What is the 48 Hour Vidjam Filmmaking Weekend?

This year’s theme is INNER DEMOnNS

Vidjam is a 48-hour filmmaking competition based out of Central Pennsylvania. Filmmakers setup teams and then have 48 hours to make a film based off of a theme chosen by Vidjam staff before the event, then that film is screened in front of a real audience in a real movie theatre!

Team Registration available here.

The weekend begins on June 1st at 7pm until June 3rd at 7pm, with the screening at Midtown Cinema on June 7th!


  1. The Harrisburg Filmmaking Weekend begins on June 1st at 7pm. Short films must be submitted by June 3rd at 7pm.
  2. Your film must be between 4 and 8 minutes long, including any credits you may want to add.
  3. Film may not have been developed, written, or shot before this weekend.
  4. You must own, have permission to use, or have the appropriate rights for all video and audio in your film.
  5. If you feel stuck or have any questions, please contact us at sam@vidjam.org. We are here to help you succeed!


What is the Vidjam Filmmaking Weekend?

Vidjam is inspired by “game jams“, which are “a gathering of game developers for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours” (wikipedia.org). We wanted to bring that collaborative experience to a new medium: filmmaking.

At Vidjam, teams take one suggestion (one theme, one word, one sentence, etc.), chosen at the beginning of the Vidjam event, and are then tasked with writing, filming, and editing their own video to be screened in front of an audience!

An example of a Vidjam Filmmaking Weekend schedule is located below:

Friday Evening: All teams who have registered for the competition show up, the rules and guidelines are established and explained, and a topic/theme/inspiration is chosen for the Vidjam.

Friday Evening – Sunday: The teams have this time to plan, write, film, and edit their projects for the deadline on Sunday evening.

Sunday Evening: All team submissions are dropped off or uploaded to Vidjam.org.

The Following Week: The screening will take place one week after the Vidjam to allow for Vidjam staff to review all submissions.  Our screenings will be attended by guest judges, as well.  After the screening the guest judges will vote for a “Judge’s Choice” winner, while the audience will be polled for the “Audience Favorite”!

The submissions will then be uploaded and posted the Vidjam.org website!  Last years submissions are available here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Registration for Team Entry is will cost $35 ($25 for Early Bird Registration) and include two tickets to the screening and awards show.

Will Vidjam be coming to my city?

The Vidjam Filmmaking Weekend will be coming to Lancaster and York for a second time this summer!  More details within the coming months!

What are the films about?

The films can be about whatever the filmmakers want it to be about, the only requirement is every team must adhere to the chosen theme for the weekend.

What is a ‘theme’?

Whether it’s a song, word, or quote, the theme is what the filmmakers will use to inspire their films, and is chosen before by Vidjam before the event.

Who sees the films?

There will be special guest judges at the screening to award our “Judge’s Choice” award, but the screening will also be open to the general public! Invite your friends and family to see your film being shown on the big screen!

Who are the filmmakers?

If you’ve ever wanted to make a film and share it with others, Vidjam is for you. From amateurs and professionals, to someone itching to tell their first story through the medium on filmmaking, there are no experience requirements for Vidjam! Come out, have fun, make art!

Is there a limit to the number of people on a team?

Absolutely not! If someone wants a 150-person production while another person wants to go solo, it’s completely up to them! Whatever it takes to tell your story.

Am I Allowed on Multiple Teams?

Absolutely! Maybe you have skills or talents that multiple teams could benefit from utilizing. Do what you want, do what you can! We are sure you will be a huge asset to the filmmakers! If you’re interested this sort of this you can always contact us at hellovidjam@gmail.com!

How long are the films?

The films are required to be between 4 and 8 minutes.

Where and when are they shown?

Our third Vidjam event and screening will be at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Midtown Cinema! The screening will be shown in their 124-seat theatre.

What can I do with my film after the screening?

After the screening the film is yours! Feel free to post it, screen it, or share it with whoever you would like. It’s your art!

Can I do something non-film related?

Are you into music? Maybe you’re into makeup? If you have skills and talents, you’d be surprised how they can translate into a role when helping to make a film! E-mail us as hellovidjam@gmail.com or join the Find A Vidjam Team Facebook Group, and tell us the sort of things you are interested in doing and we will see what we can do!

Do you have a question? Please, if this page hasn’t answered your question please let us know down below so we can get back to you with an answer as soon as possible! Or e-mail us at sam@vidjam.org!

Harrisburg Vidjam Filmmaking Weekend 2018

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