Detroit, Michigan August 14 - 16, 2020

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Detroit 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 at our premiere screenings.

Here are some important notes for 48HFP filmmakers:

  • Elements: The required elements for Detroit 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 our Production Documents page:
  • Team Leader Agreement: This document must be filled out by the Team Leader and uploaded to prior to the Kickoff.  Find instructions here: 
  • 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 is provided to all Team Leaders by the City Producer prior to Kickoff. If you email us, you will probably not receive an answer in time, so please call.
  • Dropoff: Your film and paperwork must be uploaded to Find instructions here:
  • 48HFP Safe Set Guidelines:

Be safe! Make great films! Good luck!

Elements Genres FAQs

Registration Fees

In response to the coronavirus we've reduced our 2020 prices.

  • Early Bird: $128 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 24
    (reduced from $148, a savings of $20)
  • Regular: $138 USD/team ends Mon, Aug 10
    (reduced from $168, a savings of $30)
  • Late: $148 USD/team ends Fri, Aug 14
    (reduced from $188, a savings of $40)
Register Your Team Now!Find Team / Team Members

Required Elements

    Announced at Kickoff

Kickoff Event

Fri, Aug 14, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

This year's kick off will be via Zoom. A code will be sent to you via email. 

Dropoff Event

Sun, Aug 16, 2020
by 7:30pm to be on-time

Premiere Screenings

Sat, Aug 29, 2020


Awards Ceremony

Sat, Aug 29, 2020


Participating Teams

Here are some of the teams that will be making a short film.

  • Ace High Productions Sarah Root
  • Bay City Shockabuku Tammie Stimpfel
  • Brightness Of Heron Bodrul Ahmed
  • Broken Multiverse Michael Rizzo
  • Cinema Goodness Madison Wheeler
  • EIEIOlsen Studios Erik Olsen
  • Holiday Park Productions Joe Harris
  • PREproductions Premier Wiggins
  • Pardi Productions Johannes Pardi
  • Perrydise Films Matthew McCracken
  • Play Nice Sherry McLaughlin
  • Power Play Studios Marcus Johnson
  • Putlock Visuals Christopher Putlock
  • Rollin' Detroit Films Jim Selleck
  • SJ Studios Sarah Joyner
  • Skwaaa Jason Gaines
  • Stargazer Digital Media Marguerite Wasinski
  • Team Omni646 Seann Lewis
  • The Farm Yard Dan Haushalter
  • VISE Squad Vincent Sabatini

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