Desert Rose Films Female Film Fund For Female Filmmakers

Female Short Film Program

Desert Rose Films Female Film Fund For Female Filmmakers

As this industry is still known for favouring men, Desert Rose Films (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 Desert Rose Films started the Female Film Fund to attract new female screenwriters, producers and filmmakers with exciting 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 every two years.

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 Desert Rose Films. 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 [email protected] 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.


2020: Michele Ziolkowski – Writer – UAE – Mountain Boy

2019: Noura Bint Hussam – Director – Saudi – THE DINNER

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

2017: Saudi Arabian Female Abaya Designers – Female Filmmakers – SAUDI ARABIA – THE BLACH ABAYA

2016: Nazish Khan – Screenwriter – UK – CHOKE

2015: Marwah Al Mugait – Cinematographer – SAUDI ARABIA – POSTPARTUM

Female Film Fund.
Females Filmmaker Behind the scene.

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