Returning for a second year in an expanded format, the Pitching Forum is offering one Emirati scriptwriter an opportunity to win 100,000 AED to turn his/her script into a feature film. Shortlisted from a wider pool of applicants, 10 finalists who have completed a feature-length script in the Arabic language will receive professional coaching in how to pitch a film script and then pitch their script to a panel of local industry judges. The online coaching sessions for the finalists will take place on Friday, 13 November, and Saturday, 14 November, over Zoom, and the live one-time pitching event will be held on Friday, 20 November 2020. Production of the selected film should take place in Sharjah in 2021. The Pitching Forum is supported by this year’s industry partner, Sharjah Media City (SHAMS) and learning partners, New York Film Academy and Grey Matter.
This year's Pitching Forum judges are: Youssef Abou Bakr, Head of Creative Development, Art Format Lab; Nawaf Al Janahi, director and scriptwriter; Manal Ali Bin Amro, director and scriptwriter; Hana Alshateri, director and producer; and Fagr Kassim Ali, Director, Media Sector Development, Sharjah Media City (Shams).
Application & Eligibility Criteria
If you wish to apply for this initiative, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• You must be an Emirati citizen with a completed feature-length script in the Arabic language that is ready to go into production.
• You must have a minimum of one director’s credit, which you can demonstrate by sharing a web link or movie file of a past film you have directed. Credits from both short and feature films are acceptable. Alternatively, if you do not have any directing experience you must have a director with at least one film on their resume who is attached to your submitted script.
• You must be available to participate in the online pitching coaching workshop during the first weekend of Sharjah Film Platform and attend (in person) the live pitching event at Sharjah Art Foundation on Friday, 20 November 2020.
• You must be available to go into production in Sharjah in 2021, and, with support from Sharjah Art Foundation and our industry partner Sharjah Media City (Shams), you must complete your feature film in the same year.
Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual film festival, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), returns for its third edition from 14 to 21 November 2020. In addition to presenting a rich programme of film screenings, workshops and talks, and in keeping with its commitment to supporting and nurturing filmmaking talent regionally and internationally, Sharjah Film Platform is introducing the Industry Hub with four main initiatives: the Script Lab, the Pre-production Strategies Course, the Virtual Film Distribution Market and the Pitching Forum.
The third edition of Sharjah Art Foundation’s film festival, Sharjah Film Platform 3 (SFP3), features over 60 short and feature-length films, a public programme of talks and workshops, the SFP Industry Hub and awards. SFP3 takes place across cinemas in Sharjah and online.