You may remember last year's inaugural Dubai 48 Hour Film Project, the competition that gave "filmmakers" (and I'll use that term loosely because I was involved), the chance to put to put together a short film in just one weekend. You may even remember The National's attempt to enter, although it's unlikely you ever got to see our finished product, a science fiction set in Ajman (it was, somewhat amusingly, banned from the screening).
Anyway, the competition is returning this November 1-3 and anyone wanting to have a go (which we heartily recommend) needs to register.
In a nutshell, the competition – which now spans some 115 cities across the world – sees teams given a genre, a character, a line of dialogue and a prop to use on the Thursday evening. And by Saturday evening, they need to return the finished film. There are – obviously – more rules involved, so go to www.48hourfilm.com/dubai to find out more and sign up.
It's a whole lot of fun and one of the most amusing ways to spend a weekend. Some competitors take it more seriously than others (and you might imagine, we didn't), but even if you don't fancy yourself the next Tarantino it's still definitely something to be a part of. Just don't mention Ajman.