All films, regardless of artistic approach, format, or themes, will be accepted for consideration and the competition is open for international applications.
Sharjah Art Foundation has announced that the deadline for filmmakers to submit their films for the third edition of the annual Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) is April 26. Selected films will be screened as part of the festival’s film programme scheduled for November 14 to 21 and be considered for a juried award. Successful applicants will be notified by email.
SFP was launched by Sharjah Art Foundation in 2018 as a resource to support filmmaking in the UAE and the surrounding region. In addition to the film programme, SFP features a public programme of talks, panel discussions and workshops that bring film experts from around the world to Sharjah, and premieres films supported by the Short Film Production Grant.
Since its inaugural edition, SFP has screened over 190 short and feature-length narrative, documentary and experimental films made by local, regional and international filmmakers, at the Foundation’s open-air Mirage City Cinema and in various venues across the city of Sharjah.
The talks and panel discussions focussing on wide-ranging themes related to current and contemporary issues in the film industry, and aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts took part in workshops that covered different aspects of filmmaking, including screenwriting, production, film criticism and acting.
Prize-winning films from the second edition of SFP include Syed Maisam Ali Shah’s Far in Night (Best Narrative Film); Moahmmadreza Vatandoust’s Lotus (Best Documentary Film); and Yashaswini Raghunandan’s The Cloud Never Left (Best Experimental Film).