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SANAD: Funding opportunity for filmmakers from the Arab world

SANAD, the Development and Post-Production Fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), provides talented filmmakers from the Arab world with support from within the region for the development or completion of narrative and documentary feature-length films.

This fund seeks out bold and remarkable projects from both new and established filmmakers with the aim of encouraging intercultural dialogue and artistic innovation while building stronger networks within the region’s film industry.

SANAD also offers year-round support and publicity for selected projects to help connect filmmakers to potential partners, funding opportunities, and audiences.

Each October, ADFF is committed to showing a large number of the projects supported by SANAD. Supported films may be selected for the Festival’s Narrative, Documentary or New Horizons/Afaq Jadida competitions, or for other non-competitive categories.


Two open calls for applications are launched yearly. The next deadline for submitting an application is June 26, 2012.


For more information, please visit the Abu Dhabi Film Festival website.

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