Cleveland, Ohio July 29 - 31, 2016

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? July 29 - 31, 2016

The challenge? To make a film in only 48 hours!

Filmmakers from all over the Cleveland, OH 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 2017 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, Court Métrage.

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Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $140 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 5
  • Regular: $160 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 26
  • Late: $175 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 29
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CLE48HFP Horror Project Screenings at Horror Hotel

Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 6:00pm
Clarion Inn & Conference Center
6625 Dean Memorial Parkway, Hudson 44236

Watch some of the top films from the 2015 CLE48HFP Horror Project screen at the International Horror Hotel. The following 48HFP films will be a part of the 6:00pm screening on June 9th:

Control by Gone Fishin' Productions

INTERVENTION by eMpTy-Light-Pack

Hive by Labyrinth Films

Advance weekend passes to the Horror Hotel may be available, as well as day passes and tickets to individual screenings--see for more information.

The International Horror Hotel Film Festival and Convention is held every June in Hudson. The event includes screenings of Horror films, a convention, FX Makeup competitions, a Scream Queen competition, film competitions, script competitions, and a film scoring competition. The 2016 Horror Hotel will be held June 9th-12th. For more information, visit

Cleveland 48HFP: Ask Me Anything!

Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Cleveland 48HFP Producer Brian Bowers will answer all of your questions about this year's 48HFP events, rules, best practices, and filmmaking tips. Register for free in advance at

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48HFP Filmmaker Mastermind Dinner

Tue, Jul 5, 2016

Win a chance to have dinner with a group of film industry pros at this Filmmaker Mastermind Dinner. Any registered Cleveland 48HFP team leader can apply at Team leaders must be registered for this year's 48HFP AND register for the Mastermind Dinner by July 5th, 2016. The following day one entry will be selected at random as the winner. Dinner will be at a mutually agreed upon time before our 48HFP film weekend (July 29-31). This is your chance to hang out with creative geniuses in the film industry and ask them ANYTHING--filmmaking tips, how to get into festivals, or how to get started in the industry. This is an incredible opportunity for filmmakers at any level!

Register your team for the 48HFP and then apply for the Mastermind Dinner by July 5th at

Panel of Masterminds to be announced soon!

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Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 29, 2016 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 31, 2016
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Tue, Aug 9, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Group B: Tue, Aug 9, 2016 @ 9:30pm
Group C: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7
22624 Lakeshore Blvd, Euclid 44123

Participating Teams

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

  • Amzur Productions Amber Benford
  • Cosmic Octopus Daniel Clement
  • Flat Egg Films Jennifer Smale
  • J-Crew Johnny Wu
  • Szego Films Scott Szego
  • White Midnight Scott Brosius

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