Twofour54 has announced that it has seen a record number of film submissions for the 2015 session of Sanad, with a total of 178 projects received in total.
With the session now closed, Sanad’s committee members will convene to select the stand-out submissions in two categories, development and post-production. The grantees will be announced in September.
This year, 101 projects were submitted for development funding while 77 were received for post-production. Nearly half of the total 178 submissions were first feature projects in the 2015 session (87 projects compared to 51 in 2014), an indication of the growing interest of Arabs in the filmmaking industry.
Grantees will receive up to US $20,000 per project in the development category, and up to $60,000 per project in the post-production category, from the total Sanad fund of $500,000.
Ali Al Jabri, director of Sanad, commented: “Our support for Arab film production and Arab filmmakers through the Sanad fund provides new and established filmmakers with capital to develop or complete their feature-length narrative and documentary projects. The increase in projects submitted is testament to both the love of film in the Arab world and Sanad’s growing reputation as a popular initiative that supports filmmakers in the region. We have received a remarkable collection of submissions and we look forward to the new influx of quality Arabic cinema from the next group of grantees.”