Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual film festival, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), will return for its second edition from 14 to 21 December 2019. This iteration features over 50 short and feature films in the narrative, documentary and experimental categories. The films have been made by filmmakers from across the region and around the world who responded to an international open call. Included in the programme are the three new productions supported by SFP’s Short Film Production Grant.
Grant winner Julian Alexander’s film Layla, At Last (2019) follows protagonist Layla on her journey of identity, discovery and re-connection with her Moroccan heritage. Emerson Reyes’ film, Children of the Lake (2019), depicts two innocent children getting accidentally caught up in a deadly conflict. Faisal Attrache’s From the Mountain (2019) explores a 1922 Syrian farmer’s dilemma about whether to fight for a better nation or ensure the protection of his family. All three films will premiere on the opening night of the festival.
All SFP films will be screened at the foundation’s open-air Mirage City Cinema in Al Mureijah Art Spaces or at Al Hamra Cinema. Mirage City Cinema was designed by filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and architect Ole Scheeren as a commission for Sharjah Biennial 11. A primary venue for film screenings at Sharjah Art Foundation, Mirage City Cinema is a public space that furthers the foundation’s mission of making art inclusive and accessible to all. Al Hamra Cinema is an iconic Sharjah institution and dates back to the 1970s. Audiences can enjoy a number of film screenings in this theatre, which is one of the oldest cinemas in the city of Sharjah.
This edition of SFP also includes a number of talks, panel discussions and workshops. The public programme of talks will bring together filmmakers, artists, industry professionals and audiences to explore different approaches to filmmaking and current issues in the film industry. Aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts can take part in a range of workshops that cover different aspects of filmmaking, including screenwriting and production.
At the end of the festival, an international jury will announce the winners of the best narrative, documentary and experimental film awards. The winning filmmakers will receive a monetary prize to support the production of future projects.
The talks will take place on Saturday, December 14, and Friday, December 20, with the participating speakers and moderators listed below:
For more information, visit sharjahart.org.