Featuring over 50 films from around the world, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) returns for its second edition from 14 to 21 December 2019. Films will be screened at Mirage City Cinema, the foundation’s outdoor cinema space, and Al Hamra Cinema, one of Sharjah’s oldest movie theatres.
This year’s festival presents short and feature-length narrative, documentary and experimental films that were selected through the SFP open call. The three short films awarded the foundation’s Short Film Production Grant will premiere on opening night. In addition to the films, the eight-day festival includes a public programme of talks and discussions that will bring together filmmakers, artists and audiences for a range of sessions on current issues in filmmaking and the film industry. Audiences can also participate in film critique and improvisation workshops designed for both aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts.
This year’s programme features the inaugural Pitching Forum, which will serve as a platform for filmmakers to meet industry professionals, present new projects, receive valuable feedback and find potential collaborators for future productions. The Pitching Forum this year will be a closed, invitation-only event.
At the end of the festival, an international jury will announce the winners of the best narrative, documentary and experimental film awards. The winning filmmakers will receive a monetary prize to support the production of future projects.
The public programme of talks and workshops is free to attend and open to all.
- Al Hamra Cinema
- Mirage City Cinema
Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the foundation’s Information Centre, Al Mureijah Art Spaces, throughout the festival period, 9:00 am–9:00 pm, Saturday to Thursday, and 4:00 pm–12:00 am on Friday. Visitors can buy tickets at Al Hamra Cinema box office one hour prior to the screenings.
General admission: 20 AED
Student admission: 15 AED
All-access ticket: 100 AED
For more information about ticketing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +971 (0) 65444113.
In the Time of Revolution focuses on a fight against political corruption during the 2019 protests in Beirut.
Based on a true story, Hajja depicts Algerian shopkeeper Hakim’s search for his missing 73-year-old mother. This film was awarded the Sharjah Film Platform Short Film Production Grant for 2020.
Inspired by the legendary hero Gilgamesh, She Who Saw the Deep reflects on the ancient pursuit of immortality and explores the power of art, landscape and social organisation to transcend the limitations of circumstance.