In addition to Sharjah Art Foundation’s on-going open calls Vantage Point Sharjah 8 and Sharjah Film Platform, which support emerging and established artists working in contemporary art, below is a compiled list of reputable local, regional and international open calls, opportunities and residences for artists and art practitioners. Part of the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the community, this list is a reference tool that will be updated on a regular basis and includes grants, exhibitions and educational opportunities.

Opportunities for artists, curators, musicians, filmmakers, writers and academics

Open Call for Making Marks: Connect Me Digital Residency
Deadline: 5 July 2020
The Arab British Centre

The Arab British Centre, in partnership with the British Council, is pleased to announce a new digital opportunity for artists of any creative discipline (aged 18–30) who are based either in the GCC (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates) or the United Kingdom. The Connect ME programme will pair an artist based in the United Kingdom with an artist based in the GCC to create new, collaborative work that considers how digital tools can encourage connectivity across borders.

Call for applications: World Cinema Fund
Deadline: 6 July 2020
Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale)

Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German producers, the World Cinema Fund works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The World Cinema Fund supports films that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots. The World Cinema Fund supports exclusively the production and distribution of feature films and feature-length documentaries. The support is focused on the following regions and countries: Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.

Open Call for Creatives
Deadline: 7 July 2020
Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development
United Arab Emirates

Creatives are invited to develop a conceptual book cover design inspired by the Arabic language, Islamic art and their rich history. The design will be used for the Arabic language status report as well as on various platforms. The design could use a conceptual and abstractive concept that explores different design elements, such as digital art, photography, collage, illustration and typography. Prize: 20,000 AED.

Open Call for Entries: Art in Isolation: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19
Deadline: 12 July 2020
Middle East Institute
Washington, DC

Through an international open call, the Middle East Institute’s (MEI) Arts & Culture Center invites emerging, mid-career and established artists from the MENAT region (i.e. Middle East, North Africa and Turkey) and its diaspora to submit artwork for the forthcoming exhibition Art in Isolation: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19. The exhibition will be featured at the MEI Art Gallery in Washington, DC, from 23 September 2020 to 13 January 2021.

Submissions now open: 26th European Film Festival Short Film Competition
Deadline: 13 July 2020
Metropolis Cinema Association

The 26th European Film Festival in Lebanon is organised by the European Union Delegation in Lebanon in partnership with the Member States of the European Union and the Metropolis Association. Throughout its previous editions, the European Film Festival has been keen on supporting the talents of young audio-visual and cinema students in Lebanon. The upcoming 26th edition of the festival will open the participation in the Short Film Competition not only to university students but also to all up-and-coming directors with short films produced in Lebanon in the last two years. An international jury will oversee this competition to award four winners the opportunity to attend an international film festival or an international co-production platform.

The National Creative Relief Programme for Creatives Affected by COVID-19 (Phase Two)
Deadline: 14 July 2020
Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development (MCKD)
United Arab Emirates

Launched by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the National Creative Relief Programme offers grants to freelancers and small businesses in the creative field that have been affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic. Now in its second phase, the programme is providing financial grants of AED 15,000 to AED 75,000 to both individuals and small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. The programme has also added a second category for businesses with 10 to 20 employees.

Homebound Residency Program
Deadline: 18 July 2020
Abu Dhabi

The Homebound Residence Program aims to support creative practitioners in the region in producing new work and exploring digital forms of community engagement in their practices while socially isolating. The programme will offer residents a production budget of up to 30,000 AED that will go into the equipment and materials for the realisation of projects in their own spaces.

Open Call: Abwab Architectural Pavilion
Deadline: 20 July 2020
Dubai Design Week

For five consecutive years, Abwab has acted as a united platform for design talent from the UAE and wider region, inviting visitors into the creative landscapes of neighbouring communities. This year, Abwab will once again present an innovative concept demonstrating contemporary regional design and architectural talent. Dubai Design Week opens the door for creatives from the region (MENA and GCC) to submit proposals for an architectural or design pavilion to be constructed at the centre of Dubai Design District (d3).

Open Call: Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA)
Deadline: 30 July 2020
A. M. Qattan Foundation
Ramallah, Palestine

In launching the project Divination: the art of remembering the future, the A. M. Qattan Foundation calls on artists and thinkers as well as jury members and curators, particularly those who have participated in past editions of the Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA), to share their visions of a future that effectively subverts the present conditions of human deprivation to which many worldwide are being subjected within current local, regional and global political and social leanings.

Open Call: Does the Blue Sky Lie? Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities
Deadline: 31 July 2020
Khoj International Artists Association
New Delhi

This open call marks the first phase of ‘Does a Blue Sky Lie? Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities’, a three-year project partially supported by the Prince Claus Fund that Khoj is undertaking to explore the troubled ecology of Delhi’s air. Khoj invites proposals for art projects that investigate how we think about air and toxicity—air composition, movement, scales of impact and social implications and connections. Submissions can be in any medium that translates well to a digital presentation.

Call for Applications: Cinema Grant
Deadline: 1 August 2020
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

The Cinema grant is open to all kinds of fiction film projects, including short, medium and feature narratives; animation; and experimental film projects that are in development/scripting, production or post-production phases. AFAC is open to receiving project applications from Arab directors and producers living in the Arab region or in the diaspora. A non-Arab producer can apply for a grant provided that the film director is Arab. It is highly recommended that film projects submitted for the production and post-production grants have producers attached to them.

Call for Applications: Music Grant
Deadline: 1 August 2020
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

The Music grant supports production, performances, collaborations, album recordings and festivals. AFAC is open to receiving project applications from all Arab individuals working in arts and culture.

Call for Applications: Training and Regional Events Grant
Deadline: 1 August 2020
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

The Training and Regional Events grant supports training and workshops in the different cultural and artistic fields as well as residencies, symposiums, forums and festivals (multidisciplinary, music, film, performing arts, visual arts, literature, etc). The AFAC grant covers project-related expenses (including artist fees). In the case of institutions, a small percentage of the grant (not exceeding 15%) can be allocated for certain running costs. AFAC and the jury reserve the right to determine whether proposed running cost items are relevant or not.

Call for Applications: Research on the Arts Programme
Deadline: 1 August 2020
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) are pleased to announce the second cycle of their joint Research on the Arts Programme (RAP). The AFAC-ACSS research grants are a funding opportunity that aims to support research on all art practices across disciplinary boundaries and methodological approaches on key themes of concern to, and in, the Arab region.

Submissions Open for 42nd Cairo International Film Festival
Deadline: 31 August 2020
Cairo International Film Festival

The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is now accepting submissions for its 42nd edition, scheduled to be held from 19 to 28 November 2020.

Call for applications: Production Awards Program
Deadline: October 2020

The program supports artists and writers from the Arab region, below the age of 35, by offering grants to enable them to produce their first creative projects. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for projects in literature, music, performing arts and visual arts and of up to $15,000 for projects in cinema and video. The program helps give young people the opportunity to create original works and develop new forms of artistic expression.

Call for applications: artist grants
Deadline: 1 October

Mophradat is an international nonprofit contemporary arts association that creates opportunities for thinking, producing, and sharing among contemporary artists from the Arab World and their peers everywhere. The Grants for Artists support artists (individuals, collaborations, or collectives) to develop their practice. These grants support artists (individuals, collaborations, or collectives) to develop their practice. Among other activities, the grants can be used to pursue threads of research, stage an event, make new work, publish, travel, take part in a residency or workshop, or present an exhibition or performance. The grants can cover part or all of the proposed activity or project. Approximately fifteen grants are awarded each calendar year, with an average value of US$5,000. Results are communicated within four weeks of the deadline to apply. Grant recipients are selected by an external advisory committee. The advisors’ names are published after grant recipients are announced.

Call for applications: documentary fund for African filmmakers
Deadline: 1 October 2020
Hot Docs

The fund provides development grants of up to 10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD to four to ten projects annually. Each year, up to five funded projects are invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program, which includes private filmmaker labs at Hot Docs and the Durban FilmMart/Durban International Film Festival or other festivals and markets in Africa. The Fund also collaborates with The New York Times—Op-Docs to commission shorts from African filmmakers to showcased on The Times’s Emmy® Award–winning online forum.