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Creativity and inspiration, energy, and mobility are only part of what you need to complete a short film in just two days. It's full-on! Be original, make your movie, and you could win big! Could you change your life in 48 hours? Be sure you've got the real 48FILM project, the innovative online short film competition.


The grand prize giveaway is $10,000 in cash and prizes, plus a chance to get in front of Hollywood agents. Please submit your entry for your chance to be one of our next winners that will screen their movies at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, in front of Hollywood, reputable industry professionals. All winners will be on a yearly collectible DVD.

Our Short Film Year

You can register your team and shoot a 48FILM Festival movie all year round, as many times as you like.

48 FILM Festival Entry Titles & File Formats

Before your film begins you should have:

  • 2 seconds of black
  • A title card with: your team name, date, city, title, and genre
  • A title card with: "This film is made for 2020."
  • 2 seconds of black

After the two seconds of black, your film should begin. Maximum file upload size allowed is 600 MB.

The film must be in one of the following formats:

  1. avi
  2. mpg
  3. mov
  4. asf
  5. mpeg
  6. xvid
  7. mkv
  8. mp4
  9. webm
  10. ogv

Our Global Short movies Contest spans Cultures & Continents

48FILM Project international short film fest is for every budding filmmaker who has access to the Internet. Participate anytime, anywhere, and get Planet Earth's attention.

We're multi-cultural. We welcome filmmakers from all backgrounds to contribute to the rich diversity of entries we receive each year.

Are you a seasoned vet of the business or an aspiring hopeful? No problem. We encourage anyone to have a go at our fair competition. All are welcome. Whatever your skill and experience, we want to see your talent and admire your creativity.

And we guarantee you will take something away with you - a short movie to be proud of - in just 48 hours!

Project Times & Dates

With the innovative and original international 48FILM Festival shorts competition, you choose your time and date. This revolutionary approach gives you the advantage. No more set weekends or group of weekends during the year, you decide when you want to compete and get your cast and crew together. You control your schedule.

Do you want to do it weekends or weekdays, day, night, or early hours? You got it! We give you your film freedom because the choice belongs to you. And remember, we welcome repeat performances. Take as many shots as you like throughout the competition year. You will learn and grow each time you enter our 48-hour film contest.

Power to the Participants

Teamwork is more than a one-person show, so call up your contacts, enlist them and let the synergy begin. Take our tip - the more, the merrier.

Coffee and collaboration, anyone? Begin by brainstorming and welcome all ideas, because each team member has something to bring to your project.

Sign up now, and then choose your genre - you'll find a list on the Genres page.

Finally, read The Rules to see what preparation is permitted before you push that competition button. Ready to roll? Log in at any time and get creating.

Equipment & Tech

Filmmaking gear is expensive, right? It needn't be. You can shoot your 48FILM entry on a professional kit, your DSLR, or camcorder. Any Video Production Equipment that is available to you. We don't mind. If it shoots moving pictures, you can use it, so long as you submit your entry in one of the named file formats: avi, mpg, mov, asf, mpeg, xvid, mkv, mp4, wmv, webm, ogv.

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