h48/2024 -Save the Date!


Competition: October 11-13
Festival: Saturday, October 19


Registration opens Sunday, September 8 @ 10:00am

Congratulations to all of the filmmakers for another great year of i48!

Here are the i48/2024 Award Winners –

BEST USE OF PROP: “Roll of Fate” by Post Samurai Sword
BEST USE OF CHARACTER: “Grailchasing” by Wander Pictures
BEST USE OF DIALOGUE: “Roll of Fate” by Post Samurai Sword
ACTOR – Jake Zahm as “Erin Durant” in “Punishment Pong” by Dead 8 Film Club
ACTRESS – Julia Minor as “Erin Durant” in “Home Sweep Home” by Hot Cheese
SOUND/MUSIC: “Punishment Pong” by Dead 8 Film Club
CINEMATOGRAPHY: “Punishment Pong” by Dead 8 Film Club
2ND BEST FILM: “The Cookie Caper” by Monkey-Fu Films
BEST FILM: “Punishment Pong” by Dead 8 Film Club

BEST USE OF PROP: “The Last Vanguard” by Thousandth Shard Productions
BEST USE OF CHARACTER: “Suppression” by Wiser Wolves Productions
BEST USE OF DIALOGUE: “#DED” by Female Film Slayers
ACTOR: Grady McFerrin as “Spike” in “The Crysantholamph” by Sleepless
ACTRESS: Ella Jacobsen as Leona Hackworth in “Hollow” by BussFilms
SOUND/MUSIC: “Can You Hear Me?” by Cherry Bomb
CINEMATOGRAPHY: “Cutting Leonard Loose” by Cinema Ninja
2ND BEST FILM: “The Crysantholamph” by Sleepless
BEST FILM: “Cutting Leonard Loose” by Cinema Ninja

13 Stories V: Announcing the Fifth Anniversary of 13 Stories!


Celebrate five years of incredible short films inspired by true stories from the Old Idaho Penitentiary. The site once again is teaming up with i48 for the fifth annual “13 Stories” film competition, a unique opportunity for Idaho filmmakers to create short (4-7 minutes in duration) films chronicling the stories of the men and women who worked or served time behind the sandstone walls. Filmmaker teams will have the opportunity to shoot their films on location at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Site staff will contact each team to schedule time to shoot between June 9 and August 30, 2024. The deadline for turning in finished films will be September 1 at 12:00 pm.


All finished films will be included in two nights of screenings at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. The first night, featuring a screening and awards presentation for the filmmaker teams, takes place on a Friday the 13th (September 13, 2024). The second night, (Saturday, September 14) gives audiences a second chance to see this year’s entries. Ticket sales begin Tuesday, August 20 at 10:00 am for both nights. Concessions and no-host bar will be available each night. Judged awards with cash prizes will be given to winning films on Friday, September 13.


Cash prizes are as follows:

Warden’s Cup for Best Film: $350

Trusty Trophy for Runner-Up to Best Film: $150

Stool Pigeon Award for Best Use of History: $100

Audience Choice Award (announced on social media after all three screenings): $150


During the September 13, 2024 screening and awards presentation, awards for Best Lead Performer and Best Supporting Performer will also be presented.


Registration will open on-line at https://www.idaho48.org/13-stories/ on Sunday, April 7 at 10:00 am. Registration for this event is $25 per team. The sign-up deadline is April 27, 2024.


The stories selected by Old Idaho Penitentiary staff for the 2024 competition are available on the i48 website – https://www.idaho48.org/13-stories/ – when registering, teams will need to include their top 3 profile choices so be sure to go in and do some browsing to be prepared.


There are only 15 spots available, so do not wait to sign up! Profiles will be assigned in the order the teams register for the competition.

Click Here for the Inmate Profiles

 Congratulations to the Winners!

Best Screenplay: Daisy Battles “Time Crunch”

Best Cinematography: “Darkness” by Films Films Films

Best Actress: Joy Rachel Moore in “Let’s Get Lunch” by Flying Fedora Films

Best Actor: Greg Ilk in “Fan Film” by Ice Cream Entertainment

Best Film: “Let’s Get Lunch” by Flying Fedora Films

i48 is proud to announce a revival of one our most successful February Challenges ever – the Collaboration Project.  The Collaboration Project is a large-scale collaboration between local screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, and crew to create up to ten (10) original short films up to ten (10) minutes long in February 2024

Beginning in November 2023, screenwriters from Idaho or with ties to Idaho are encouraged to submit original short film screenplays no more than ten (10) pages in length. The films can be in any genre, but must adhere to a PG-13 rating or below, must be able to be filmed in the Treasure Valley during February 2024, and have speaking roles for a minimum of four (4) actors. The deadline for screenplay submissions to i48 will be 1/6/24.

Starting in November 2023, i48 will recruit up to ten (10) Director/Producer Teams.  Following the screenplay submission deadline of 1/6/24, the screenplays will be “blind submitted” (i.e. without identifying the author) to the Director/Producer teams.  From the submissions, the Director/Producer teams will select a screenplay to produce.

Beginning in January 2024, i48 will recruit up to forty (40) actors of all ages and genders to participate in the films.  All actors will be required to participate in a short filmed audition in on 2/3/24. The audition tapes will be submitted to the Director/Producer Teams to use in casting their films.  The first forty (40) actors to volunteer and participate in the filmed audition will receive a speaking role.

Once screenplays are selected and casts are solidified, the filmmaking teams will have between 2/16/24 and 3/3/24 to film their movies. The teams will have the month of March 2024 to edit their films for final submission on 3/31/24. A public screening of all completed films will be at The Flicks on 4/6/24.

This time around the Collaboration Project will be a competition with awards given for Best Screenplay ($100 cash prize and trophy), Best Film (trophy), 2nd Best Film (trophy), Best Actor (trophy), Best Actress (trophy) and Best Cinematography (trophy).

The goals of the Collaboration Project are (1) to provide the opportunity for screenwriters who might not otherwise have access to a production team to see their work realized on the big screen, (2) to push director/producing teams to make a film not of their own idea or creation, and (3) to encourage directors and producers to work with new actors and vice versa.  Overall, the goal is encourage collaboration between new voices and new faces within the Boise filmmaking community.