Washington, District of Columbia May 5 - 7, 2023

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? May 5 - 7, 2023

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.

Write, shoot, and edit a short film over the weekend and see it PREMIERE on the BIG SCREEN!

All Welcome!  First-timer to Hobbyists to Amateurs to Professionals!

Take your filmmaking to the NEXT LEVEL!

Wherever you are currently in your filmmaking journey, the 48 Hour Film Project is a valuable next step!  

     •. Make your FIRST film... the first of many!

     •. Create a film (or another film!) for your reel

     •  Practice new techniques -- in a low-risk setting

     •. Find new filmmaking partners to work with, beginning on a (very!) short-term basis

     •  Create work to help show off your skills to find that next job!

The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2024 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2024 Short Film Corner!

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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $158 USD/team ends Tue, Apr 11
  • Regular: $178 USD/team ends Tue, Apr 25
  • Late: $198 USD/team ends Fri, May 5
Register Your Team Now!Find Team / Team Members

French In Motion/48HFP Happy Hour!

Thu, Mar 30, 2023 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Clubhouse: Coffee & Cocktails (Located in Georgetown Park)
1070 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Come chat about the upcoming 48 Hour Film Project May 5-7, plus all things film!  We're partnering with French in Motion for this event, so come meet new folks!

"48 Hour Film Project: Tips and Tricks” TIVA/48HFP Presentation, PLUS Tour of Henninger Media Services ($10 Early Bird!)

Tickets: $10.00 USD PURCHASE
Thu, Apr 6, 2023 @ 6:30pm - 9:00pm
1320 N. Courthouse RD #130, Arlington, VA

We've partnered to TIVA to present this panel of award-winning 48 Hour Filmmakers!

 ever thought about forming a team and being a part of the 48-Hour Film Festival? Have you entered over the years and had things go wonderfully right or have you encountered some learning lessons and production challenges? What are the successful approaches to bringing it all together? How have the veterans and winners of this collaborative event made it work? The secrets will be told! Come to an insightful "behind-the-Scenes" panel of 48-hour Film Festival veterans who will show portions of completed work (~2:00) and share insights on how to approach the 48-hour experience, tips to create team work, and other stories from the front line.

And get a tour of Henninger Media Sevices, the Leading Video Production & Post Production Company in Arlington, VA., founded in 1983 by Rob Henninger on five core values: Quality, Service, Innovation, Teamwork and Creativity.  Henninger Media offers Full Service Video Production and Post Production Services, Including:  Video Production | Video Post Production | Edit Suite Rentals | Design & Animation | Digitization & Archiving Services | DCP & Blu-Ray| Captioning, QC & Delivery.

Henninger Media Services provides professional video production and post production services across the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Join us April 6th from 6:30 - 9:00 PM, at Henninger, 1320 N. Courthouse RD #130, Arlington, VA 22201. 

Register here:

Don't miss this opportunity to find out more and see how you can capitalize on this occasion.

Kickoff Event

Fri, May 5, 2023 @ 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, May 7, 2023
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Virtual via Cinema48

The final film and paperwork are to be uploaded to https://Cinema48.com.

For instructions, including a video tutorial, go here:


Premiere Screenings

Group A: Thu, May 18, 2023
Group B: Thu, May 18, 2023
Group C: Fri, May 19, 2023
Group D: Fri, May 19, 2023
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Best Of Screening

Thu, Jun 1, 2023 @ 7:00pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264
  • Media: Online Submission
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4), MPEG 4 (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
  • Pixel Ratio: Square (1:1)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS, 24 FPS (23.976), 25 FPS, 30 FPS (29.97)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • Audio Codec: AAC (.aac), WAV (.wav), MPEG4 (.mp4)
  • Maximum File Size: 2.0GB

Online Submission on Cinema48.com. Make sure your team leader is registered.

Participating Teams

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

  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Aircrew Studios Clint Watnee
  • Am I Wrong? John Zalubski
  • Capitol Interactive Joseph Cathey
  • Could Have Been abdullah Syed
  • Crimes of the Art Joe Dzikiewicz
  • Dupont Circle Pictures Thomas Jennings
  • Emma's Rice Pudding Matthew Vargas
  • Gummy Bear Ninjas Trent Duncan
  • Jagged Edge Productions Tim Tilert
  • Kingdom Glory Works Kevin Wheeler
  • Late Bloomers Todd Post
  • Laughing with the Storm Ted Hogeman
  • Little Green Ghouls Hex Knouff
  • Matched Set Productions Mike Watkins
  • Riegelfilms/Thoth Entertainment Quentin Riegel
  • SplashThink Studios Robert Beltrone
  • TBD Daniel Martinez
  • Team WIFV Melissa Houghton
  • The Amenders Toby Mananzan
  • Unknown Penguin Patrick Flynn
  • 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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