Sharjah Art Foundation launches a new annual film festival

Sharjah Film Platform will feature over 100 films and a programme of talks and workshops during the end of January

The Sharjah Film Platform runs from January 19-26 at venues across the emirate 
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Sharjah Art Foundation has announced a new annual film festival, featuring over 100 short and full-length films, which will be screened at various venues across the emirate, including Africa Hall, Mirage City Cinema and Al Hamra Cinema.

Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), which runs from January 18-26, will promote work by local, regional and international filmmakers. There will also be an extensive programme of talks and workshops, covering subjects such as screenwriting, critical film theory and film criticism.

On the opening day of SFP, Faisal Salah Al Zaabi, a social media journalist at The National, will lead a discussion, titled 'Film Critics Meet-up', about the challenges of being an emerging filmmaker in the region.


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A jury of film professionals will select winners for the best films in three categories: narrative, documentary and experimental.

Added to this, a new production grant will be launched at SFP. A sum of Dh30,000 will be awarded to emerging filmmakers, who will then be expected produce a short film within the next 12 months. These films will be screened at SFP 2020.

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