48 Hour Film Holiday Project

At the Kickoff Event each team draws TWO genres from a hat.

The catch? They're all holiday genres. Your film must be true to the genre you have selected—and no trading with other teams!

At the Kickoff Event you will be assigned two genres from the list below. Your team may decide which one you to use for your film. With this change, the Wild Card option has been eliminated. Your film must be true to one of the genres you have selected — and no trading with other teams!

Got it all? Well, be warned... We switch up the options each year - just to keep you on your toes!!

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Required Holiday Theme

Teams will be randomly assigned one of the following Holiday Themes. The theme must be evident to judges and audience.

  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza
  • New Years
  • Valentines Day
  • 4th of July

New this year!  The Holiday Wildcard.   Don't like the holiday you drew?  You can throw your holiday back in and draw from our Wildcard hat.

  • Mothers/Fathers Day
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Veterans Day
  • MLK Day
  • Columbus Day

Genres Not Set Yet

The official genre list for The 48 Hour Film Holiday Project 2020 has not been set yet.

Required Elements

In addition to drawing a genre, each team will be required to include an assigned character, prop and line of dialogue at the Kickoff Event.

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Combining Genres

You may combine genres (e.g., a silent comedic buddy film) - however, your official assigned genre must be clearly represented in the mix.

Adherence to Assignment

Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.

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