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Comedy Tonight! The 48 Hour Film Project

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The 48 Hour Film Project, the world’s largest filmmaking competition turns 20 this year. To celebrate this Anniversary, they are partnering with the 4th Annual Columbia Film Festival to present a selection of comedies at this summer’s festival. All of the films are shorts created as part of the 48HFP. The program will focus on films from Baltimore and Washington, DC, but will include films from award winning filmmakers in Las Vegas, Melbourne and Paris.


The 48 Hour Film Project is a filmmaking adventure for people from all walks of life. Taking place in different cities on weekends throughout the year, the Project has inspired a collection of loyal followers and attracts newcomers who want to be part of the madness.


“The 48 Hour Film Project is responsible for launching film careers, inspiring lifelong friendships and collaborations, and, of course, the creation of more than 50,000 short films.” said Mark Ruppert, creator, of the 48 Hour Film Project. “Each year we are impressed by the creativity and inventiveness that filmmakers bring to the Project.”


Their valued partnership with the Columbia Film Festival, presents the opportunity to gain more exposure for filmmakers and to introduce new audiences to the 48 Hour Film Project.


About the 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest film competition in the world. The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. The tight 48-hour deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmaking, emphasizing creativity and teamwork and “doing” instead of “talking.” The emphasis is also on building communities of local creative people, facilitating making new connections, showcasing skills, and celebrating what creativity and teamwork can accomplish in just one weekend.

The rules are simple. On Friday evening, teams are assigned a genre, character, prop, and a line of dialogue. They must complete the entire filmmaking process – from writing to shooting to editing – in two days. Entries submitted even one minute late are disqualified from judging.


The contest is open to all. Whether an industry professional or just starting out, filmmakers are encouraged to put a team together and make a film. For a complete tour schedule and instructions on how to participate, please visit:


  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
    Mark Ruppert