The 48 Hour Film Project

Genres over the Years

The 48 Hour Film Project has had over 40 genres over the years. They've included:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Adventure Serial
  • Animal Film
  • Anniversary/Birthday
  • Buddy Film
  • Children's Film
  • Comedy
  • Coming of Age
  • Dark Comedy
  • Detective/Cop
  • Disaster Film
  • Doppelganger Movie
  • Drama
  • Fable
  • Family Film
  • Fantasy
  • Fictional Biopic
  • Film Noir
  • Film de Femme (see below)
  • Foreign Film (only used in the United States)
  • Ghost Movie
  • Heist
  • Holiday Film
  • Horror
  • Martial Arts
  • Mockumentary
  • Musical or Western
  • Mystery
  • Period Piece (used to be known as Historical Fiction)
  • Political Drama
  • Road Movie
  • Romance
  • Sci Fi
  • Silent Film (see below)
  • Sports Film
  • Spy
  • Stoner Film
  • Superhero
  • Surprise Ending
  • Thriller/Suspense
  • Time Travel Movie
  • Tragedy
  • War or Anti-War Film

Film de Femme

Never heard of a Film de Femme? That's because we invented it! This genre is specifically designed by the 48HFP to encourage strong roles for females in 48HFP films. A Film de Femme is a film featuring one or more strong female characters. Romantic comedies or "chick flicks" are included in this genre, but are only a subset.

What's a strong female character? Think Ellen Page in Juno, Salma Hayek in Frida, Reese Witherspoon in Election, or Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich. Smart and complicated. Try to avoid having a woman doing a man's job like a man would do his job. And contrary to public opinion, strong women characters are not required to kill someone!

Silent Film

From the dawn of cinema to the early 1920s, films did not have synchronized sound—they only had the live piano player. We're reliving that, but in 48 hours! A silent film made as part of the 48HFP may have music and sound effects; however, it may not have dialogue or nat sound (that is, sound recorded while shooting). So if a door shuts in your movie, you can use any sound effect you please as long as it's not the actual sound of that door shutting. And if a person talks, you can use any sound effect you please as long as it's not the sound of any person talking. Sound good?