Fancy appearing in a Dubai film? You could and it could be your own.
If you didn’t get your chance at the Star Trek auditions recently, this could be the opportunity for you.
The world’s largest filmmaking competition – also taking place in Johannesburg, Paris, Cairo and Beijing - is coming to the city next month and on a global scale challenges more than 50,000 people to complete an entire film from writing and casting to filming and editing in just 48 hours.
An initiative that will tour nearly 130 cities will create more than 4,000 motion pictures around the planet and is titled The 48 Hour Film Project.
From November 12 to November 14 you could be part of the excitement and frustration it takes to make a movie in two days, the results of which will be available for public viewing and judging 11 days after completion, November 25, 26, and 27.
On the Thursday teams taking part will meet at Am Studio in Al Quoz where they will be given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue they must work into their film. Anything submitted even one minute late on the Saturday will be disqualified.
Winners in Dubai’s fifth annual edition will be entered for a prize in Atlanta at Filmapalooza 2016. The top 12 films from across the globe will screen at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. A best of screening will take place December 9 to 16 at Dubai International Film Festival.
The emirate has produced over 180 films in the last four years for this project and it’s described as “cinema for sport”
The first year, aspiring filmmaker Charlie Cracknel, was the youngest to ever take part in the competition worldwide, and last year, at 14 years old he won the “best film – Runner-up” award. Two years ago George Max Trumlmer’s winning Dubai entry “The Pillow Case” went to Hollywood and Cannes.
Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston co-founded The 48 Hour Film Project and Mo Rida is the Dubai Producer.