Washington, District of Columbia May 15 - 17, 2020

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? May 15 - 17, 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

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Apr 20
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, May 5
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, May 15
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Kickoff Event

Fri, May 15, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, May 17, 2020
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Fri, May 29, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Group B: Fri, May 29, 2020 @ 9:45pm
Group C: Sat, May 30, 2020 @ 4:00pm
Group D: Sat, May 30, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Group E: Sat, May 30, 2020 @ 9:45pm
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Best Of Screening

Sat, Jun 27, 2020 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Come out and celebrate filmmaking in DC on Saturday June 27! These 48 Hour Films were produced on the weekend of May 15th-May 17th. Come out and support your local filmmakers and watch their amazing short films at the Best Of Screening where winners will be announced in over 30 categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Writing, Acting Awards and more.

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Participating Teams

Here are some of the teams that will be making a short film for Washington in only 48 hours.

  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Crash of Rhinos Nan Ficca
  • Discordian Films Joe Dzikiewicz
  • Don't Tell Freddie Joseph Henry
  • Dupont Circle Pictures Thomas Jennings
  • Emerson Elle Emerson
  • Jagged Edge Productions Tim Tilert
  • Just Mezin Justin Mezetin
  • Kingdom Glory Works Kevin Wheeler
  • Laugh Index Theatre Nancy Safavi
  • Mental Props Lauren Unger
  • Naked Puppets Richard Atha-Nicholls
  • Quantum Firefly David Bartell
  • R Street Films Peter Calafiura
  • SFA Entertainment Sam Aung
  • Starshine Studios Saebyul Hong
  • TBD Mike Watkins
  • Team WIFV Melissa Houghton
  • Tohubohu Productions William Coughlan
  • Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater Dara Gold
  • WTP Films William Powell

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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