Laredo, Texas July 31 - August 2, 2020

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 Laredo, TX 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.

Genres Elements FAQs

Registration Fees Registration Opens: Tuesday, May 19

  • Early Bird: $125 USD/team ends Mon, Jul 6
  • Regular: $135 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 21
  • Late: $145 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 31

48HFP Laredo Mixer at Embassy Suites

Tue, Apr 28, 2020 @ 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton
110 Calle Del Norte, Laredo, Texas 78041

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LearnThink Media presents 48 Hour Film Project Laredo's Network Mixer Event at Embassy Suites by Hilton. If you're looking for a team to be a part of, a film crew, or actors/actresses you're at the right place. Establish your team WELL BEFORE our early registration mixer event. Don't forget to bring plenty of business cards for a chance to win prizes! DISCLAIMER: You must be present to win!

Have questions: Reach out to Roxanne Peña or email at:

Get ready for the 48HFP!

Embassy Suites by Hilton
110 Calle del Norte
Laredo, Texas 78041
Ph: (956) 723-9100

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48HFP Laredo Early Registration Mixer

Tue, May 19, 2020 @ 8:30pm
Cultura Beer Garden
916 Salinas Ave.

LearnThink Media proudly presents Laredo's Inaugural 48 Hour Film Project. Write, shoot, edit, score, and export a short film in just 48 hours. Learn more about 48HFP at our early registration and mixer event.

If you have your crew ready, take advantage of our early bird registration price. Register at:

Cultura Beer Garden
Tuesday, May 19
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Please RSVP

Don't have a film crew or actors/actresses yet? Don't worry, that's what this event is for! You still have time to meet others who are interested in participating in this one-of-a-kind filmmaking event. Spread the word to amateur filmmakers, professional filmmakers, actors/actresses and film crews.

Have questions? Reach out to Laredo's City Producer, Roxanne Peña at:

RSVP via facebook

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Frontera Beer & Wine Garden
3301 San Bernardo Ave., Laredo, Texas 78040


Teams select their genres, specific character, prop, and line is revealed. IMPORTANT: Line must be used verbatim. You are allowed to select two genres, one from group 1 and one from group 2. Your film must be true to either one. You may also be creative and combine genres, provided that one of your assigned genres is clearly present. NOTE: You cannot trade your genres with other teams. 

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Dropoff Event

Sun, Aug 2, 2020 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Frontera Beer & Wine Garden
3301 San Bernardo Ave., Laredo, Texas 78040

IMPORTANT: You must arrive by 7:30 p.m. to be accepted for Best Film.  If there is a line, you must take a photo of the line before you to time stamp your arrival for proof. 

Please submit your film and all paperwork at this time. Any teams that arrive after 7:30 p.m. will be eligible for an audience choice award (late category) but will not be accepted for Best Film. 

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Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $15.00 USD
Sat, Aug 15, 2020 @ 12:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Laredo
11210 East Point Dr., Laredo, Texas 78045

Tickets are $15.00 per guest. Register early and receive $3 off the regular ticket price. Tickets are non-refundable. 

Early Registration: July 20 - July 31 ends at 11:59 p.m.  CODE: earlybirdL48HFP

Regular Registration: August 1 - August 15

Limited seating available. Must show proof of ticket purchase. 

Awards Ceremony

Sat, Aug 15, 2020 @ 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Frontera Beer & Wine Garden
3301 San Bernardo Ave., Laredo, Texas 78040

Awards Ceremony

Your film is eligible to win the following categories: 

  • Best Directing 
  • Best Actor 
  • Best Actress
  • Best Writing 
  • Best Cinematography 
  • Best Song
  • Best Editing 
  • Best Sound 
  • Best Use of Prop 
  • Best Use of Line 
  • Best Use of Character 
  • Audience Choice Award  
  • ******Best Film******

NOTE: If you did not submit your film on time, you still qualify to receive Audience Choice Award (for late films). 

Wrap Party

Sat, Aug 15, 2020 @ 9:00pm - 1:00am
Frontera Beer & Wine Garden
3301 San Bernardo Ave., Laredo, Texas 78040

NOTE: Receive a discount on beverages with proof of Eventbrite ticket from Inaugural 48 Hour Film Festival + glassware while supplies last.

Enjoy food from Celementine's, Tacho's (other vendors TBA) and drinks from Frontera Beer Garden. Listen to live music and celebrate your successes! You've made this far!

Frontera Beer & Wine Garden
3301 San Bernardo Ave. #24A
Laredo, Texas 78040
Saturday, August 15, 2020
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

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Required Media

  • Video Codec: Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (preferred), H.264
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred)
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4) (preferred), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred), Standard (4:3)
  • Pixel Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred), Standard (4:3)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (23.976), 25 FPS, 30 FPS (29.97), 24 FPS, 30 FPS
  • Audio Codec: MPEG3 (.mp3) (preferred), WAV (.wav), MPEG4 (.mp4)

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