State 48 Hour Film Project

The Flagstaff International Film Festival (FIFF) is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural State 48 Hour Film Project, a unique filmmaking competition scheduled to take place from April 19 to April 21, 2024. The State 48 Hour Film Project is open to all Arizona residents and invites both aspiring and professional filmmakers to join in the creative process.

48 Hour Film Projects are a worldwide filmmaking competition where teams undertake the entire process of writing, filming, editing, and screening a short film within a 48-hour timeframe. At the commencement of the competition, participants receive a genre, character, line of dialogue, and a prop, which they must incorporate into their film. It challenges participants to be creative, work under tight deadlines, and showcase their filmmaking skills.

About the State 48 Hour Film Project

Beginning Friday, April 19th at 3:00 PM is the kickoff event. At 3:30 PM, teams will choose an envelope to draw their elements to include in their project. Then it’s lights, camera, action—writing, filming, and editing, before submitting their film by Sunday 3:30 PM. The film festival begins on Sunday at 3:30 PM, and with light refreshments offered. Films must be between 3 to 5 minutes, excluding credits. The team with the best film will get their award listed on the Flagstaff International Film Festival’s IMDb.

Both the drawing and the film festival will take place at the Coconino High School. The main auditorium is located at (2801 N Izabel St, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004). The film festival is open to the public and light refreshments will be offered. To watch the films screened on April 21st as a YouTube Live, please visit FIFF’s YouTube channel @flagfilmfestival.

The Flagstaff International Film Festival would like to thank Coconino Community College, their sponsor, Flagstaff Unified School District, their venue sponsor, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, their participating sponsor, the City of Flagstaff and Creative Flagstaff. Their generous contribution supports FIFF’s mission to foster the growth of the Arizona film industry.

Through continued sponsorship, the Flagstaff International Film Festival can further promote the art of filmmaking by showcasing independent films, supporting filmmakers, and providing a platform for diverse voices in the world cinema.

Registration details are as follows:

Student Registration: $50 per team
Registration (Through April 15): $100 per team

Refunds are only provided to teams who have to withdraw due to Covid-19. All costs associated with the production are solely the responsibility of the teams.

For additional information about the State 48 Hour Film Project, including full rules, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

About FIFF (Flagstaff International Film Festival)

FIFF is an Arizona 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2022. The Flagstaff International Film Festival showcases a diverse collection of short films from emerging talents to established artists, and provides a platform for these filmmakers to present their art. FIFF also offers educational opportunities aimed to inspire and encourage individuals that are considering a career in the film industry. To learn more about the Flagstaff International Film Festival, to donate, to advertise, or to see their sponsorship packages available, please visit their website