Houston, Texas June 15 - 17, 2018

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? June 15 - 17, 2018

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

Filmmakers from all over the Houston, TX 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 2019 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 Short Film Corner.

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Registration Fees

  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jun 5
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Jun 15
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HFC First Thursdays Short Film Screening

Thu, Jun 7, 2018
Cafe Brasil
2604 Dunlavy Street, Houston 77006

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jun 15, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jun 17, 2018
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Group B: Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 9:30pm
Group C: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Group D: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 9:30pm
TBH Center
333 S Jensen, Houston 77003 USA

Best Of Screening

Group 1: Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Group 2: Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 9:30pm
TBH Center
333 S Jensen, Houston 77003 USA

Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264 (preferred), DV-NTSC, DVCProHD, Motion JPEG-A, MPEG-4, Any Non-Proprietary Codec
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data DVD
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred), Standard (4:3)
  • Frame Rate: 30 FPS (29.97) (preferred), 24 FPS (23.976)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • No media will be returned
  • We are working on Windows – please format your USB as NTFS
  • Films should be output with a non-proprietary codec. Absolutely no proprietary Final Cut codecs (ie, Apple Pro-Res). We will not be able to import the video and it will be disqualified.
  • Make sure your complete movie is in the file
  • Please check your sound levels to ensure they are relatively even throughout the film – one of our biggest problems with submissions is films that are very loud in some places and hard to hear in others
  • Please submit a back up copy of your film – as long as we can work with a version of the film that was submitted on time, you're eligible for judges awards
  • MiniDV tapes and video DVDs are not accepted

Participating Teams

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

  • Bubble and Squeak Productions Julia Lyons-Ryle
  • 2ManCrew Marissa Viso
  • Alpha Flight Films Ruben Ybarra
  • Creative Workarounds Paul Dufilho
  • DownSwing productions Christopher McElroy
  • Gems By Jill Jill Moffitt
  • GraveTexan Presents Lindsay Smith
  • Hitchhikers Ariel Juarez
  • McNorta Film Institute Ross McNevin
  • Orange Peel Travis Myers
  • Perfect Time To Panic Productions Gary "Steve" Kennedy
  • Powderkeg Productions Cassie Randall
  • Shallow Pond Films (in collusion with Must See Cinema) Meredith Kalinov
  • Story Teller Films | DKB Swapnil Tambadkar
  • The B-Rollers Greg Flakus
  • Two Cent Productions Joey Hancock
  • lit films Tim Lozano

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