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Abu Dhabi’s SANAD Fund for Arab Filmmakers Announces Application Deadlines for 2011
Abu Dhabi's SANAD Fund for Arab Filmmakers
Announces Application Deadlines for 2011 SANAD, the Abu
Dhabi Film Festival's fund for filmmakers from the Arab
world, announced today this year's application deadlines. The
current cycle of applications closes on February 15, 2011. The
next SANAD application cycle begins on February 16 and ends on
July 1, 2011.
Launched in April last year, SANAD provides Arab filmmakers with
support for their feature-length narrative or documentary
projects. Each year, SANAD issues two open calls for
applications and awards a total of US$500,000 in
development and post-production grants.
In 2010, SANAD awarded development and post-production grants to
27 productions, 11 of which were debut features. Altogether,
20 narrative and seven documentary films received SANAD
"We are proud that, by means of SANAD, we are able to lend a
hand to some of the region's most talented filmmakers, both
newcomers and veterans.Independent Arab cinema seems to be coming
into its own and we have been witnessing a remarkable
transformation that has encouraged filmmakers and audiences to
move away from timeworn formulas to explore new directions.
It's a trend we have been thrilled to come across and share
with audiences at the Festival," said Peter Scarlet, the
Festival's Executive Director. "
Five SANAD post-production projects were shown at the Abu Dhabi
Film Festival 2010 (October 14-23). Here Comes the Rain, by
Bahij Hojeij (Lebanon), won the Festival's Black Pearl award
for Best Narrative Film from the Arab World as well as the
award for Best Director at the Oran International Arab Film
Festival 2010 in Algeria. OK, Enough, Goodbye, by Rania Attieh
and Daniel Garcia (Lebanon), won the Black Pearl award for
Best Narrative Film by a New Director from the Arab World.
Qarantina, by Oday Rasheed (Iraq/Germany), and Sun Dress, by
Saeed Salmeen (United Arab Emirates/Syria), were both selected
for the Festival's New Horizons / Afaq Jadida competition.
Qarantina received a Special Jury Award at the
Oran International Arab Film Festival 2010. Mohamed
Al-Daradji's new film In My Mother's Arms (Iraq) was screened
as a work-in-progress.
The international film community has embraced SANAD (a word that
connotes support or help in Arabic) as a much-needed boost for
Arab filmmaking and the fund's selection panel was impressed
by the quality and quantity of submissions.127 films from twelve
countries were submitted during SANAD's first
application cycle, with dozens of submissions arriving in the
first couple of weeks alone.
SANAD is an integral part of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival's
commitment to independent, auteur and original filmmaking in
the Arab world. Much more than just a film fund, SANAD is
dedicated to providing year-round support and advice to grant
recipients. The SANADLab works closely with SANAD grantees,
running workshops and panel discussions, and scheduling
meetings with film experts and mentors for them during the
Festival."SANAD grant winners benefit from support that goes well
beyond funding. The Festival provides an international
platform, while the SANADLab helps new talent to make the most
of their potential by providing a range of networking
and training opportunities. It was a great pleasure to see
some of our postproduction projects going on to international
success after being shown in Abu Dhabi. With a further six
SANAD-funded films due to come out in 2011, audiences have a
whole host of new films by Arab filmmakers to look out for
this year," said Marie-Pierre Macia, head of SANAD.
SANAD-funded films to be released in 2011: Death For Sale
(Faouzi Bensaïdi, Morocco/Belgium/France); In My Mother's Arms
(Atia Al-Daradji and Mohamed Al-Daradji, Iraq/UK); In the Last
Days of the City (Tamer El Said, Egypt/UK); Mohammad Saved
From the Waters (Safaa Fathy, Egypt/France), My Brother (Kamal
El Mahouti, Morocco/France) and On the Edge (Leila
"SANAD is the culmination of our efforts to foster the
development of the new cinematic voices coming out of this
region. Both part of Abu Dhabi's bold cultural vision, SANAD
and the Festival actively encourage artistic independence, which
is essential for the progress of the burgeoning local and
regional cultural landscapes," said Eissa Saif Rashed Al
Mazrouei, the Festival's Project Director.
In 2009, prior to the launch of SANAD, the Festival supported
the postproduction of three feature films: Son of Babylon, We Were
Communists and Port of Memory. After its world premiere in Abu
Dhabi, Son of Babylon, by Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji,
won numerous awards at festivals around the world and was
chosen as Iraq's official entry for the Best Foreign Language
Film Oscar®. Following the film's international success,
Al-Daradji returned to Abu Dhabi to pick up Variety's Middle
East Filmmaker of the Year Award at the Festival last October.
We Were Communists, by Maher Abu Samra (Lebanon/France/United
Arab Emirates), won the Festival's award for Best Documentary
by an Arab Director or Related to Arab Culture in 2010.
In November 2010, Kamal Aljafari's Port of
Memory(Palestine/Germany/France/UAE) and We Were Communists were
screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as
part of Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema
from the 1960s to Now, a special program on which the Festival
partnered with MoMa and ArteEast.
To find out more about SANAD, including rules and regulations,
please refer to the Abu Dhabi Film Festival website:
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (formerly the Middle East
International Film Festival) was established in 2007, with the
aim of helping to create a vibrant film culture throughout the
region. The event, presented each October by the Abu
Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) under the
patronage of it's chairman H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al
Nahyan, is committed to curating exceptional programs to
engage and educate the local community, inspire filmmakers
and nurture the growth of the regional film industry.
As the only festival in the region where works by Arab
filmmakers are represented equally in competition with those
by major talents of world cinema, the Festival offers Abu
Dhabi's diverse and enthusiastic audiences a means of engaging
with their own and others' cultures through the art of cinema. At
the same time, a strong focus on the bold new voices of Arab
cinema connects with Abu Dhabi's role as a burgeoning cultural
capital in the region and marks the Festival as a place for
the world to discover and gauge the pulse of recent
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