Nawaf Al Janahi is an actor and filmmaker who is actively involved in developing the film industry in the UAE.

Al Janahi made his directorial debut with The Circle (2009), a narrative film presenting different perspectives on family and work in contemporary Arab society. Al Janahi's second venture, the coming-of-age story Sea Shadow (2011), was released in cinemas across the Arabian Gulf and, within the first week, claimed the second spot in the box office rankings in the UAE, the biggest cinema market in the Arab world. The film was later screened in 27 other countries.

Al Janahi is the founder and manager of the Emirati Cinema Campaign, Abu Dhabi (2014–present), and Black Box Cinema, Abu Dhabi (2014–present). He was Arab Programme Manager at the Dubai International Film Festival (2007–2009), Competition Manager at the Gulf Film Festival, Dubai (2007–2009) and Artistic Supervisor at the Emirates Film Competition, Abu Dhabi (2005–2007).

He participated in the Global Media Makers Residency, Film Independent, Los Angeles (2018) and received an Emirates Foundation Arts Grant, Abu Dhabi (2007).

He started acting at the age of seven and, at 19, moved to California to study cinema. He was born in 1977 in Abu Dhabi, where he continues to live and work.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Film Platform (December 2019)

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Sharjah Film Platform Talks and Workshops

In parallel with the screening of over 50 films, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) presents a programme of talks on cinema and artists’ moving image—from panel discussions to in-conversation sessions—that address the creative and conceptual aspects of filmmaking and the latest debates in the film and television industry. Workshops on various topics related to cinema, from acting improvisation to film criticism, will also be offered.