton IV
  • Maximum Summer Esther Silberstein
  • Mental Props Lauren Unger
  • Motion Art Collective R Jay Molina
  • NCDAMade Nan Ficca
  • Naked Puppets Richard Atha-Nicholls
  • Parent Teacher Conference Callback Hotline Shaun Schroth
  • Pentimento Michelle Branigan
  • Plan R Films Ian D'Amelia
  • R Street Productions Peter Calafiura
  • SHRUG Productions Erica Rowe
  • Shepol Shepol Ebnabbasi
  • Team WIFV Melissa Houghton
  • Thoth Entertainment Jean Chemnick
  • Tohubohu Productions William Coughlan
  • Unknown Penguin Patrick Flynn
  • Untouchable Films Adam Patterson

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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