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48x2 Animation Project

Are you an animator or always wanted to try animating. The 48 Hour Film Project has a competition specifically for you. You will have 4 days to create an animated short film. All types of animation are acceptable (including live action composited with animation).

48x2 Animation Project 2020 Tour 48x2 Animation Project Generi

Four Points Film Project

The Four Points Film Challenge - formerly the National Film Challenge was founded for all of the filmmakers around the world who don't live in a city with its own local 48HFP event.

It is the same concept as the 48HFP, but the Kickoff Event and Dropoff Event are handled online so that location is not a barrier.

Four Points Film Project

48 Hour Film Horror Project

Do you like to be scared? Do you like to laugh? Do you love Hitchcock? Bring on the fake blood and the rumbling undercurrent sound effect and get ready for a weekend you won't forget.

48 Hour Filmmaking With A Scary Twist!!

The 48 Hour Film Horror Project is similar to the flagship competition we all know and love - except all of the genres are horror-themed.

Seattle, WA HORROR 2020

48 Hour Film Science Fiction Project

Do you like futuristic technology? How about time travel - or space travel for that matter?!? Bring on the aliens, spacecrafts and alternate dimensions and get ready for a weekend to remember!!

48 Hour Filmmaking With A Side Of Science!!

The 48 Hour Film Science Fiction Project is similar to the flagship competition we all know and love - except all of the genres are sci-fi themed.


48 Hour Film Science Fiction Horror Project

Do you like to be scared? Do you love Hitchcock? Not your cup of tea? How about time travel - or space travel for that matter?!? Pick your pleasure... Bring on the aliens and spacecrafts - or - the fake blood and rumbling undercurrents. Either way, get ready for a weekend you won't forget.

48 Hour Filmmaking With A Side Of Science And A Scary Twist!!

The 48 Hour Film Science Fiction Horror Project is similar to the flagship competition we all know and love - except all of the genres are sci-fi and horror-themed.


48 Hour Film Comedy Project

Do you love to make others laugh? Then it's time to show us your comedy chops by combining it with your love for fast-paced filmmaking.

48 Hour Filmmaking With A Hilarious Twist!!

The 48 Hour Film Holiday Project is similar to the flagship competition we all know and love - except all of the genres are comedy-themed.


48 Hour Film Holiday Project

Do you love Christmas? Thanksgiving? Easter? Then it's time to show us your holiday spirit by combining with your love for fast-paced filmmaking.

48 Hour Filmmaking With Seasonal Cheer!!

The 48 Hour Film Holiday Project is similar to the flagship competition we all know and love - except all of the genres are holiday-themed.


48 Hour Film Pink Project

The 48 Hour Pink celebrates LGBT+ themed films, by connecting filmmakers and LGBT+ film fans. As with the flagship competition we all know and love, filmmakers will create short films in only 48 hours - with required elements and all.

Films made for 48 Hour Pink will be screened at the Roze filmdagen in Amsterdam. The winner of the 48 Hour Pink will be screened in cinemas across the Netherlands as part of the Gay Night program. On top of that the Roze filmdagen will support you in getting your film to international film festivals.

Amsterdam, NL PINK 2020

48 Hour Film OUT Project

The 48 Hour Film OUT Project celebrates LGBT+ themed films, by connecting filmmakers and LGBT+ film fans. As with the flagship competition we all know and love, filmmakers will create short films in only 48 hours - with required elements and all.


48 Hour Film CineKid Project

Cinekid - which takes place in the Netherlands - is the world's largest children's film festival. The CineKid 48HFP was organized just for this festival and challenges teams to make the best short children's film in a single weekend.

The 48 Hour Film Cinekid Project is similar to the flagship competition we all know and love - with the following modifications:

  • The genres are all kid-friendly.
  • The movie must be spoken in Dutch.
  • The films must be suitable for children (6-14 years)
Amsterdam, NL CINEKID 2020

48 Hour Film 360/VR Project

48 Hour Filmmaking With An Interactive Twist!!

48HFP goes all the way 360/VR. The 48 Hour Film 360VR Project is similar to the flagship competition we all know and love - except in this exciting weekend you create a 360 film or even an interactive experience!!


48 Hour Film Music Video Project

The 48 Hour Music Video Project is a creative contest where bands/songwriters team with filmmakers to create a music video in only 48 hours.

It is the ultimate challenge of creativity and cooperation.


48 Hour Film Politics & Comedy Project

The 48 Hour Film Politics & Comedy Project is very similar to the regular 48HFP - the biggest difference being that all of the short films must be comedies or political thrillers.

From the daily intrigue of government to the ridiculous, often comical, behavior on Capitol Hill, our special competition asks you to put Washington in the spotlight.


US Virtual 48

2020 has brought lots of changes to the world around us.  The 48 Hour Film Project returns to selected cities in a new, online form, featuring an online Kickoff, online Drop Off and live streaming Premiere Screenings of the films.



US VIRTUAL 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT

October 16-18, 2020

All Events are Virtual!



The traditional 48 Hour Film Project was canceled in your city this year, but the US Virtual 48HFP offers you and your team an opportunity to make a film and possibly be selected for Filmapalooza.


The US VIrtual 48:

Is open ONLY to teams in cities where there was no 48 Hour Film Project in 2020 Places each team in a streaming/judging group based on geography--24 teams per group (max) Features streaming of all films and awards--including the Audience Award Screens the Best Film from each streaming/judging group at Filmapalooza The health and safety of your team are always important—and of particular emphasis this year. We provide teams with a copy of “Safe Sets Recommendations” that cover most aspects of making a film. In addition, we will be requiring each team to send us a Certificate that one of the team members has completed an online Safe Sets course. (The course allows you to go at your own speed and usually takes 15-30 minutes to complete.) For more info, click here: https://48hourfilm.com/news-articles/194/48HFP-Safe-Set-Guidelines


Streaming/Judging Groups

Teams will be placed in geographic streaming/judging groups of up to 24 teams. Each streaming/judging pool will send the Best Film from the pool to Filmapalooza!

NOTE: If there are 12 or more teams from a city, those teams will form their own separate streaming/judging group. (e.g., if there are 14 teams from Chicago, there will be a Chicago judging pool. And the winner will be the Best Film of the Chicago 48HFP!)


All the Elements of the 48HFP

· Kickoff with two genres to choose from and a character, prop and line of dialogue to include in your film

· Drop Off on Sunday night—this year you can upload your film and paperwork

· A premiere screening online—see your film and enjoy other filmmakers’ films

· Awards Announcement—with one film from each streaming/judging group going to Filmapalooza


Eligibility

The US Virtual 48HFP is open only to teams from the official list of “US Virtual 48HFP" Cities. Our definition of “from” means that one of the following applies to your team:

a) one or more members of the team live in the MSA (metropolitan statistical area) of the city, and/or

b) the team has participated in the city’s competition in the past, and/or

c) you registered for the city as part of the New Year’s Promotion in January 2020.


Not only will the Best Films of the US Virtual 48HFP screen at Filmapalooza, but they will also be eligible for the annual global 48HFP awards! In addition, they will compete to be selected for the 48HFP Screening Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner!


Register your team today!

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