Female Short Film Program

As this industry is still known for favouring men, PATON Productions has committed itself to searching for and developing female talent – we want to attract more female individuals who are passionate about film therefore PATON Productions started the Female Film Program to attract new female screenwriters, producers and filmmakers with exciting short film projects who are living in the GCC region.

Films should have a female protagonist, be between 5 min – 15 min long and have a budget of no more that $10K.

The submissions deadline is the 31st of March annually. One project will be picked on 1st of May and the winner will shoot their short film in September that year in Abu Dhabi with PATON Productions. Winners must be willing to pay for the transport and accommodation in Abu Dhabi doing the shoot as this will not be covered by the budget.

If you are a female writer, producer or filmmaker in the GCC with a great short film in mind, please email fsfp@patonprodutions.com a cover letter that is no more than 1000 words explaining who you are and why we should produce your short film and either a treatment or a full screenplay.

We look forward to receiving your submission and producing your compelling female centred stories.


2018: Afana Abdulraoof Issa Alqasimi – Screenwriter – UAE – THE DINNER

2016: Nazish Khan – Screenwriter – UK – CHOKE

2014: Marwah Al Mugait – Cinematographer – SAUDI – POSTPARTUM


  1. Katerina Steiger

    I have three original screenplays registered at the WGAW, they are suspense horror type films. I would like to send you the summaries if you send me your e mail address.


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