Cleveland, Ohio July 29 - 31, 2016

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Cleveland and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours! Teams of filmmakers have a single weekend - this one - to write, shoot and edit their short films! All completed entries will be unveiled on the big screen, at our premiere screenings.

Here are some important notes for 48HFP filmmakers:

  • Elements: The required elements for Cleveland will be listed on this page after kickoff.
  • Media: You must submit your film according to the formats listed on this page.
  • Documents: You must submit releases for all team members, all music, all locations, and any other copyrighted material, as well as a team leader's agreement, a roster, and a certification statement. These forms can be downloaded from on our Production Documents page.
  • Rules: You should make sure that your film complies with our Filmmaking Rules and Competition Rules. If you have questions about the rules, the best place to go is our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 48HFP Hotline: If you have a question during the filmmaking weekend, call the 48HFP Hotline. The number is on the Kickoff Info Sheet that your team representative was given at the kickoff. If you email us, you will probably not receive an answer in time, so please call.
  • Dropoff: Your film must be dropped off at the location listed on this page.

Be safe! Make great films! Good luck!


Elements Genres FAQs


Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264 (preferred), any native Final Cut Pro Codec, Apple ProRES , MPEG-4
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data Blu-Ray, Data DVD, Mini DV
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4) (preferred), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
  • Pixel Ratio: Square (1:1)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (23.976)
  • Interlacing: Interlaced
  • Audio Codec: ACC (.acc)

Registration Fees

  • Regular: $160 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 26
  • Late: $175 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 29
Register Your Team Now!Looking to Join a Team?

Required Elements

    Announced at Kickoff

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 29, 2016 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shore Cultural Center
291 East 222nd St., Euclid OH 44123

Our Kickoff event will take place in Room 152 of Shore Cultural Center. There is plenty of free parking in their lot, and the venue is right down the street from our screening theatre. Come watch our teams draw their genre and hear the announcements of the character, line of dialogue, and prop for this year's competition!

RSVP via facebook

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 31, 2016 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Shore Cultural Center
291 East 222nd St., Euclid OH 44123

We will be right outside Shore Cultural Center collecting films! Make it before our 7:30pm deadline to be on time.

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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

Best Of Cleveland 48HFP Screening & Awards

Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7
22624 Lakeshore Blvd, Euclid 44123

Which films are nominated for awards in this year's competition? Who will will the coveted Best Film Award, and move on to represent Cleveland at next year's Filmapalooza, and have a shot at screening at Cannes Film Festival? Find out at this event!

We will screen the top films from this year's competition and announce nominees for all of our top awards, followed immediately by a special awards ceremony where we will announce all of the award-winning films in this year's competition. List of films screening at this year's Best Of and a partial list of nominees will be announced on August 22nd. Nominees for the top awards will be announced at the Best Of Screening, so plan on attending so you can find out this year's winners!

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Wrap Party

Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Beach Club Bistro
21939 Lakeshore Blvd., Euclid OH 44123

All are invited to a wrap party immediately following the Best Of Screening & Awards. Come celebrate another great year of independent filmmaking in Cleveland!

Screening Groups

Group A Tuesday, August 9, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Aldous Mustache Jeffrey Lange
  • Cardboard Camera Mike Dobbins
  • Clum Mike Clum
  • Face Value Productions Logan Ford
  • Family 13 Productions Robert Puzzitiello
  • Films in Space Productions Anthony Taylor
  • HighSaun-Calhoun Films Cornell Calhoun III
  • Mfinity Media Myron Davis
  • My Albatross David Thonnings
  • Szego Films Scott Szego
  • Team Untitled Mathew Huested
  • Velvet Buck Productions Donn Nottage
  • Wabi-Sabi Productions brian difrancisco

Group B Tuesday, August 9, 2016 @ 9:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Amzur Productions Amber Benford
  • CLEver Productions Nick Fiorella
  • Dark Horses Productions Pauline Nowakowski
  • Flat Egg Films Jennifer Smale
  • FreshStart Productions Arina Băjan-Zaciu
  • Garage Creative Dave McLean
  • Green Screen Avengers Rob Troxell
  • Infinite Nueve Productions Joshua Villalta
  • Joatee William Bradford
  • Pound Cake Productions Grant Heineman
  • red Bicycle James Pizarro
  • Red Kurtain Production Jessie DeLap
  • Uncanny Films Paul Zakrzewski

Group C Wednesday, August 10, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Blewp RInse Lucas Horvat
  • Cosmic Octopus Daniel Clement
  • EPOS Productions Matt Petrunak
  • Focal Point Pictures Peter Matuszewski
  • Fox Trot Kaitie Fox
  • Get The Pix Productions Jonathan Klein
  • Gone Fishin' Productions Chris Bilecki
  • Harper Productions Antonio Harper
  • J-Crew Johnny Wu
  • KTFilms Kevin Taylor
  • Liminal Space Productions Anthony Newman
  • Ring-A-DingDing Productions John Burgio
  • Stupid Ideas Studios Justin Phillips
  • White Midnight Scott Brosius

Screening Group To Be Determined

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Back Road Pictures Michael Turner
  • Hot Chinatown Garbage Sam Fasano

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