Sharjah Art Foundation invites filmmakers to apply for the Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) Short Film Production Grant. Applicants should submit a grant application and a three-minute video that presents an overview of the genre, themes, structure, plot, setting and characters for their original short film. A total of $30,000 will be awarded, and the films must be completed in time to screen at SFP 2020.

Sharjah Film Platform is an annual film initiative organised by the Sharjah Art Foundation in support of the burgeoning art scene in the UAE and surrounding region and provides a critical platform for emerging and established filmmakers, producers, critics and students. SFP includes a curated film programme and award, a public programme of talks and workshops as well as the presentation of the short film from the Short Film Production Grant. SFP screenings will be presented at Mirage City Cinema, Al Mureijah Square in the heritage area of Sharjah and in Al Hamra Cinema, located on Al Arouba Street, Al Mujarrah.

To apply, please complete the application form here, attach your three-minute video (Vimeo / YouTube links) in the appropriate space in the application form. For the purpose of this award, a short film is defined as an original film with a running time of 50 minutes or less, including all credits.

The artistic approach, format and content for the three-minute video are open. Applicants will be assessed on the creativity and technical skill they demonstrate in their video.

The application deadline is 15 March, 2019 and the completed films will be screened at Sharjah Film Platform, January 2020.

Application Form

Application is now closed.