For the first time, The 48 Hour Film Project is coming to the UAE.

The event takes place at The Pavilion on November 10 at 7pm. Teams who enter will be given a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, using which they will have just 48 hours to create a film between four and seven minutes long. By Saturday November 12 at 7pm, all films must be completed and submitted, and all submissions will be screened at The Shelter in Al Quoz on Thursday November 17, before the best films are shown on Thursday November 24.

Winners of the Dubai competition will go on to represent the city in the international 48 Hour Film Project awards, to take place early next year, where they will have the chance to win the grand prize, US$3,000 (Dhs11,019) and see their film screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Born in Washington DC in May 2001, The 48 Hour Film Project is the brainchild of filmmaker Mark Ruppert, who came up with the concept while in search of a new challenge. Ten years on, the project has grown to more than 80 cities worldwide, and last year saw the involvement of more than 40,000 filmmakers.

The competition is open to all UAE residents and there are no age restrictions or previous experience required. Dubai entrants must register their team by Wednesday November 9 at Dhs550 per team (no restrictions on team size).