The competition is open for international applications and successful applicants will be notified by email.
Sharjah Art Foundation has extended its deadline for emerging and established filmmakers to submit their films for the third edition of the annual Sharjah Film Platform (SFP). Selected films will be screened as part of the festival’s film programme from November 14 to 21, 2020 and considered for a juried award.
Filmmakers interested in screening their films during the third edition of SFP are invited to submit an original film by the new deadline of May 10, 2020. All films, regardless of artistic approach, format, or themes, will be accepted for consideration.
Providing a critical platform for filmmakers, producers, critics and students, 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 curated film screenings, SFP features a public programme of talks, panel discussions and workshops that bring international film experts to Sharjah and premieres the films supported by the Short Film Production Grant. SFP furthers the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to film programming and commissions.
Since its inaugural edition, SFP has screened more than 190 short and feature-length narrative, documentary and experimental films at the Foundation’s open-air Mirage City Cinema and in various venues across the city of Sharjah. These films have been made not only by local and regional filmmakers but also by those from other parts of the world. The talks and panel discussions have focussed on wide-ranging themes related to current and contemporary issues in the film industry, and aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts have taken part in workshops covering different aspects of filmmaking, including screenwriting, production, film criticism and acting.
The prize-winning films from the second edition of SFP were 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).