VARIETY eSHOW DAILY: Sanad Fund Opens Doors to Non-Arab Filmmakers
Sanad, which plays an important role in fostering filmmaking in the region, is steadily stepping up efforts to help Arab directors and producers get their pics made, even though its budget remains unvaried at $500,000 total per year. The fund awards development grants worth up to $20,000 and post-production grants up to $60,000.
“We had to ask ourselves: what defines an Arab film?,” said the fest’s director of programing, Teresa Cavina. The first step was to support works by directors of Arab descent but living abroad, who no longer have an Arab passport. “Now we’ve taken it a step further: if there is a documentary of a film that tackles very important questions for the Arab world, we will support it even if the director has no Arab ties,” she added.
Cavina cites Danish director Janus Metz’s docu “Armadillo,” about the Danish military during the war in Afghanistan, as an example of what would qualify.