The Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), will offer film production grants, workshops and discussions as well as curated film screenings and filmmaking awards.
Sharjah Art Foundation has announced the launch of the new Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), an annual programme that will provide a platform for filmmaking in the UAE and the surrounding region. The multi-pronged programme will offer film production grants, workshops and discussions as well as curated film screenings and filmmaking awards.
The SFP launched with an open call for the foundations first annual Short Film Production Grant, and online applications from emerging filmmakers were accepted through 28 February 2018. Up to three winners will receive a total of $30,000, and their original films will be screened as part of the SFPs film programme in January 2019. The winners, who will be assessed on the creativity and technical skill demonstrated in their submissions, will be announced in March 2018.
The foundation offers regular screenings of independent, experimental, award-winning and artist films in Mirage City Cinema, Sharjahs only dedicated outdoor cinema; production grants; commissions and co-commissions; a film club and educational programmes for film enthusiasts and emerging filmmakers. The foundation has also partnered with film festivals such as Reel Palestine and the Dubai International Film Festival, among others, to screen films by upcoming directors.
In addition to the Short Film Production Grants, the Sharjah Film Platform comprises two other major programmes.
One is the SFP Curated Film Programme and Award, where a guest curator is invited to organise a programme of both short and feature films that focus on a particular concept or theme. Including documentary, experimental, narrative and animated productions, the selected films will be screened at the foundations Mirage City Cinema and other film venues across the Emirate of Sharjah. An internationally recognised jury of film professionals will select winning films in each category. The first curated film programme will take place in January 2019.
The second is the SFP Public Programme of Talks, Workshops and Discussions. As part of this, SFP will offer workshops, talks and discussions on both practical filmmaking skills such as screenwriting, cinematography and editing and more theoretical subjects such as film theory and film criticism. SFP will also host focused sessions with guest speakers and experts in the film and production industry, who will address major concerns in the film market, including funding and distribution.