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

Announcing the Winners

After much deliberation, our distinguished panel of judges has selected this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers and teams who participated. We are proud to announce our winners.

Kudos to Star Wipe Films for winning Best Film of 2020! Their film One Day will go on to represent Washington, DC against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2021.

We were honored to present the  DC 48 Hour Film Project 2020 Awards on Thursday, August 27th.  Here is the link to the livestream:
https://www.facebook.com/dc48hfp/videos/626305081615222


And a special THANK YOU to our Judging Panel:

Austin & Meredith Bragg -- Filmmakers and 4-time Winners of the DC 48 Hour Film Project, whose latest short, A Piece of Cake, premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.

Christian Oh -- President of the Board, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Cathie Saadeh - President of the Board, Women in Film & Video Washington, DC

Many, many thanks to our esteemed judging panel.  Their dedication to reviewing this year's DC 48HFP films and making tough decisions is much appreciated!

Watch the DC 48HFP 2020 Films!

Did you miss the DC 48HFP Premieres or want to see them again?!?!?

You can watch the films here -- they are available on-demand (to rent $2.99 or to own $5.99) on Gathr.com:


Group A: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dc48a

Group B: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dc48b

(Spoiler Alert!  The winner of Best Film is in Group A!!!)

We hope you enjoy the films!




1st Place: Best Film of 2020

One Day by Star Wipe Films

2nd Place: Best Film of 2020

The Sisters Melon by The Dead Giveaways

3rd Place: Best Film of 2020

Sweet Escape by Maximum Summer

Required Elements

  • Character: Holly or Harry Triangle, Accountant
  • Prop: a melon
  • Line: ""If I speak, I'm in big trouble." OR "If I speak, I am in big trouble.""

Audience Favorite: Group A

One Day by Star Wipe Films

Audience Favorite: Group B

Socks by Mini Milers

Best Writing

Neil Conway The Sisters Melon by The Dead Giveaways

Best Editing

Ronnie Zane & Michael Dillahunt Jr. The Great Cause by Pre Pre Productions

Best Directing

Brian Pennington One Day by Star Wipe Films

Best Cinematography

Brian Pennington One Day by Star Wipe Films

Best Sound Design

One Day by Star Wipe Films

Honorable Mention
life mate by Electric City

Best Musical Score

Ger Fitzgerald, Sound Designer and Composer Strange Crossings by R Street Films

Best Actor

Vishwas as "Harry Triangle" One Day by Star Wipe Films

Best Actress

Tamieka Chavis as "Heaven Triangle" Tri-Angles by WildFlower Productions

Best Ensemble Acting

Sayki as "Harry", Tamieka Chavis as "Heaven" and Kara Alexis as "Holly" of the Triangle family Tri-Angles by WildFlower Productions

Best Graphics

Separation Smackdown by Tohubohu Productions

Best Costumes

Linda Wilson The Sisters Melon by The Dead Giveaways

Team Tohubohu Productions Separation Smackdown by Tohubohu Productions

Best Use of Character

Wake, Interrupted by Jagged Edge Productions

Best Use of Prop

Sweet Escape by Maximum Summer

Best Use of Line

The Sisters Melon by The Dead Giveaways

Honorable Mention
"Ante Up" by Edge of Edgy by Edge of Edgy

Best Poster

Amore Melone by SFA Entertainment

Best Trailer

The Great Cause by Pre Pre Productions

Producer's Award

Separation Smackdown by Tohubohu Productions

Honorable Mention
Tri-Angles by WildFlower Productions

2020 Film List

  • "Ante Up" by Edge of Edgy by Edge of Edgy

    Brady and his nefarious associates play a game of poker for each others' memories.

  • Amelia by MacGuffin Supply Co.

    An Account comes over to help his friend, little does he know what secret she's hiding.

  • Amore Melone by SFA Entertainment

    In the real world, Holly Triangle is just a plain Jane accountant. But online, she’s a well-traveled, adventurous, and cultured woman. Maintaining her virtual persona has been a breeze up until this morning when her online love interest invited himself over for a dinner date. Now she has just a few hours before she’ll meet her crush face to face.

  • By All Accounts by Nazar

    Later

  • Consciousness by Cloud Crew Productions

    A young woman must listen to her extraterrestrial companion, a voice inside her head, in order to find the truth.

  • Counter Interest by Naked Puppets

    Exactly who is Harry Triangle?

  • Friendship Camp by Trial and Error

    Lifelong friends on the outs decide to repair their friendship at woodland retreat.

  • happy.exe by Conservatory Productions

    A troubled young actress struggles to find real happiness in the face of family stress.

  • life mate by Electric City

    In year 2056, people worldwide have stopped giving birth. In response to the depleting population, authoritarian regimes have created a matchmaking program to pair people with their "life mate", based on genetics, to raise the chances of procreation. Alex and Ben seemed like a perfect match but there's more than meets the eye.

  • Mellon Man by Actors with Strings

    An accountant at a Watermellon farm realizes he has a superpower and uses it to fight crime

  • Not the Forest by Starshine Studios

    A group of amateur detectives attempt to solve the case of a child that went missing four months ago.

  • One Day by Star Wipe Films

    A woman reliving the same day learns the hardest part is taking the next step.

  • Separation Smackdown by Tohubohu Productions

    In this era of social distancing, we have all had to adjust to new ways of interacting. But for those who work in the full-contact field of professional (or semi-professional) wrestling, the challenges are particularly burdensome to overcome.

  • Socks by Mini Milers

    Socks search for meaning

  • Strange Crossings by R Street Films

    Two disparate souls cross paths in their journey through time, and bridge the gaps of life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Sweet Escape by Maximum Summer

    With the quarantine putting stress on his relationship at home, Mark builds a virtual connection with a co-worker.

  • The Cooking Hour by The 400 Drifters

    A Lead Actor, Director and produce butt heads amongst each other so they can achieve their vision of a new, revolutionary cooking show.

  • The Great Cause by Pre Pre Productions

    When two friends go looking for a higher calling...things get weird fast.

  • The Sisters Melon by The Dead Giveaways

    A sleepy accountant finds himself deep in a melonious mystery

  • Tri-Angles by WildFlower Productions

    Estranged family...Can they all get along?

  • Triple Indemnity by Can We Change This Later? (productions)

    Boy hires his accountant who moonlights as a Private Detective to find his mother's murderer.

  • Wake, Interrupted by Jagged Edge Productions

    A virtual (online) wake for a recently-deceased colleague takes some interesting turns


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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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