Washington, District of Columbia October 20 - 22, 2017

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Washington 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 Washington 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: Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple ProRES , DVCProHD, H.264
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data DVD
  • File Type: Quicktime (.mov) (preferred), MPEG 4 (.m4v), MPEG 4 (.mp4)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (preferred), 24 FPS (23.976)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced (preferred)
  • Audio Sample Rate: 48 kHz (preferred)

The final output for the theater will be HD 1080 x 1920 .mov 24p. If you want to shoot anamorphic, please place your own black borders to make it 16:9. USB Flashdrive preferred with files under 5GB. Any media not in this format will be converted for the screenings.

Please pay attention to your audio levels.  Make sure they are mixed and normalized. 

We can accept DATA DVD's with a mov file as a backup. No playable DVDs.

Required Elements

  • Character: Pat or Patricia Nelson, paid driver
  • Prop: spoon
  • Line: "That's why I came."

Dropoff Event

Sun, Oct 22, 2017 @ 6:00pm - 8:30pm
by 7:30pm to be on-time
American Backstage Company
5380 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22304

DC 48 Hour Special Encore Screening

Mon, Oct 30, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th St. NW, Washington 20004

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 @ 9:15pm
Group B: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Group C: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 @ 9:15pm
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th St. NW, Washington 20004

Screening Groups

Group A Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 9:15pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Bitcoin Accepted Nicholas Lyell
  • DC Dogs Jonathan Zuck
  • Discordian Films Joe Dzikiewicz
  • Electric Manatee Pictures David Bartell
  • Ordinary Man Productions Andrew Epsilantis
  • Rebel Alliance Film Coalition Richard Brown
  • Rosemary’s Ladies Michelle Hernandez
  • The Edge of Edgy Johnathan Newport
  • Ugly Susans Sima Jafari

Group B Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • CHELSEA's CLUMP Chelsea Thaler
  • Cinema Murcielago Richard Benjumea
  • Crash of Rhinos Nan Ficca
  • Lofton Films John Lofton IV
  • Plan R Films Ian D'Amelia
  • Poor Bastard Productions Coleman Lowndes
  • PrePreProductions Nan Ficca
  • Shannondoah Films Shannon Washington
  • Tohubohu Productions William Coughlan
  • We Have This! Sarah Olscamp

Group C Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 9:15pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Crowded Elevator Pictures Tony Lazzeroni
  • DC Stunt Coalition Dylan Hintz
  • Krewski James Pope
  • Liberated Muse Arts Group Khadijah Ali-Coleman
  • Mirandum Pictures Michael Powell
  • Resourceful Films Samantha Williams
  • Shooter 6ix Dallas Hanson
  • Shrug Productions Erica Rowe
  • Snarly Beast Jose B Torres Medina
  • Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater Dara Gold

DC is the birthplace of the 48HFP!

In May of 2001, Mark Ruppert (Creator/ Executive Producer), Liz Langston (Co-Founder/ Executive Producer) and Christina Ruppert (Director of Operations) were all part of the team The Big Ouch. It was one of 10 teams in the inaugural 48 Hour Film Project and the required prop was a severed body part.

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