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UC students invited to participate in CCM's 48-Hour Film Festival

CCM Acting presents the sixth annual 48-Hour Film Festival on Oct. 25-27, 2019. Open to all UC students, apply by Oct. 21 to participate.

The 48-Hour Film Festival at UC’s College-Conservatory of music challenges teams of UC students to create short films over a single weekend. Any UC student is invited to participate in the sixth annual festival, which will be held on Oct. 25-27, 2019.

Last year’s 48-Hour Film Festival had more than 100 UC student participants including Acting, Biology, Musical Theatre, Computer Science, E-Media, Journalism, International Affairs and English Literature majors.

Students must submit an application to CCM Acting Professor Richard E. Hess by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21 to participate. All students who apply will be placed on a team.

“From experienced filmmakers to first-time novices, and serious film lovers to curious dabblers, there is room for everyone on a team,” Hess says. “Any UC student who applies is placed on a team, no experience necessary.”

The clock starts ticking at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 when participants are randomly assigned to teams of eight to ten students each. The teams are each given a prop, a line of dialogue and a theme that they must use to create a short film that is five to seven minutes long.

The festival culminates at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 in a free public screening of each team’s film at UC’s MainStreet Cinema in the Tangeman University Center.

“It starts here,” Hess states. “Join the fun.” Application and screening event information is below.

How to Participate

Send your application and any questions to CCM Acting Professor Richard E. Hess at Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

Your application must include your name, college and year of study, e-mail contact, mobile contact and area of interest for the festival.

Participants will be randomly divided into teams based on their areas of interest to ensure that various skill sets are represented in each team. Please choose one area of interest in your application; list a second choice if you would be happy with either/or, depending on need. Areas of interest include:

  • Director of Photography
  • Director
  • First Assistant Director
  • Editor
  • Producer
  • Grip
  • Audio
  • Composer
  • Lead Writer
  • Actor
  • Production Design
  • Make-Up Design
  • Costume Design
  • Prop Design

Short-Film Screening Time

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27


MainStreet Cinema, Tangeman University Center
University of Cincinnati


FREE, reservations not required

Directions and Parking

For detailed maps and directions, please visit

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the end of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit the UC Parking Services website for information on parking rates.