What a difference a day (or two) makes! Could you write, produce and shoot a short film in just 48 hours?

2020 has been a bust. Stuck at home, with routines and habits we’d rather forget. And time has stood still. Challenging aspiring filmmakers to a creative experiment, Alliance Française, the Consulate general of France in Jeddah, The embassy of France in Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea International Film Festival, and La Fémis the film and television school want to change all that with two fast-paced and imaginative days.

The adventure is open to the Kingdom’s aspiring filmmakers – Saudis and Saudi residents alike – aged 18–25. Apply for the 48Hr Film Challenge, where successful applicants will enjoy three days of technical workshops and mentorship before the action-packed shoot in a race against the clock. And that’s not all – the winning team leaders will be crowned for their achievements with a prize of filmmaking residency at La Fémis, in France, next year.

Get your team (max. 5) together and let us know why you want to participate in this filmmaking adventure – applications are open now. Check out the submission guidelines for your chance to be part of a wild 48 hours, turning two days into a brand new, original short film!

Yusr awards, which offer cash prizes in directing, screenwriting, acting, and other categories. A jury of world-renowned filmmakers and film professionals will award cinematic work that pushes traditions, recognizing the innovators of independent filmmaking. The Yusr awards aspire to elevate new voices and encourage Saudi and regional filmmaking.


01. Phosphene

Team Leader: Safiah Husain Talib Cast: Nadeem Siddiq
Qusai Alqahtani
Jood Simbawah
Monaifah Alhajery

02. Ventca

Team Leader: bdulrahman Abu Habayeh Cast: Nader Wahbah

03. Into the sun

Team Leader: Abir Almadani Cast: Rahaf Aleiadhi
Amas Alshammari

04. Azor Ahai

Team Leader: Khalid Fallatah Cast: Ammar Hafiz
Qusai Alqahtani

05. Nostalgiers

Team Leader: Anmar Rdoeiny Cast: Tala Al-Asadi
Refal Mushref
Rana Mattar
Khawlah Alhalwani

06. What's the menu?

Team Leader: Rahaf Shami Cast: Sara Saber
Bayan Majed
Khadija Alhebshi

07. TSC

Team Leader: Sara Bukhari Cast: Shahad Alqahtani

08. The Falcons

Team Leader: Abdullah Alamoudi Cast: Taha Baageel
Yasser Alzahrani
Roula Dakheelallah

09. Art Angels

Team Leader: Abdulaziz Al-Gethami Cast: Amal Alshehri
Lina Algethami
Maha Algethami

10. Alzayer Brothers

Team Leader: Amer Al Zayer Cast: Ziyad Alzayer

11. Pink Camels

Team Leader: Talal Saud Cast: Younis Mohamed

12. Hustlers

Team Leader: Shouq Bakri Cast: Mohammed Atabani
Aseel Morya

13. The Normal Picture

Team Leader: Mazin Shallal Cast: Abdulrahman Alhamdan4
Sultan Alsaud
Seif Ali Ridha

14. Seif Ali Ridha

Team Leader: Abeer Sultan Cast: Abdullah Aljobelah
Arwa Alsari
Reema Ibrahim

15. Emerson Graduates

Team Leader: Farah Alturki Cast: Mohammed Atabani
Sarah Alansary


(1) Edible by Art Angels

(2) Dream of Dust by Watch me Roll


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