The 48hr Film Project debuts in Dubai

The cooler autumn months that we all eagerly look forward to every year are well and truly here and as usual have brought along a packed calendar of all kinds of social activities for UAE residents. From open air cinemas, music festivals and outdoor flea markets to photography contests and themed culture walks around Dubai’s very own Al Quoz industrial area (see this interesting initiative by the MENAlabs team)…all we can say is its a great time to be a creative creature – endless sources of inspiration!

The Dubai 48hr Film Project is one such gem. This coming weekend (Nov 10th-12th) sees the arrival of the world’s oldest (started in 2001) and largest (participation of over 100+ countries) timed filmmaking competition to the shores of Dubai for the first time.

Open to all residents of Dubai, both amateur and professional levels, filmmakers will be challenged to collaborate and create a short film in 48hrs. Successfully registered participants then have exactly 48 hours to script, film and edit their 4- to 7-minute film.

To participate there are a few standard rules & regulations in place such as members of teams must be volunteers, entries must be the original work & not infringe third-party’s rights… etc, but most interestingly is the mandatory inclusion of i) a character, ii) a prop and iii) line of dialogue and a randomly selected genre assigned to each team by the project organizers.  The latter is sure to result in an interesting final mix of short films.

All submitted entries will be publicly screened at Shelter Dubai on Nov 17th. The films will then be reviewed by a panel of judges and the Best Films will screen again on Nov 24th and be UAE hopefuls for top honours at ‘Filmapalooza’, the 48 Hour Film Project’s annual awards Festival. The top 10 international 48HFP films will then be screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner in 2012.

More details on the prizes & award ceremony are available on the official website here.

All the best to participants!