Washington, District of Columbia August 6 - 8, 2021

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? August 6 - 8, 2021

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 2022 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2022 Short Film Corner.


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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Jul 12
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 27
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Aug 6
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Kickoff Event

Fri, Aug 6, 2021 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Aug 8, 2021
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Group B: Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Group C: Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Group D: Fri, Aug 20, 2021
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Participating Teams

Here are some of the teams that will be making a short film.

  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Cup O'Meat Productions Eric Kritzler
  • Dupont Circle Pictures Thomas Jennings
  • Naked Puppets Richard Atha-Nicholls
  • PMG Crew Charlie Puritano
  • Quantum Firefly David Bartell
  • R Street Films Peter Calafiura
  • Riegelfilms / Roaring Twenties Quentin Riegel
  • SFA Entertainment Sam Aung
  • SHRUG Productions Erica Rowe
  • Team WIFV Melissa Houghton
  • Telex Emre Yagci
  • Too Much Damn ("TMD") Theater Dara Gold
  • Very Fast Pig Lora Engdahl
  • theMAXeffect Max Antunes

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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