48 Hour Global Film Challenge


This special competition challenges filmmakers to create a short film from scratch the weekend of June 5 - 7, 2020 - and then battle other films around the world. The top film will screen at both Filmapalooza 2021 and the Cannes 2021 Short Film Corner.

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48 Hour Global Film Challenge June 5 - 7, 2020

The 48HFP Meets World Cup!

You're a creative filmmaker.  You can't wait for the lockdown to be finished.  You want to show the world what you can do...

The 48 Hour Global Film Challenge gives you that chance!

We're doing a mashup of the 48 Hour Film Project and the World Cup!  There will be online voting that determines the best film in each country, then we'll begin the Group Stages where country winning films will be randomly assigned to compete against other country winners.  Local judges determine who the city winners are, but the online audience takes control from there.

How does it work?

It is an online Project with electronic Kickoff and Drop Off.  Participants are required to adhere whatever local government requirements and protocols are in place at the time of the Project (June 5 - 7, 2020).  We've seen what filmmakers are capable of in our Stuck At Home 48 challenges, and we know you will overcome any limitations presented by the current conditions.           

Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic may have changed our plans, but it won't stop the creativity of you, our filmmakers.  As with our other official Projects, the winner of the 48 Hour Global Film Challenge will screen at Filmapalooza 2021 and receive a trophy.  In addition, the winner of this Global Film Challenge will be part of the 48HFP Screening at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner 2021.

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GFC Registration

The cost of entry is $48 USD per team.

A portion of proceeds will go to benefit Doctors Without Borders and their efforts against the coronavirus.

Note: There is a limit of 12 teams per location.

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Wild Card Group

Don't live near a participating city? Is your GFC city at team capacity? Check to see if there are still spots left in the Wild Card Group.

Participating Cities

Please choose your 48 city. This would be where you typically participate or whichever is closest to you.

United States



North America


South America


What is the Wild Card Group? more info

Who is eligible?
Anyone in or near a participating city

The GFC is open to everyone but you must live in or near a participating city. Registration will be limited to 12 teams per city.

Participating Cities
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When is the competition?

The actual filmmaking weekend will take place June 5 - 7, 2020.

The top film from each city will go on to further rounds of audience voting.

The voting dates are still being determined.

How does it work?
It's Electronic

Each team will receive it's assignment via email at 7:00pm local time on Friday, June 5. Teams will have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film. Instructions will be provided to upload your film by Sunday evening to be eligible to compete.

How is it different?

  • Online 48 Hour Film Project
  • Limited to 12 teams per city
  • Reduced entry fee ($48 USD)
  • Online Voting Playoff Format

What are the prizes?

  • City Winners advance to the Playoffs
  • Top Film receives $500 USD
  • Top Film receives a Trophy
  • Top Film screens at Filmapalooza
  • Top Film screens at Cannes Short Film Corner

How do I register?

First check the list to see if your city is participating. If so, sign up and pay the $48 USD entry fee.

Participating Cities
Ready to register?

What is the Wild Card Group?

It's an opportunity for additional filmmakers to participate. It is open to those:

  • who do not live near a participating GFC city
  • whose GFC city has reached team capacity

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