Adelaide 48 Hour Film Project | 30 Apr – 2 May 2021

48 hour film project

48 Hour Film Project

The world’s largest timed filmmaking competition is returning to Adelaide. Over the weekend of 30 April  – 2 May, hundreds of Adelaide filmmakers will race to produce a film in just 48 hours. 

The 48 Hour Film Project started as a local film challenge among friends in the U.S. in 2001. Since then, it has evolved into a global phenomenon and the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, challenging more than 60,000 people across nearly 130 cities to complete a film in a mere 48 hours.

2015 marked the inaugural year for the Adelaide 48 Hour Film Project and since then over 150 short films have been created by local filmmakers, actors and creatives as part of the competition. Each year, approximately 400 local filmmakers take to the streets of Adelaide and beyond for one frenzied weekend of filmmaking.

48 hour film project

How it works:

On Friday 30 April, participating teams will gather at the competition kick-off where they will be given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue they must work into their film. The teams must then write, shoot, edit and score their films in just 48 hours.

The films must be 4-7 minutes in duration and must be submitted by 7.30pm on Sunday 2 May to be eligible for judging.

All submitted films will be screened to the public at the Mercury Cinema and judged by a panel of industry experts. Films nominated for prizes will be shown at the Best of 2021 Awards Night on Saturday 5 June at the Palace Nova East End Cinema.

Adelaide’s Best Film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2022 (location TBA) for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2022, Court Métrage.


Registrations will close Friday 30 April 2021.

  • Early Bird: $150 per team (ends Monday 5 April)
  • Regular: $170 per team (ends Tuesday 20 April)
  • Late: $190 per team (ends Friday 30 April)


To encourage diverse storytelling as part of the Adelaide 48 Hour Film competition this year, there is a 48HFP Indigenous & Multicultural Filmmaker’s Grant being offered. This grant is open to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse filmmakers residing in South Australia to enable them to participate in the competition. Four grant recipients will receive up to $500 in total to support production and registration costs. Grant applications are now open HERE and close on 5 April.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the 48 Hour Film website here

What:   Adelaide 48 Hour Film Project 

When:    Friday 30 April – Sunday 2 May 2021 

Where:   Adelaide 

Who:   Everyone 

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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