The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) announced on Saturday the launch of Sanad Emarati, a new short-film funding initiative that will seek out distinctive and promising projects by Emirati and GCC filmmakers with the aim of encouraging their ambitions to take on more challenging productions and concepts.
The new initiative, jointly launched by the Emirates Film Competition (EFC) and Sanad, coincides with the tenth anniversary of the EFC, one of the longest-running film initiatives in the region, which continues to provide a key platform for filmmakers from the Gulf countries.
Through Sanad Emarati, the EFC seeks to expand its activities to provide year-round support for serious regional film talents under the auspices of Sanad, ADFF’s development and post-production fund for filmmakers from the Arab world.
Apart from funding and getting a chance to present their work to the international film community gathering at ADFF each October, grantees will benefit from year-round assistance and professional advice as well as enjoying access to SanadLab film workshops.
Eissa Saif Rashed Al Mazrouei, director of special projects for the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach), said that the creation of Sanad Emarati is a milestone in their efforts to foster a vibrant local film culture.
“Apart from grants, Sanad Emarati will provide concrete, meaningful support for each selected project, encouraging filmmakers from the GCC countries to gain experience with different kinds of audiences and take their work to international film festivals and markets.”
“Grantees will benefit from help with publicity, finding further funding opportunities and submitting completed projects to festivals internationally,” he added.
The initiative will support up to five projects per year, with grants being determined according to the project’s needs. The first deadline for submissions is Dec.1.