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Abu Dhabi Film Festival Calls for SANAD Fund Submissions
First Deadline March 31st; Second Intake 1st
Abu Dhabi, UAE - 21 March 2013: The Abu Dhabi
Film Festival has announced the call for applications for the
Festival's SANAD grant which aims to support filmmakers from the
Arab world. The deadline for receiving applications is the 31st
March with a second intake of applications beginning on the 1st
The SANAD fund supports projects in the development or
post-production phases across Arabic narrative and documentary
feature-length films. Each year, SANAD awards a total of US$500,000
in grants to Arab filmmakers in two categories: development funds
of up to US$20,000 and post-production funds of up to US$60,000 per
SANAD is a key element of the Film Festival. Presented by the
Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi, the Festival contributes to the
efforts to establish the Emirate as a regional creative hub through
its focus on high quality, Arab cinema.
"The SANAD fund supports established and aspiring Arab
filmmakers and helps them gain access to Arab and International
festival audiences," commented Ali Al Jabri, Festival Director. "In
the past three years SANAD has received applications from more than
450 projects and has supported dozens of successful films, most of
them being screened and winning numerous awards at the biggest
festivals around the world.
Films supported by SANAD have featured in festivals like Cannes,
Venice, Toronto as well as other major festivals around the world,
highlighting the success of the Fund and its ability to support
high quality films. The most recent examples of this are, 'A
World Not Ours', 'Coming Forth By Day' and 'When I Saw
You', all of which made it into the 63rd Berlin International
Film Festival (Berlinale) in February. All three of these films won
major awards at the 2012 edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and
were the only Arab feature length films shown at Berlinale
SANAD grants may be awarded to producers and directors who are
citizens of one of the following Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain,
Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon,
Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Projects must be associated with a company producing in at least
one of the listed countries.
Projects can be submitted for the first application cycle via
the ADFF website: www.adff.ae/sanadfund.
For questions regarding entries email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +971 2
This year's Abu Dhabi Film Festival is the 7th edition and takes
place from 24th October to 2nd November.
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