The Frantic48

The Peace Region's Annual 48-Hour Film Challenge

April 3-5, 2020

Over the course of an adrenaline-filled weekend filmmaking teams compete to write, shoot, and edit a 2 to 6 minutes short film based on a randomly selected genre, and a provided line of dialogue and prop. The best films will be screened as part of the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Alberta on Sunday, May 12, 2019.


Teams of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. All short films must be produced in the Peace Region to qualify for entry. Early-bird Registration is closes April 1, 2019 at midnight. Register online here!


Early-bird Registration
(till April 1, 2019) 
Regular Registration
(till April 8, 2019)
PRIMAA Member Teams $25 $50
Non-Member Teams $50 $75

Only one fee is required per team, and there are no team size limits. PRIMAA membership is not required. However, if your team has a PRIMAA member as the team captain, your team will qualify for reduced registration fee.

PRIMAA membership is $50 and includes several member benefits.


The awards will be structured the same as previous years:

  • Audience Choice (Overall)
  • Judge’s Choice (Overall)
  • Judge’s Choice (Youth) *if we have youth entries
  • Honourable Mentions / Runner-Ups

Specified prize amounts and gifts are TBD and will be announced at the screening.


The Start - April 3, 2020 at 7:00PM

Registered teams can pick up their starter packages in Grande Prairie. Out of town teams can request digital delivery of their info packages.

Each team will be given their starter package containing a preselected random genre. All teams will have to include a specific prop and line of dialogue in their film. The genres will be different for each team, while the prop and dialogue line will be the same for all teams. Each of these must be included in your final short film project to qualify.

The End - April 5, 2020 at 7:00PM

Completed 2 to 6 minutes projects are to be turned in by 7pm on Sunday to compete for prizes. Late entries will be accepted until [Frantic48LateHandInTime] Sunday, however late entries will be exempt from award contention. Entries after [Frantic48LateHandInTime] Sunday will not be accepted.

For more details see the full Rules and Regulations.

Register online here!

Should you have any questions that are not answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page, please contact us at

The Frantic48 is presented by PRIMAA in collaboration with Grande Prairie Live Theatre and the Reel Shorts Film Festival.