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Twelve of the top films will screen at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival within the Short Film Corner in May 2018



PARIS, March 1, 2018:  The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) - an adrenaline-fueled competition in which participants from across the globe write, shoot and edit a short film in just two days - is hosting its 15th annual FILMAPALOOZA film festival in Paris from March 6th-9th, 2018, the first time it has been held outside the United States.  Over the years the competition has provided a platform for filmmakers and acting talent to showcase their skills, many of whom have gone to excel in their film careers.  The 48HFP most famous participants include actors: Emmy and BAFTA-winning Martin Freeman (UK), Academy, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning JK Simmons (US), Dennis Farina (US), Doug Jones (US), Damon Runyan (CAN), Sarah Suco (FR), Ludovik (FR), Julien Pestel (FR), Marie-Lou Berry (FR), Frederique Bel (FR), Frederic Chau (FR).

This year’s winning filmmakers from six continents will attend the festival which screens the winning short films (4-7 minutes), selected from among 4,500 films made in 120 cities for the 48 Hour Film Project, the world’s oldest and largest time-based filmmaking competition.  A panel of judges in each city selects the winning films, and the competition culminates at Filmapalooza, where these international winners are announced and trophies and prizes are awarded, with 12 of the top films going on to screen at the Cannes Film Festival at the Short Film Corner.  The competition has helped provide an international platform to some of the world’s most talented up-and-coming filmmakers.  Today’s 48HFP winners are tomorrow’s successful feature and commercial filmmakers (see notes for editors).  

New to 2018 is the 48 Hour Film Project “Award for Creative Inspiration” – a prize which is given to a writer/director.  The inaugural recipient is Jean-Pierre Jeunet, whose talents as a filmmaker have inspired countless young filmmakers to pursue their passion – his films include Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, and Amélie.  

This year also marks a milestone for the competition with HP Inc, joining as a key supporter.  HP technology has powered some of the world’s most iconic movies including Disney’s Fantasia, Bandito Brothers’ Act of Valor, Blur Studio’s Deadpool and DreamWorks Animations’ Shrek series. In 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honoured the HP DreamColor Display and its developers with the Scientific and Engineering Award for the impact it’s made in film. The company is committed to empowering the next generation of filmmakers, providing them with both the technology that continues to push the boundaries of what is possible, as well as the platforms to facilitate and encourage their creativity. Together with the 48HFP, HP will host a VFX masterclass during the festival with HP's award-winning customers from NKI Studio - the French post-production company has won multiple Cannes Lions Awards among other prestigious prizes having created adverts and trailers for Ubisoft, Wilkinson, Volkswagen, Orange, Mercedes-Benz and Lacoste.  

In another first for the competition, Filmapalooza ventures outside of the US.  “Our filmmakers are excited to be coming to Paris,” said the creator of the 48 Hour Film Project, Mark Ruppert.  “And, the City of Paris is welcoming us with open arms.”  Through its partnership with the city, Filmapalooza will have the Forum des Images as its festival headquarters.  In addition, there will be an Opening Screening at the Louxor Cinema.  The Festival will culminate on March 9 with the Awards Ceremony at the Hotel de Ville de Paris. 

Filmmakers come to Filmapalooza from cities around the world including Ulaanbaatar, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Washington, DC, Johannesburg and Melbourne, to name but a few.  Once together the filmmakers easily find common ground in their love of filmmaking.  As one attendee said last year, “Filmapalooza is a gathering of some of the most creative people from around the world.   It made me realize how creative and enormous the world is and how exciting it is to be a part of it.” said Fabrizio Mazzeo, an actor on the winning film from Rome 2016.

Filmapalooza will feature four days of screenings, (more than 150 short films) filmmaking workshops, parties each evening, and an awards ceremony and gala party. 

For more details or to purchase tickets visit For regular updates of events and to see photos of events as they occur, check out #48Filma.

About the 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest timed 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.

Since its inception in 2001, the 48 Hour Film Project has been a rite of passage for many filmmakers.  Many of whom were looking to begin a career and many who were looking for a fun project.  To date, the 48 Hour Film Project has happened hundreds of times in more than 150 cities around the world.  Whether it’s the standard 48HFP or a special genre 48HPF or a branded event like the HP Cannes Masters of Short Film, filmmakers make the most of the opportunity to display their creativity and filmmaking skills. 

Many 48HFP filmmakers have gone on to make feature films, one of the first was Good Intentions starring LeAnn Rimes and Luke Perry ( It aired on TBS. 

Last year, The Night Watchmen (  garnered worldwide acclaim.  The comedy horror was selected in more than 40 film festivals, and won awards in 25 of them.  It is now in worldwide distribution.

About HP

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