Washington, District of Columbia October 11 - 13, 2019

Get Ready for A Twisted Challenge!

The weekend? October 11 - 13, 2019

The challenge? To make a sci-fi or horror film in only 48 hours!

Do you like to be scared? Do you love Hitchcock? Not your cup of tea? How about time travel - or space travel for that matter?!? Pick your pleasure... Bring on the aliens and spacecrafts - or - the fake blood and rumbling undercurrents. Either way, get ready for a weekend you won't forget!!

Filmmakers from all over the Washington, DC area will compete to see who can make the best science fiction and/or horror short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will screen at Filmapalooza 2020.


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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $150 USD/team ends Mon, Sep 16
  • Regular: $175 USD/team ends Fri, Oct 11

Repeat Offender? Participants that registered a team for the regular 48HFP during the previous 12 months will receive a $25 USD discount. Register Your Team Now!Find Team / Team Members

Kickoff Event

Fri, Oct 11, 2019 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Oct 13, 2019
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Mon, Oct 28, 2019 @ 7:15pm @ AFI Silver Theater
Group B: Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 7:15pm @ AFI Silver Theater
Group C: Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 7:15pm @ AFI Silver Theater

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
  • Can We Change This Later? (productions) Rick Jermain
  • Clairvoyance Shaquille Pariag
  • Conservatory Productions Nan Ficca
  • Crash of Rhinos Nan Ficca
  • Discordian Films Mikki Barry
  • Emerson Elle Emerson
  • Fort Smallwood Productions Benjamin Morris
  • LoftonFilms John Lofton IV
  • Movie Mad Horror Vanessa Anthony
  • Naked Puppets Richard Atha-Nicholls
  • No Sleep Till Sunday Erika Liliedahl
  • Quantum Firefly David Bartell
  • SHRUG Productions Erica Rowe
  • The BAC G Crew Bryan Smith
  • Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater Dara Gold
  • laughing with the storm Ted Hogeman

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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