Washington, District of Columbia May 5 - 7, 2023

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? May 5 - 7, 2023

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

Filmmakers from all over the Washington, DC area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours.

Write, shoot, and edit a short film over the weekend and see it PREMIERE on the BIG SCREEN!

All Welcome!  First-timer to Hobbyists to Amateurs to Professionals!

Take your filmmaking to the NEXT LEVEL!

Wherever you are currently in your filmmaking journey, the 48 Hour Film Project is a valuable next step!  

     •. Make your FIRST film... the first of many!

     •. Create a film (or another film!) for your reel

     •  Practice new techniques -- in a low-risk setting

     •. Find new filmmaking partners to work with, beginning on a (very!) short-term basis

     •  Create work to help show off your skills to find that next job!

The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2024 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2024 Short Film Corner!

Genres Elements FAQs

Registration Fees Registration Opens: Wednesday, March 1

  • Early Bird: $158 USD/team ends Tue, Apr 11
  • Regular: $178 USD/team ends Tue, Apr 25
  • Late: $198 USD/team ends Fri, May 5

Kickoff Event

Fri, May 5, 2023 @ 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Dropoff Event

Sun, May 7, 2023
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Virtual via Cinema48

The final film and paperwork are to be uploaded to https://Cinema48.com.

For instructions, including a video tutorial, go here:


Premiere Screenings

Group A: Thu, May 18, 2023
Group B: Thu, May 18, 2023
Group C: Fri, May 19, 2023
Group D: Fri, May 19, 2023
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Best Of Screening

Thu, Jun 1, 2023 @ 7:00pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264
  • Media: Online Submission
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4), MPEG 4 (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
  • Pixel Ratio: Square (1:1)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS, 24 FPS (23.976), 25 FPS, 30 FPS (29.97)
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • Audio Codec: AAC (.aac), WAV (.wav), MPEG4 (.mp4)
  • Maximum File Size: 2.0GB

Online Submission on Cinema48.com. Make sure your team leader is registered.

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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