Featuring more than 50 films from around the world, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) returns for its fourth edition from 19 to 27 November 2021. This annual programme supports film production and distribution in the United Arab Emirates and beyond through film screenings, the Short Film Production Grant and the Industry Hub and provides a critical platform for both established and aspiring filmmakers.

In parallel with the film screenings, Sharjah Film Platform will present a public programme of talks, masterclasses and workshops on both conceptual and practical topics, offering opportunities to examine pertinent and pressing issues within the film industry and contemporary film and moving image practice. Featuring Emirati filmmakers and practitioners along with regional and international speakers, sessions will touch on a number of themes, including perspectives on observational documentary filmmaking, the art of the film score, representation in Arab film and moving image, women in contemporary Turkish cinema, marginalised voices in film and archives as repository and resource. The latest debates about diversity and inclusivity in the film industry will be addressed as well. A programme of workshops for children and families aims to teach children about the various aspects of filmmaking, such as screenwriting, storyboarding, lighting, filming and production.

This year’s talk programme will be held in a hybrid format with online and on-site sessions at Sharjah Film Platform. For more information regarding the talks programme, please refer to the sections below.

Akosua Adoma Owusu (Filmmaker)
Kıvılcım Akay (Filmmaker)
Mohamed Al-Daradji (Filmmaker)
Basma Al Sharif (Filmmaker)
Abdulla Al Kaabi (Filmmaker)
Elissa Ayoub (Academic)
Şirin Bahar Demirel (Filmmaker)
Alma Chaouachi (Art historian)
Azra Deniz Okyay (Filmmaker)
Talal Derki (Filmmaker)
Jihan El-Tahri (Filmmaker)
Pelin Esmer (Filmmaker)
Ahmad Ghossein (Filmmaker)
Mathilde Henrot (Film professional)
Melanie Hoyes (Film professional)
Thomas Imbach (Filmmaker)
Bani Khoshnoudi (Artist and filmmaker)
Kim Longinotto (Filmmaker)
James Longley (Filmmaker)
Hana Makki (Film professional)
William Mullally (Editor and film critic)
Silvia Naef (Academic)
Hanna Polak (Filmmaker)
A.R. Rahman (Composer)
Philip Rizk (Filmmaker and writer)
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Film professional)
Surabhi Sharma (Academic)
Kazuhiro Soda (Filmmaker)
Mila Turajlic (Filmmaker and archive scholar)
Muge Turan (Film curator)
Cagla Zencirci (Filmmaker)

Talks Venue

Mirage City Cinema, Al Mureijah Square and online

Talks Programme and Online Access

To download the Sharjah Film Platform talks programme in English, click here.

To download the Sharjah Film Platform talks programme in Arabic, click here.

To watch the online sessions, please click here.

Registration for On-site Talks

All Sharjah Film Platform Talks are free and open to the public.
To register for the on-site sessions, please click here.

To register for the Sharjah Film Platform workshops, please select a specific workshop page below and register through that page.

COVID-19 safety measures

Please note that in line with government health and safety guidelines, visitors are required to wear masks during visits to Sharjah Art Foundation’s spaces and keep a safe distance from others at all times. Audience capacity at the on-site venue will be limited to ensure adherence to social distancing rules and seating will be arranged accordingly.

Industry Partner

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Cultural Partner

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Learning Partner


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