Richmond, Virginia July 20 - 22, 2018

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Richmond 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 Richmond 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: AVCHD, H.264, MPEG-4
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data DVD
  • File Type: Quicktime (.mov) (preferred), AVI (.avi), MPEG 4 (.mp4)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Standard (4:3), Widescreen (16:9)
  • Pixel Ratio: Square (1:1) (preferred), Standard (4:3), Widescreen (16:9)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (23.976), 30 FPS (29.97), 24 FPS, 30 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC (.aac), MPEG4 (.mp4)
  • Audio Bit Rate: 128 kbps, 192 kbps, 256 kbps
  • Audio Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
  • Maximum File Size: 4.0GB (preferred)

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Jun 25
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 10
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 20
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Required Elements

    Announced at Kickoff

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 20, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
River City Roll
939 Myers Street, Richmond VA 23230

Each participating team must have a representative at the official Kickoff Event of the 48 Hour Film Project.

At the event, each group must submit a complete Team Leader's Agreement, signed by its team leader. A team may not participate without submitting this agreement.

Each group will choose the genre of its film in a random drawing. Each group will also be assigned required elements that must appear in its film (character, prop, line of dialogue). 

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Kickoff! 

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Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 22, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
by 7:30pm to be on-time
River City Roll
939 Myers Street, Richmond VA 23230

The participating group/team must complete its film/video work in time to deliver it by 7:30pm.

Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition. All films received on Sunday (on-time and late) will be screened.

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Premiere Screenings

Tickets: $10.00 USD
Group A: Sat, Jul 28, 2018 @ 11:00am
Group B: Sat, Jul 28, 2018 @ 1:30pm
Group C: Sat, Jul 28, 2018 @ 4:00pm
Group D: Sat, Jul 28, 2018 @ 6:30pm
Grace Street Theater
934 West Grace Street

Filmmakers from the Richmond area will race to make a film in just 48 hours, and you can see them in their dazzling World Premier Screenings! The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) is the world's largest timed film competition, and it has returned to Richmond as a part of the 2018 international tour. We anticipate three separate screenings with different films in each screening group. One film will be chosen by a panel of film professionals as the "Best 48HFP Film of Richmond" and that film will move on to screen at Filmapalooza, and even get a shot at a screening in next year's Cannes Film Festival! Each screening will include a Q&A with the filmmakers immediately following the films and a chance for YOU to select an Audience Choice Award for that screening. Tickets will be available for purchase online or at the door, cash only. Films are not rated and some may contain mature content or language.

Best Of Screening

Tickets: $10.00 USD PURCHASE
Sun, Aug 5, 2018 @ 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Grace Street Theater
934 West Grace Street

Filmmakers from the Richmond area will race to make a film in just 48 hours, and you can see the best of them in the Best of Richmond Screenings!

The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) is the world's largest timed film competition, and it has returned to Richmond as a part of the 2018 international tour. One film will be chosen by a panel of film professionals as the "Best 48HFP Film of Richmond" and that film will move on to screen at Filmapalooza, and even get a shot at a screening in next year's Cannes Film Festival! A runner-up and awards in 14 other categories will also be awarded immediately after the screenings.

Tickets will be available for purchase online or at the door, cash only.

Films are not rated and some may contain mature content or language.

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Screening Groups

Group A Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 11:00am

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • DIP Gobal Media Films Darryl Jones
  • Face For Radio Cameron Robinson
  • Fidget Filmers Dan Lee
  • Justice Productions McKenna Stamm
  • Mini Milers Noah Fatsi
  • SaltFire Studio Tyler Darden
  • Studio Schmiel Eric Schmiel
  • SunFlash Studio John Moon
  • Team TBD Cameron Hall
  • The Sunshine kids Katey Gulla

Group B Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 1:30pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Atlantic East Motion Picture Co. Tracey Frame
  • Bousquet Pictures Devin Bousquet
  • Dadgum Productions Noah Slate
  • Five Family Productions Amy Kneipp
  • Good night Gracie Jerry Morgan
  • Levi James Films Matthew Long
  • Mirari Jacob Johnston
  • PUSH Productions Ashanti Neverson
  • Shields Shoes Productions Raasa Leela Demontebello
  • The 70 bros Ryan Prince
  • The Voleenteers Max Curry
  • Time4Play Aaron Jackson

Group C Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 4:00pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • 3 Sweet Souls Michelle Gilliam
  • Amateur Hour Sylvanna Bocook
  • Badass Women Rachel Weatherly
  • Generational Words LLC; Eyes of Your Heart Entertainment Kia Reed
  • Lizards of Oz Jon Shelley
  • Paper Tree Productions Nizar Ajhar
  • Perceive the Creature Productions Sam Casscells
  • Rebel Geek Brandy Klein
  • Remember Tommy Productions Dewey Collins
  • Strangers with Cameras Samuel Van Fossen
  • This is a Film About Something Productions Sam Housman
  • West Endians, Inc. Peter Davis

Group D Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 6:30pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Bee's Knees Emiley Farnsworth
  • Clear Blue Media Michael McDaniel
  • Freedom of Frame Ashley Moore
  • Geographics David Kelly
  • Golden Thrones Eugene Paolo Macalma
  • LightCloud Pictures Haden VonCanon
  • Matchstick Films Abby Clark
  • Nickelstone Todd Stone
  • Second Chance Cinema david stotts
  • When does football start? Jim Jackman
  • White Tiger Filmz Matt Adams

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