Sharjah Art Foundation announced the winners of the Short Film Production Grant, an annual initiative of the Sharjah Film Platform (SFP). Filmmakers Julian Alexander (USA) and Emerson Reyes (Philippines) will receive between them a total of 30,000 USD to support the creation of original short films, which will be screened at the second edition of SFP in December 2019.
The Short Film Production Grant is a component of the Sharjah Film Platform (SFP)—was launched in 2018 as a resource to support filmmaking in the United Arab Emirates and the surrounding region. SFP supports three core components: the curated film programme, whose upcoming edition is set to run 11 to 21 December 2019; a public programme featuring workshops and discussion; and the premieres of the Short Film Production Grant recipients’ films. Together, the three-pronged SFP platform continues the foundation’s longstanding commitment to film programming, commissions and productions, and to the support of emerging and established filmmakers, film producers, critics and students
The awardees were selected from a pool of 350 applicants from over 65 countries who answered Sharjah Art Foundation’s open call for submissions.
Both awardees have previously presented video work at Sharjah Art Foundation. Julian Alexander’s film Léo was presented in the inaugural edition of SFP, and Emerson Reyes’ work Farewell to the Skin and the Dead Skin It Lived with was featured in Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013) as part of a film programme curated by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and programmed by Khavn De La Cruz.