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48FILM Festival Competition Year 2020-2021

Our original international short film competition opens now, and because of the pandemic, this year will run through February 2020. So the last moment to shoot your film is January 31, 2021. Filmmakers can submit as many entries as they want during the competition year. We don't limit contestants to one participation.*

Also, starting this year, 48FILM Project belongs to filmmakers. Contribute to your favorite Festival $249 and become a VIP member for a lifetime, shooting and register your movies FOR FREE Unlimited times per year!

How to Enter

Filmmakers should register their teams with Team leaders have time to prepare before pressing the "start my competition" button.
Between registration and starting the competition, teams have time to prepare. Here's the pre-production work teams can do:

  • Organise the team
  • Cast the actors
  • Procure equipment
  • Secure use of locations

We strongly advise contestants to check The Rules for the tasks not permitted before starting their competition.

The 48 hours competition period includes:
  • Script writing
  • Directing
  • Costume design and creation
  • Props and set design and building
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Sound recording
  • Processing
  • Production


Ready to shoot?

To start your Competition Clock

Log in to your profile page.

Click the button "Start my Competition".

Choose your genre.

The system assigns 3 elements: a character, a dialogue line and a prop, which must be included in the film.

The 48-hour countdown has started and this begins the team's competition slot.

About the 3 Elements

Our system generates three elements at random when the team starts their competition. These are a character, a line of dialogue, and a prop.

No two entries receive the same combination of elements. The assignment of components is unique to each film submitted to the 48FILM Festival.

To complete a 48FILM Festival Competition Entry

At the end of the 48-hour production slot, contestants should upload their completed film, with titles, in one of the specified file formats. The organizers allow two additional hours to upload an entry.

These instructions and prompts are given on the team's profile page to guide contestants through the entry process.

Register here for the 48FILM Festival Online Competition


The last chance to compete in our original international short film competition is January 31, 2021.

Voting Process and Judging Panel

Viewing and voting on the submissions will be open to the public for 10 consecutive days after the finalists will be announced. Only Pro Members can vote for the People's Choice Award. The organizers invite award-winning movie industry professionals to form our judging panel and select our 48FILM Project Top 15 final prizewinners. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony the following year.

Awards & Screening Ceremony

The culmination of the 48FILM Festival competition year is our Awards And Screening Ceremony in Hollywood. All winning entries are screened before an audience of movie professionals and movie fans.

All entries stream live on

Got Questions?

For more information visit the FAQ or visit and raise a ticket to ask your question.

**Each entry requires payment of a new registration fee unless you are a VIP member who can enter the competition for FREE UNLIMITED!.

Learn more about VIP UNLIMITED Membership here:

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