Sharjah Art Foundation Launches Sharjah Film Platform

BY Katrina Kufer / Mar 8 2018 / 14:00 PM

The latest initiative will showcase international non-mainstream award-winning and emerging director films free and open to the public at Sharjah’s outdoor Mirage City Cinema

Sharjah Art Foundation Launches Sharjah Film Platform
Courtesy of the Sharjah Art Foundation
A film screening at the Sharjah Film Platform at the Shajah Art Foundation

Sharjah’s only outdoor cinema, designed by filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and architect Ole Scheeren for the Sharjah Biennial 11, has been transformed into Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) – the UAE’s first critical platform for film. Along with showcasing emerging directors, international award-winning projects and special curated series focusing on a genre or theme under a remit of the unconventional, SFP will also offer film production grants, workshops, discussions and filmmaking awards as part of the foundation’s commitment to being a cultural catalyst.

Launching with an open call for the first of its annual Short Film Production Grants, the winner – to be announced this month – will receive $30,000 and screen their original film in January 2019 as part of SFP’s programme. The programme will also include commissions and co-commissions, educational programmes for enthusiasts and amateurs alike, and will offer specialty events as a result of collaborations and partnerships with film festivals such as Reel Palestine and the Dubai International Film Festival.

A highlight of the upcoming SFP will be the Curated Film Programme, which will see a guest curator create a selection of short and feature films, documentaries, experimental, narrative and animated works that hone in on a specific theme of choice. The first edition will take place in January 2019, and from this programme, a jury of international film professionals will select winners from each category as part of the SFP Award.

The programming will be free and open to the public.