The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend

The 48 Hour Film Project takes place in Chicago this weekend and you can still be a part of it!

Filmmakers are taking over Chicago and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours! Teams of filmmakers have a single weekend – this one – to write, shoot and edit their short films! All completed entries will be unveiled at our virtual premiere screenings.

All Chicago teams will be participating as the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project!

That means:
1. Chicago teams have their own screening/judging group!
2. There will be a Best Film of the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project going to Filmapalooza, our annual international film festival and global awards ceremony!

If you want to join the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project happening this weekend, sign up today!

Here are some important notes for 48HFP filmmakers kicking off on Friday:

  • Elements: The required elements for Chicago will be listed on this page after kickoff.
  • Media: You must submit your film according to the formats listed lower on this page.
  • Documents: You must submit releases for all team members, all music, all locations, and any other copyrighted material, as well as a team leader’s agreement, a roster, and a certification statement. These forms can be downloaded from our Production Documents page:
  • Team Leader Agreement: This document must be filled out by the Team Leader and uploaded to prior to the Kickoff.  Find instructions here: 
  • Rules: You should make sure that your film complies with our Filmmaking Rules and Competition Rules. If you have questions about the rules, the best place to go is our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 48HFP Hotline: If you have a question during the filmmaking weekend, call the 48HFP Hotline. The number is on the Kickoff Info Sheet that is provided to all Team Leaders by the City Producer prior to Kickoff. If you email us, you will probably not receive an answer in time, so please call.
  • Dropoff: Your film and paperwork must be uploaded to Find instructions here:
  • 48HFP Safe Set Guidelines

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These 15 Chicago teams are already signed up!

7-13 Productions, Katlin Schneider
END Studios, Sean Zielinski
Eschflix, Reba Eschmann
Forever Safe Productions, John Wood
Fozzboute, William Ptacek
Fumo77, Anthony Fumarolo
Galaxy Maps, Megan Sampson
Gem City Productions, John Binzer
Kick A Rock, Sergio Torres
Koaster King Crew, James Leonardi
MothLight Films, Dena Altamore
Saint Nick’s, Al Adducci
Silent Cowboy Productions, Casey Lyons
Strangers who met at a Film Festival, Phranque Wright
Team Vault, Ruben Ramirez

Be safe! Make great films! Good luck!

Go here to register (catch the Regular Registration Deadline!):

Questions?  Email Christina Ruppert at

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