Des Moines, Iowa July 19 - 21, 2019

It's Finally Here...

Filmmakers are taking over Des Moines 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 Des Moines 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: H.264, MPEG-4
  • Media: USB Thumb Drive (preferred), Data DVD
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4), Quicktime (.mov)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred), Standard (4:3), Anamorphic
  • Pixel Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (23.976), 24 FPS
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced
  • Audio Codec: AAC (.aac), WAV (.wav), MPEG4 (.mp4)
  • Maximum File Size: 3.0GB (preferred)

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird: $148 USD/team ends Mon, Jun 24
  • Regular: $168 USD/team ends Tue, Jul 9
  • Late: $188 USD/team ends Fri, Jul 19
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Required Elements

    Announced at Kickoff

Kickoff Event

Fri, Jul 19, 2019 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Des Moines Social Club - Kum & Go Theater
901 Cherry Street Des Moines 50309

Dropoff Event

Sun, Jul 21, 2019
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Des Moines Social Club - Kum & Go Theater
901 Cherry Street Des Moines 50309

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Group A: Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 9:30pm
Group B: Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 7:15pm
Group B: Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 9:45pm
Group C: Thu, Aug 1, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Group C: Thu, Aug 1, 2019 @ 9:30pm
Group D: Thu, Aug 1, 2019 @ 7:15pm
Group D: Thu, Aug 1, 2019 @ 9:45pm
Fleur Cinema
4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines 50321
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Best Of Screening

Thu, Aug 15, 2019
Fleur Cinema
4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines 50321

Screening Groups

Group A Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 9:30pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Ascending Phoenix Productions Christopher Vodochodsky
  • Bewildered Productions Jon Lemons
  • Illustrate Hannah Wright
  • Molten Lotion Bickley Riley
  • Ppppppppp Antonio Lopes
  • Swag Daddy Films Ryan Runyan
  • Team F.I.I.P. Carl Busch
  • The Trans-Iowa Canal Company Jeannette Roth
  • Tiny Explosions Patrick Boberg
  • Twin Sun Pictures Chase Stine

Group B Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 7:15pm
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 9:45pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • 1 Bad Idea Compounded Kevin Tobey
  • Bad Baby Productions Heather Ryan
  • Bad Brain Productions Geneva Klein
  • Conjunction Media David Dubczak
  • Continuity Mike Sulzberger
  • Feature Presentation Silas Pippitt
  • Gladhouse Studio Gary DeSomber
  • One Genome Short Productions Gabriel Rowold
  • Owl Mode Scott Ver Mulm
  • Redemption: Take 2 Aaron Bandy

Group C Thursday, August 1, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Thursday, August 1, 2019 @ 9:30pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • DEFT Bruce Bales
  • Hag House Studios Tom Haggas
  • Hoffman Jack Jochum
  • Milk Chocolate Productions Lucius Pham
  • Mom Said No Entertainment Jakob DeLong
  • Nine Muses Films Matthew Smith
  • PenSanity Films Johnny Reeves
  • Primitive Filmworks Jeff Gray
  • Prog Media Jeremiah Scavo

Group D Thursday, August 1, 2019 @ 7:15pm
Thursday, August 1, 2019 @ 9:45pm

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Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Film Dorks Danny Kelly
  • Know Your Roots Susan Hollingsworth
  • One Last Ride... Again. Thai Luong
  • One22 Studios Michael Huntington
  • Retro Neon Film Zach Everman
  • Sea Lion Productions Daniel Kauten
  • Sliding Rock Productions Corey Henderson
  • The Unfathomable Possibilities Assembly Jared Sackett
  • ZigZag Productions Sid Juwarker

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