Sharjah Art Foundation announces new film festival

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With Sharjah Art Foundation recognising the growing importance of movies in recent years, it’s now launching a brand-new annual festival, and it’s an event no film fan should miss.

Named Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), the programme will not only show more than 140 feature length movies and shorts from over 40 different countries, but will also feature talks and workshops from experts in the industry.

The first edition of SFP will kick off on Friday January 18 and run until Saturday January 26, taking place at four venues in Sharjah including Mirage City Cinema, Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts, Al Hamra Cinema and Africa Hall.

The event will see movies from three different categories, including documentary, narrative and experimental, with a number of movies premiering at the festival.

Among these releases will be two films by the SFP Short Film Production Grant winners, which will be screened on the opening night on Thursday.

As for the talks, expect Emirati filmmakers and practitioners along with regional and international speakers to offer interesting talks on post-colonialism, nation-building, representation and new technologies as well as intersections between film and contemporary art.

That’s not all, as the public programme will also provide useful discussions and workshops on aspects of film production such as distribution, funding and even legal matters in the industry.

You’ll leave this festival being an expert on all things movies.

Films will be screened at either 3pm, 6pm or 9pm in one of the four venues, and some films will be shown twice during the week at a different time just in case you couldn’t catch it the first time round.

Tickets to the film screenings are now on sale on Ticketmaster

All talks and workshops are free and open to the public. Visit to learn more.

Sharjah Art Foundation has been supporting artists working in film since 2003, through commissions and production grants, giving aspiring artists the chance to learn and showcase their work.

With an increasing focus on film in recent years, the foundation also established the outdoor Mirage City Cinema, originally conceived and designed by filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and architect Ole Scheeren.

Tickets for the festival are priced at just Dhs15, while those who come in groups of ten or more will only have to pay Dhs8 per ticket. People of determination can get in for free.

Pick a flick and get your movie fix.
Dhs15 per ticket (adults), Dhs8 per ticket (purchase ten tickets or more), free (people of determination). Various locations including Mirage City Cinema; Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts; Al Hamra Cinema; Africa Hall, (06 544 4113).

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