A contest that entails the full production of a film in just 48 hours – The 48 Hour Film Project – will be held in Cairo for the first time in what will be the project's 11th round. Each year since the project's inception in 2001, there are several participating cities. Lebanese producer Mohamed Reda, the contest’s supervisor, explained to the German Press Agency (DPA) that participants will produce a short film that ranges in length from four to seven minutes.
The whole process of producing a film, from generating an idea and writing the script to shooting and editing the material, should be executed within 48 hours.
The Lebanese producer, who lives in the United States, added that the competition challenges the contestants to shoot a film in a short period of time as an opportunity for film-lovers to put their skills to the test. He compares the contest to a compressed workshop that focuses on the practical implementation of creativity and talent.
The competition will be open from 6pm on 13 September to 7pm on 15 September 2012. Films that qualify to the finalist stage will be screened on 20 September, followed by a discussion with participating teams, and prizes will be awarded on 28 September at a closing ceremony.
The 48 Hour Film Project awards prizes to the best film in each participating city, alongside awards for best actor, best soundtrack, and best script. In addition, there is the audience choice award, which is given to the film that receives the highest votes at a festival showcasing the films from the different cities.
The City Winner film will also be screened at Filmapalooza, the annual Awards Weekend held at Hollywood.
The 48 Hour Film Project took place in the Middle East for the first time last year. In Dubai, 40 participants took part, while in Beirut it was 25, and their films were screened in New Mexico.