Film Programme

Reflecting the growing importance of film in the Foundation's work, the SAF Film Programme offers regular screenings in Mirage City Cinema, Sharjah's only dedicated outdoor cinema, a Film Club, educational programmes for film enthusiasts, as well as support for filmic work by visual artists.

Sharjah Film Platform

Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual film festival, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), returns for its second edition from 14 to 21 December 2019. This year’s festival features over 50 local, regional and international films, a public programme of talks and workshops, the Pitching Forum and juried awards for the best narrative, documentary and experimental films.

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Film Screenings and Events

UAE audiences can enjoy a wide range of films and film genres featured in the regularly scheduled screenings that take place in SAF's Mirage City Cinema.

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Productions and Partnerships

Since Sharjah Biennial 6 in 2003, Sharjah Art Foundation has supported the production of film and video work by visual artists and filmmakers.

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Film Club

Dedicated to film and filmmaking, the SAF Film Club is designed for filmmakers and offers opportunities to get involved in the local film community.

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Artist and Professional Programmes

Sharjah Art Foundation is committed to support the work of artists and art practitioners through its Artist and Professional Programmes that include the Production Programme Grants, Residencies, professional training programmes, studio space and internship opportunities.

SAF Studios

Sharjah Art Foundation invites UAE-based artists to apply for studio space in Sharjah Arts Square and Al Hamriyah.

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Production Programme

The Production Programme broadens the possibilities for the production of art in the MENASA region.

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Residency Programme

The Sharjah Art Foundation Residency Programme offers artists and art practitioners a place of rest, reflection and exploration of the Emirates and the region at large.

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March Project

March Project is an educational residency programme for young artists that provides opportunities to research, realise and present site-specific works.

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Community Programmes

Sharjah Art Foundation works together with the local community on a growing range of initiatives that include the Urban Garden and Vantage Point Sharjah.


This project reflects, celebrates and documents the narratives of the area surrounding SAF.

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Workshops and Events

SAF offers engaging community workshops and activities that emphasise public participation, urban research and sustainability.

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Group Visits

SAF welcomes groups and visitors for self-guided and organised tours and activities.

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SAF Urban Garden

Designed as a collective space, the garden is a social, learning and creative site for local communities.

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Vantage Point Sharjah

An Open Call exhibition, participants are invited to capture Sharjah’s everyday life and culture through photography.

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Music and Performance Programme

Sharjah Art Foundation’s Music and Performance Programme offers concerts, performances, educational opportunities and support for music and performance projects. The programme is the continuation of nearly a decade of the foundation’s work with a wide range of artists including composers, musicians, choreographers and stage directors.

Concerts and Performances

Sharjah Art Foundation organises concerts and performances by a wide range of artists. Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for both new talent and established artists to perform and connect.

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Residencies and Productions

Since 2009, Sharjah Art Foundation has supported artists on a number of music and performance projects through production support and grants, residencies at the foundation and Sharjah Biennial commissions.

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Workshops and Events

The foundation offers educational and community engagement opportunities including workshops, courses, listening sessions and other events for artists and visitors to exchange and for community members to cultivate an interest in music and performance.

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Web radio

Web Radio: Rawdat Al Balabel

In collaboration with AMAR Foundation (Arab Music Archiving and Research), Sharjah Art Foundation presents Rawdat al-Balabel: a series of podcasts about classical Arabic music.

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