Waiting for P O Box, a short film co-produced by the Dubai International Film Festival, has earned Syria its first ever in-competition berth at the Cannes Film Festival, the world’s most prestigious and celebrated cinema event. The 65th edition of Cannes begins Wednesday, May 16 and continues until May 27, 2012.
The 15-minute film, a short about recognition, independence and originality and a commentary on the challenges of filmmaking in an emerging region, is one of 10 works selected from 4,500 international submissions to the Cannes Short Film Competition.
Directed by Syria’s Bassam Chekhes and produced by Jordan’s Rula Nasser of DIFF award-winning feature films The Last Friday and Transit Cities, the film is also supported by the Netherlands Film Fund and is one of the most recent beneficiaries of the Dubai Film Market’s Enjaaz post-production support programme for Arab filmmakers. The Dubai Film Market is the festival’s comprehensive business hub, which covers the script to screen arc with components dedicated to development, co-production, post-production and acquisitions.
The film follows Mustafa and Ayoub, two Arab filmmakers struggling to make their film. Hindered by the local mismanaged funding entities, they are forced to resort to foreign funds, where they are challenged by the lack of meaningful translation. Waiting for P O Box, which will make its global debut at Cannes, stars Yazan Al Rousan and Rami Al Nihawi.