As this industry is still known for favouring men, Desert Rose Films has committed itself to search for and developing female talent, therefore, Desert Rose Films started the Female Short Film Program (FSFP) to attract new female writers and filmmakers with exciting short film projects living in the GCC region. If you are a female writer or director living in the GCC with a great short film idea in mind, this program is for you.


  • Films must have an interesting female protagonist
  • Between 5 min – 15 min long
  • Have a production budget of no more that 10K AED (You must be willing to pay for your own transport and accommodation in Abu Dhabi during the shoot as this will not be covered by the production budget)
  • Filmmaker needs to do a 1-minute Elevator Pitch in front of Three Female Judges at Two Four 54 Creative Lab
  • Filmmaker needs to hand in a One Pager of no more than 500 words to the Three Female Judges
  • One Project will be picked by the Three Female Judges and filmed in June in Abu Dhabi by Desert Rose Films
  • Enties close on March 31st.

For more information email

#fsfp looks forward to hearing your pitches and producing your compelling female-centred stories


2019: Noura bint Hussam AlSaud – Director – THE DINNER

2019: Mona Al Blooshi – Actress – THE DINNER

2018: Afnan Abdulraoof Issa Alqasimi – Screenwriter – THE DINNER

2017: Nazish Khan – Screenwriter – CHOKE

2016: Marwah Al Mugait – Cinematographer – POSTPARTUM

WIFAE Meetup #3: Production workshop & chance to win 10000$ in Production value!

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018, 7:00 PM

twofour54 creative lab
#thelab – twofour54, building #1, behind Khalifa Park opposite the Abu Dhabi Education Council Abu Dhabi, AE

30 Members Went

• What we’ll do WIFAE and Paton Production is proud to present: the “Female Short film Program” #fsfp at this meetup. Female filmmakers will have the chance to pitch a film infront of three female judges at the WIFAE 3rd meetup. The best pitch will win 10,000 dollars worth of production value at the end of event decided by the judges. All you need …

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