Reno, Nevada September 22 - 24, 2023

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? September 22 - 24, 2023

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

Filmmakers from all over the Reno, NV area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours.

Write, shoot, and edit a short film over the weekend and see it PREMIERE on the BIG SCREEN!

All Welcome!  First-timer to Hobbyists to Amateurs to Professionals!

Take your filmmaking to the NEXT LEVEL!

Wherever you are currently in your filmmaking journey, the 48 Hour Film Project is a valuable next step!  

     •. Make your FIRST film... the first of many!

     •. Create a film (or another film!) for your reel

     •  Practice new techniques -- in a low-risk setting

     •. Find new filmmaking partners to work with, beginning on a (very!) short-term basis

     •  Create work to help show off your skills to find that next job!

The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2024 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2024 Short Film Corner!

Genres Elements FAQs

Registration Fees Registration Opens: Tuesday, July 18

  • Early Bird: $158 USD/team ends Mon, Aug 28
  • Regular: $178 USD/team ends Tue, Sep 12
  • Late: $198 USD/team ends Fri, Sep 22

"KILLER" Injury Workshop

Tickets: $80.00 USD
Fri, Jul 28, 2023 @ 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Image Perspective
3170 Research Way #80 Carson City 89706
Filmmakers and Halloween Fans do you want to learn how to make your injuries look more realistic on film, here is your chance to learn from the professionals. This hands-on workshop is designed to help you take your blood, guts and gore to the next level! The best part is anything you make during this class can be used in your 48 hour Film Project. We know that this can be a little expensive but the cost is covering your materials. We hope that by giving you advanced notice, you can plan to join us to make some "KILLER" injuries! Registration for this event is now open, please call Lynzie Rucker @ 775-230-1520 to reserve your spot today!

The Art of Audio (Back to the Basics)

Wed, Aug 9, 2023 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Abbey West Recording
1585 Vassar St, Reno 89502

Hosted by Reno's very own Abbey West Recording, we will be offering a free audio class that will help you get the cleanest audio possible while on set. Audio is a very big part of film and we will cover the basics, in this class. If you want a more advanced class please reach out to Ivey Smith who will set up a time when you can get the training that you are looking for. Space is limited so please RSVP through text or email. 

The Art of Audio (Advanced)

Thu, Aug 10, 2023 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Abbey West Recording
1585 Vassar St, Reno 89502
Hosted by Reno's very own Abbey West Recording, we will be offering a free audio class that will help you get the cleanest audio possible while on set. Audio is a very big part of film being an advanced class we will cover some of the more technical aspects of audio in both production and post in this class. Space is limited so please RSVP through text or email to our City Producer Ivey Smith. 

Lights, Camera, ACTORS!!!

Fri, Sep 8, 2023 @ 5:30pm
Downtown Reno Library (Auditorium)
301 S Center St, Reno 89501

Are you an actor looking to practice your craft or expand your reel, we invite you to auditions for the 48 Hour Film Project! Film makers will need your help to make a work of art!!!! Get to know Reno's film makers who knows they may have a project for you in the future! 

Or are you a filmmaker with a team, but no one on your team can put on a convincing show? We invite you to our Actor's auditions for Reno's 48 Hour film Project!!! Find your actors before kickoff, get to know them as people before you spend a full weekend with them! 

Team Leader Paperwork Workshop

Thu, Sep 14, 2023 @ 6:00pm
South Valleys Library
15650-A Wedge Parkway, Reno 89511

Don't want to deal with the majority of the Paperwork during the competition? We invite team leaders/ and team members to join us. Malevolent Mouse Productions will help you get everything ready for next weekend, so you can focus on the fun stuff during our filming weekend. We highly recommend this workshop for any teams/ team leaders who are new to the 48 or who do not have experience with film paperwork. The paperwork can be a little overwhelming. 

Kickoff Event

Fri, Sep 22, 2023 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Virgil
301 Vassar St, Reno 89502

It's time to Kick off the Reno 48 Hour Film Project Weekend!!!! Bring your Laptops, phones, chargers, and teams. We have setup kickoff in a way that will allow you to maximize your time. With access to internet, power, and space to spread out, your team will be able to plan and brainstorm until you have your story ready. You will also have an opportunity to meet and mingle with the other teams, The Master of Ceremonies (Shaun Cameron), and Reno's City Producer (Ivey Smith).  Dinner will be provided by Malevolent Mouse Productions. Our event photographer will also be on-site to take team pictures and document the excitement of the Kick off for the 2023 Reno 48 Hour Film Project! We hope to see you there!!!

The 2023 Poster Challenge

Fri, Sep 22, 2023 @ 7:00pm - 5:00pm

So you created a film during the Reno 48 Hour Film Project. Now lets up the game and create a poster to go along with it!!! This Poster will be added as a still before your film screens. It will also be used for Social Media as well as Promotional material. So upload your poster for your film before October 5th  for a chance at a cool prize for best poster which will be announced at Awards. 

Dropoff Event

Sun, Sep 24, 2023
by 7:30pm to be on-time
Virtual via Cinema 48

Premiere Screenings

Sun, Oct 8, 2023 @ 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Galaxy Victorian
1250 Victorian Ave
4:00 pm -setup & Decor
6:00 pm- cocktail hour and networking
7:00-8:00 pm- Group A screening 
8:30-9:30 pm- Group B screening 

Awards Ceremony

Sun, Oct 15, 2023 @ 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Galaxy Victorian
1250 Victorian Ave
4:00pm- setup & decor
6:00pm - 6:30pm cocktails and networking 
7:00 pm-10:00pm Awards  

Required Media

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

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