The leaders of the two winning will get the chance to take part in one of the cinema and directing events at the Red Sea Film Festival in 2024.
The 48Hr Film Challenge supports up-and-coming filmmakers to write, shoot and produce a short film in just two days. The competition is a collaboration between the Alliance Française, French Consulate in Jeddah, and the Red Sea International Film Festival.
The organisers invite applications from teams of creatives aged 18–25, comprising up to five participants and led by a Saudi director or scriptwriter.
On July 21 and 22, selected teams will receive a two-day mentorship, with workshops in short film production. Working around set themes, and with the inclusion of an unknown scenic or prop element, revealed just before the shoot, each team will work to beat the deadline, shooting and editing a short film of three to six minutes duration.
The challenge will culminate with screenings on August 27, where two teams will be awarded 48Hr Film Challenge trophies. The winning team leaders will go on to enjoy a residency in a film event in France in 2024.