Washington, District of Columbia August 6 - 8, 2021

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 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 our Production Documents page:
  • Team Leader Agreement: This document must be filled out by the Team Leader and uploaded to https://Cinema48.com prior to the Kickoff.  Find instructions here: https://www.48hourfilm.com/digital_dropoff 
  • 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 https://Cinema48.com. Find instructions here: https://www.48hourfilm.com/digital_dropoff
  • 48HFP Safe Set Guidelines: https://48hourfilm.com/news-articles/194/48HFP-Safe-Set-Guidelines

Be safe! Make great films! Good luck!

Elements Genres FAQs

Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264
  • Media: Online Submission (preferred)
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4) (preferred), MPEG 4 (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred)
  • Pixel Ratio: Square (1:1) (preferred)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (preferred), 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 (preferred)

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

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Jul 12
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 27
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Aug 6
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Required Elements

    Announced at Kickoff

Kickoff Event

Fri, Aug 6, 2021 @ 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington 20003

Outside in the garden

Dropoff Event

Sun, Aug 8, 2021
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Online: Upload to https://Cinema48.com

Complete the Wrap Up form, upload your film and upload paperwork electronically.

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Group B: Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Group C: Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Group D: Fri, Aug 20, 2021
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Participating Teams

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

  • Actors with Strings Mark McKinney
  • Aircrew Studios Clint Watnee
  • Amenders Toby Mananzan
  • August 7 Productions Sharon Caraballo
  • Backyard Insanity Productions Tristin Briggs
  • Best Side Story Arturo Ferreira
  • Bootcamp Survivors Becky Lake
  • Conservatory Productions Amanda Haddock
  • Cup O'Meat Productions Eric Kritzler
  • DC Stunt Coalition Dylan Hintz
  • Discordian Films Mikki Barry
  • Dupont Circle Pictures Thomas Jennings
  • Gloria Needs Fudge Neil Conway
  • Hue Vision Melissa Houghton
  • Jagged Edge Productions Tim Tilert
  • Mental Props Lauren Unger
  • Mini Milers Noah Fatsi
  • NOVA Cyborgs Edward Hellmann
  • Naked Puppets Richard Atha-Nicholls
  • PMG Crew Charlie Puritano
  • Pre Pre Productions Amanda Haddock
  • Pure Encouragement Michael Anthony
  • Quantum Firefly David Bartell
  • R Street Films Peter Calafiura
  • Riegelfilms / Roaring Twenties Quentin Riegel
  • Running Caterpillar Beth Krause
  • SFA Entertainment Sam Aung
  • SHRUG Productions Erica Rowe
  • Stop! Everything Zeb Blair
  • Tanya and the Stranger Andrew Valent
  • Team Canada John Zalubski
  • Team WIFV Melissa Houghton
  • Telex Emre Yagci
  • Thank You, Come Again Productions Erick Buendia
  • Tohubohu Productions William Coughlan
  • Too Much Damn ("TMD") Theater Dara Gold
  • Tryka Affiliates Noah Clarke
  • Very Fast Pig Lora Engdahl
  • Vetrepreneur Visons Vetrepreneur Visons
  • laughing with the storm_ Ted Hogeman
  • theMAXeffect Max Antunes

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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