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Sharjah Gets its First Film Festival

Introducing the Sharjah Film Platform

With numerable initiatives spearheaded by Sharjah Art Foundation over years, the emirate’s commitment to supporting art and culture in the region is clear. Today, the foundation has expanded its reach even further with the launch of its first ever film festival.

Entitled the Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), the even kicked off for the weekend with one aim: shine light on the region’s emerging talents—a crucial move considering Dubai Film Festival’s sudden cancellation last year.

Running until January 26, SFP will feature an astounding 140 feature length and short films by local, regional, and international filmmakers from over 40 different countries.

Three of Youssef Chahine’s films – Cairo Station, The Land, and Sixth Day—will be among the movies screened to commemorate the late Egyptian director’s death. Of the 140 films, 32 are seeing their premiere.

A jury of regional and international film experts will then select winners for best narrative, documentary and experimental film. The Sharjah Art Foundation will also offer a production grant of $30,000 for two short films.


The Sharjah Film Platform will run from January 18-26

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