Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania October 2 - 4, 2020

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? October 2 - 4, 2020

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

Filmmakers from all over the Pittsburgh, PA area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2021 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2021 Short Film Corner.

New The Year!
All events will be virtual!  Check our our new film and paperwork upload site here: https://Cinema48.com

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Registration Fees

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

  • Early Bird: $128 USD/team ends Fri, Sep 11
    (reduced from $148, a savings of $20)
  • Regular: $138 USD/team ends Mon, Sep 28
    (reduced from $168, a savings of $30)
  • Late: $148 USD/team ends Fri, Oct 2
    (reduced from $188, a savings of $40)
Register Your Team Now!Find Team / Team Members

Kickoff Event

Fri, Oct 2, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Team leaders log onto zoom session sent via email. Participants follow along here: 



RSVP via facebook

Dropoff Event

Sun, Oct 4, 2020
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Online: Upload to https://Cinema48.com

Check out our new film and paperwork upload site!

For instructions on the upload process, go here:

Premiere Screenings

Group A: Sat, Oct 17, 2020 @ 6:00pm
Group B: Sat, Oct 17, 2020 @ 8:30pm

Awards Ceremony

Sun, Oct 18, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Required Media

  • Video Codec: H.264 (preferred), MPEG-4
  • Media: Online Submission (preferred)
  • File Type: MPEG 4 (.mp4) (preferred), AVI (.avi), MPEG 4 (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov), MPEG2 (.m2v)
  • Resolution: HD 1080 (1920x1080) (preferred), HD 720 (1280x720), SD
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred), Standard (4:3), Anamorphic
  • Pixel Ratio: Widescreen (16:9) (preferred), Square (1:1), Standard (4:3)
  • Frame Rate: 24 FPS (23.976) (preferred), 25 FPS, 30 FPS (29.97), 24 FPS, 30 FPS
  • Interlacing: Progressive / NON-Interlaced (preferred), Interlaced
  • Audio Codec: AAC (.aac) (preferred), WAV (.wav), MPEG4 (.mp4), MPEG3 (.mp3)
  • Audio Bit Rate: 256 kbps (preferred), 128 kbps, 192 kbps
  • Audio Sample Rate: 48 kHz (preferred), 44.1 kHz
  • Maximum File Size: 3.0GB (preferred)

Best practices: 

No final video file can be 3 gigs (or bigger) or the system rejects it!

HD (1920x1080) or UHD (3840x2160) are both great!

Export settings: h264 / VBR two pass / 45 Mbps / Render at Maximum bit depth (optional) / Use Maximum render Quality (optional)

Audio mixing: Master Audio peaks to -6db. Meaning the loudest audio tops out at -6 db. 

Audio Codec - AAC / 48000 Hz / Stereo / Audio Quality High / Bitrate 320 kbps / If given the option choose 24 bit over 16 bit audio. 

All videos will be loaded onto a timeline and exported together as a program for screenings. 

Screening Groups

Group A Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 6:00pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Adams Apple Creative Alan Adams
  • Beginnings Jackie Druga
  • Bit Sized Productions Benjamin Wilson
  • Dump Star Media Meagan Koleck
  • EXP Entertainment Christian Abbott
  • Falling October Productions Alexander Cronin
  • Mammoth Jeffrey Smee
  • Shadowframe Productions Jason Boyer
  • SparqFilms Dan Montgomery
  • The Main Characters Morgan Weir

Group B Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 8:30pm

Listed alphabetically, not by screening order

  • Bow Ties and Bacon Nick LaMantia
  • BREMMO Productions Michelle Dunseath
  • Carnegie Screenwriters Bob Scott
  • Everything But the Name Edwin Huang
  • Fernando De La Cruz Films Fernando De La Cruz
  • G.L.A.M.M Max Mitchell
  • ML Foundation Jimeet Patel
  • New Dogs, Old Tricks Matt Ciofani
  • RedSlate Films Jesse Hutchins
  • Stoops Ferry Productions Veronica White
  • Underdog Jennifer Louise Deigan

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