The Abu Dhabi Film Festival has unveiled the first round of recipients of the new Sanad film fund.
A total of $500,000 in grants for development and post-production is being provided to 28 feature-length narratives and documentaries by both new and established film-makers from the Arab world.
Sanad was established in April and offers development funds up to $20,000 and post-production funds up to $60,000 per project.
“We are privileged to be the first-hand witnesses of such an exciting trend and we want to transmit this passion to audiences in Abu Dhabi and beyond,” Sanad head Marie-Pierre Macia said.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival executive director Peter Scarlet added, “I am not sure there has been a comparable trend towards artistic independence here since the late 1960s. These film-makers are breaking the mould and developing a new cinematic vocabulary that is unique to the Arab region. It is our mission to provide these inspired artistic experiments with the support they need.”
The second cycle of Sanad grants will be announced in February 2011.
Sanad post-production projects - narrative
Death For Sale by Faouzi Bensaidi
In The Last Days Of The Cityby Tamer El Said (Egypt-UK)
Ok, Enough, Goodbyeby Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia
Quarantineby Oday Rasheed
Here Comes The Rain by Bahij Hojeij
My Brotherby Kamal El Mahouti
On The Plankby Leila Kilani
Sun Dressby Saeed Salmeen
(United Arab Emirates-Syria)
Post-production projects - documentary
In My Mother’s Arms by Atia and Mohamed Al-Daradji
Mohammad Saved From The Watersby Safaa Fathy
Development projects - narrative
Aziza Doesn’t Know What She Says by Nadia El Fani
Dead Seaby Ihab Jadallah
Zanka Contact by Ismael El Maoula El Iraki
Playground Stories by Brahim Fritah
Train Station by Mohamed Al-Daradji
Chronicles Of My Village by Karim Bachir Traidia
Ibn Battutaby Tariq Teguia
May In The Summer by Cherien Dabis
The Strokeby Hala Lotfy
Via Dolorosaby Sobhi Al-Zobaidi
When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir
Wish The Light Has An Eye To See by Mohamad Malas
Foreign Bodyby Raja Amari
Development projects - documentary
Lebanese Rocket Society by Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
My Jinnby Dalia Al Kury
In Search Of Oil And Sand by Philippe Laurent Dib
As If We Were Catching A Cobra by Hala Alabdalla
Seductionby Omar Amiralay