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

Filmmaking Weekend Complete

Congratulations to all of the teams that submitted films for the 48 Hour Global Film Challenge.  Participants on the 383 teams represent more than 75 cities in 24 different countries around the world.

The creative work is impressive and our judges are eager to get to work...

Step 1: Local Judging

Local judges in each city have two weeks to determine their city winners. 

The Wild Card teams are divided into two groups and one winner will be chosen from each (by a different set of judges).

Step 2: Online Voting

Online voting will begin approximately June 20 and is open to everyone around the world.

Round 1: Country winners will be determined by pitting city winners (from the same country) against each other.

Round 2: The global winner will be determined by pitting country winners against each other.

GFC Gives Back

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

Filmmaking Weekend Update

Due to coronavirus and ongoing curfews, teams were given the choice of weekends to compete - June 5-7 or June 12-14.  City Winners will be announced by June 20 and online voting will start at that time.

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!

E 48HFP Ta Topa E Kopa Mundial

Bo ta un trahado di pelikula kreativo. Bo no por warda pa e lockdown pasa. Bo ke mustra mundu kiko bo por...

E 48 Hour Global Film Challenge ta duna bo e chens aki!

Nos ta hasiendo un mashup (meks) di e 48 Hour Film Film Project ku e Kopa Mundial! Lo tin un votamentu online ku ta determina e miho pelikula di kada pais. Despues di esaki ta kuminsa e Group Stages, kaminda tur pelikula ganado di kada pais lo keda asigna pa kompeti ku ganadonan di otro pais. Huradonan lokal lo determina e ganado di kada stat, pero e audensia online lo tuma over despues di esaki. 

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.

Participating Cities

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

We are still putting together the list of participating cities.

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

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

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