48 Hour Social Change Film Contest

Two Days For Change: August 17th-19th

The 48-Hour Social Change Film Contest is a fun weekend in which you and a team make a short social change film for a nonprofit. You write, shoot, edit, and score your film in just 48 hours. On Friday, you find out the nonprofit you'll be working with, and 48 hours later, the film must be complete. You have full creativity on how to best showcase the strengths and mission of the nonprofit. We'll judge the best films and we'll screen the winning film at the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Film winners will have their shorts represent their non-profits website or other commercial use.

Our Mission

The 48 Hour Film Project's mission is to advance filmmaking, promote filmmakers, and help non-profits. Through this competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and change agents to get out there and make films. The 48 hour tight deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and collaboration. While the time limit places an unbelievable restriction on the filmmakers, it is about creating change for the benefit of the nonprofit and hopefully get people to understand the power of social change film.


No genre restriction. Keep it PG-13 and lower.
Your film must be an AVI, MOV, MP4, H.264 or WMV. And must be able to play on a PC and/or Mac without further encoding.
Only use people outside of your group for extras.
Films must be 10 minutes or under for all entries.
We will provide DVD’s at kick off event; if a group loses their DVD they must obtain another on their own.
Contestants cannot use any previous footage filmed outside of the weekend during the contest.

If you would like your non-profit as one of the organizations the filmmakers could use to make a film or, e-mail us at CISCFF@chicagosocialchange.org

Fee: $25 per team

Interested? Register below!