Washington, District of Columbia July 31 - August 2, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have rescheduled the Washington 48HFP from the original May dates to July 31 - August 2, 2020.

The COVID-19 virus has affected events all around the globe and we face an unknown time frame for how long closures and quarantines will stay in effect. We have made a commitment to protect the health of our filmmakers and the general public by deciding to reschedule our events to help prevent any further outbreak of the virus.

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We love films and the people who make them, and our hope is to keep everyone safe and happy and making awesome 48-hour films throughout the year!

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? July 31 - August 2, 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: Wednesday, May 27

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Jul 6
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 21
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 31

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Aug 2, 2020
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Thu, Aug 13, 2020
Group B: Thu, Aug 13, 2020
Group C: Fri, Aug 14, 2020
Group D: Fri, Aug 14, 2020
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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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