Des Moines, Iowa July 20 - 22, 2018

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Des Moines 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 Des Moines will be listed on this page after kickoff.
  • Media: You must submit your film according to the formats listed lower 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, MPEG-4
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data DVD
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred), Standard (4:3), Anamorphic
  • Pixel Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (23.976)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • Audio Codec: AAC (.aac), WAV (.wav)
  • Maximum File Size: 2.0GB (preferred)

Required Elements

  • Character: Michael or Megan D'Amato, chef
  • Prop: Headphones or earbuds
  • Line: "Why am I always last?"

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 20, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Des Moines Social Club - Kum & Go Theater
901 Cherry Street Des Moines 50309
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Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 22, 2018 @ 5:00pm - 7:30pm
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Des Moines Social Club - Kum & Go Theater
901 Cherry Street Des Moines 50309

Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $10.00 USD
Group A: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Group B: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 7:15pm
Group C: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Fleur Cinema
4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines 50321
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Best Of Screening

Tickets: $20.00 USD
Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Fleur Cinema
4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines 50321
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Screening Groups

Group A Wednesday, August 1, 2018 @ 7:00pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Agic Production Sanjin Agic
  • Bad Baby Productions Heather Ryan
  • Fake News Matt Tribble
  • Gladhouse Studio Gary DeSomber
  • GreySpark Productions Andrew Richlen
  • Keep The Change Films Sid Juwarker
  • Primitive Filmworks Jeff Gray
  • Sliding Rock Productions Corey Henderson
  • Specter Imagery & Films Blaire Burns
  • Team F.I.I.P. Carl Busch
  • Valley Drama Family Darin Webb
  • white poison industries Nick Strickland

Group B Wednesday, August 1, 2018 @ 7:15pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Baseball Team John Krantz
  • Conjunction Media David Dubczak
  • DEFT Bruce Bales
  • Dok Studios Johnny Reeves
  • Feature Presentation Silas Pippitt
  • IDFW Charlotte Hilker
  • LightSmith Media Justin Smith
  • One Genome Short Productions Gabriel Rowold
  • One22 Studios Michael Huntington
  • Sea Urchin Productions Daniel Kauten
  • Slow AF Thai Luong
  • Trans-iowa Canal Company Les Roth

Group C Thursday, August 2, 2018 @ 7:00pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Bando Banditos Tyler Robinson
  • Diplodocus Pictures Ryan Sanderson
  • Fellow Kids Jacob Meade
  • Fried Ice Mason McGrew
  • Molten Lotion Bickley Riley
  • Nameless Productions Clara Carlson
  • Silver Eagle Productions Lando McPherson
  • The FINE Group Aaron Bandy
  • The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly Jared Sackett
  • Tiny Explosions Patrick Boberg
  • Two Creek Productions Jeremiah Scavo
  • WRINKLED SHORTS Scott Sales

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