Working on "I Rise"

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A friend told me a couple of months ago about an online competition that the Vancouver Film School was doing and she told me you should enter, I was hesitant at first because I didn't know if I had enough time to do something special for the contest but when she sent me the link I was excited and I decided I want to enter this contest. The rules were simple, you had to choose a predetermined phrase from several they wrote on their site and make a 90 second video around that phrase so I chose " To all the long days, late nights, aches, pains, and bruises I say bring it".

 I started to think about the video and what I should do, I had about 20 days before the final deadline so I had to work fast. I talked with my brother who is a very talented writer and I told him I want something uplifting, so he wrote me this short script which I loved and then we shot it in about two days, and then I did the post production work in about three days and it was ready.

I sent the video and I was very proud of it because it was special and touching but I have to say I didn't expect much because there were hundreds of submissions from all around the world and a lot of talented people so I just entered and wished.

 A couple of weeks later I was contacted by the Vancouver Film School and told that I won a "Partial Scholarship", I was so honored and so humbled to be one of the winners from all of the great submissions but I was also sad because I knew that a partial scholarship would not be enough for me to go there as I needed a full scholarship due to the financial situation I could't cover the rest of the fees. So I sent them an email telling them that I won't be able to accept the scholarship so they replied and told me that they increased the amount of money they were giving me which was a major boost for me to know that they really wanted me to be there.

 Sadly in the end i wasn't able to go because even with the increased scholarship it wasn't enough but at least I know that I am on the correct path, to win something of this stature means that I am doing something right and I will continue to push on.


About the author


Mohamed Khalifa is an independent filmmaker from Egypt. He started working on movies in 2009 but it was in 2011 that he really stood out when he made the first horror movie in Egyptian history "Haunted Hearts" which got very good feedback. After that he made five movies all of…

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