i48 2023 Registration!

Registration is now open! Come be a part of the 20th Anniversary of i48!!

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13 Stories Registration is Now Closed!

Join us in September at the Old Pen to see what the teams come up with!

2023 is the 20th Anniversary of the Idaho Forty-Eight Hour Film Festival and Competition (“i48”). Over the past twenty years, 778 teams have embraced the challenge to write, produce, cast, costume, secure locations, shoot, edit, and musically score a completed film in just 48 hours. Making the safe assumption that i48 films are an average of five (5) minutes long, this means i48 teams have produced 3890 minutes of movies – or 65 hours. If you wanted to watch every i48 film ever made, you’d need two and half days to do it.


Filmmakers from the Treasure Valley and throughout Idaho can join this proud history by signing up now for i48/2023. This i48 will follow the same rules and format as our past 19 years, but we know you’ll feel extra amazing being a part of our 20th! The Competition will run from 6:00pm on June 2, 2023 to 6:00pm on June 4, 2023. As always, all completed films will be included in a public screening at The Flicks in Boise on Saturday, June 10, 2023. The “Best of i48/2023”, showcasing the award winnings films, will play on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at the historic Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise.


All participating teams in i48’s 20th Anniversary will receive some free 20th Anniversary swag to mark the occasion. Additionally, we’re bringing back t-shirts with some special commemorative i48 20th Anniversary t-shirts available for sale at all screenings!


i48 can already vote in elections and next year, i48 will be able to legally drink. Kids grow up so fast these days…

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It's that time of year again!

The Old Idaho Penitentiary is teaming up with i48 for the fourth annual “13 Stories” film competition, a unique opportunity for Idaho filmmakers to create short (4-7 minutes in duration) films inspired by true Idaho State Penitentiary stories and the men and women who passed through its walls. The 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 1 and August 1, 2023. The deadline for turning in finished films will be September 1 at 12:00 pm.

Due to popular demand, all finished films will be included in three screenings at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. The first, a screening and awards ceremony for the filmmaker teams, takes place Thursday, September 14, 2023. The second and third nights
(Friday-Saturday, September 15 & 16) are public screenings. Ticket sales begin Tuesday, August 15 at 10:00 am for all three nights, and food trucks, concessions, and no-host bar will be available each night. Judged awards with cash prizes will be given to winning films on Thursday, September 14.

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 14, 2023 screening and awards ceremony, awards for Best Lead Performer and Best Supporting Performer will also be presented.

Registration will open April 2, 2023 at 10:00 am. Registration for this event is $25 per team. The sign-up deadline is May 1, 2023.

The stories selected by the Old Idaho Penitentiary staff for the 2023 competition are available on the i48 website. 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 so do not wait to sign up! Profiles will be assigned in the order the teams register for the competition.



Click here to view the inmate profilesClick Here to View the Documents You Need

Congratulations to all the filmmakers and bands for a truly special event. All of the videos were great! We continue to be blown away by the creativity and talents by the artists in the valley. Thank you so much!

Here are the winners of the awards –

Best Editing: Media Puppet for “The Bricklayer” by Mylo Bybee

Best Cinematography: Wonder Pictures for “Shelter” by Blanket Ghost

Best Concept: Media Puppet for “The Bricklayer” by Mylo Bybee

Congratulations to the h48 Winners!

Audience Choice Award: “Broken Rules” by Sleepless


Best Gore/SFX: “Smash & Grab” by Rockit Moving Picture Company


Best Scream Queen: Jessica Johnson in “The Ghostmaker” by Clam City


Best Villain/Baddie: Jon A. Ravenholt in ”Blood Chant” by Bloody Tales to Die For


Best Film: “Broken Rules” By Sleepless