The “Film Professional” project includes four main initiatives: the script lab, the pre-production strategy cycle, the participatory forum, and the virtual film distribution market. These initiatives support and nurture cinematic talents through professional workshops that focus on the different stages of filmmaking.
In this context, Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Art Foundation, said: “We are pleased to launch the“ Professional Cinema ”in partnership with“ Shams ”, including the distinct and comprehensive cinematic initiatives involved in this project. Sheikha Hour added:“ We have always made the Sharjah Film Platform an annual festival that brings together Filmmakers and their fans from the UAE and all over the world, and provides support to them in all possible ways, whether by granting production, or by providing expertise and knowledge that enables them to develop their artistic work.
His Excellency Dr. Khaled Omar Al-Midfa, President of Sharjah Media City, said: “Shams offers a variety of opportunities for filmmakers to work on the creative projects they prefer. Since its inception, it has encouraged all kinds of talents, has embraced arts and culture, and provided the necessary resources to help talented individuals get off the ground. Their creative journey, in fact, we feel proud to be part of this program, and to give participants an opportunity to be part of the film industry. ”
While Sheikha Noura Al Mualla, Director of Education and Research at the Foundation, stressed the importance of these initiatives in terms of knowledge and education, and said: “We hope, through the Cinematography Professional Project, to provide filmmakers with different artistic practices and diversity, with additional resources that contribute to encouraging and supporting them at the individual level and stimulating Industry in general, where the professional provides guidance and advice on many issues related to the seventh art such as production mechanisms, script writing and film distribution.
The workshops held in these initiatives take place before the launch of the “Sharjah Film Platform 3” and continue after the “Scenario Lab” offers a comprehensive course in script writing that takes place online over a period of three weeks from October 25 to November 15 2020, and is available to all participants Nationalities, who have a draft script for a feature film in English or Arabic, and want to develop it in a supportive and inspiring environment, by providing intensive training to help them transfer their texts to another level, and focusing on improving the narration and developing characters, and then arriving at a polished scenario. Financed or Ready for Production.
The “Preproduction Strategies” course, which takes place between November 14 and 21, 2020, provides an overview of converting projects into completed films, how to present and sell ideas, divide any scenario into a filming schedule for scenes and shots, determine the film budget and manage it, select a suitable location for filming, and choose Actors and crew, and learning about the mechanisms of working with directors, and other important aspects related to the production process.
While the “participatory forum” seeks to support emerging filmmakers by connecting them with those with expertise to exchange ideas and discuss their projects in a way that enriches their artistic practice. No later than 25 October 2020.
The “Virtual Film Distribution Market” provides an opportunity for platform participants to distribute their films on a large scale by directly communicating with filmmakers, sales agents, distributors, movie theater representatives, and film festival programmers, to discuss agreements and potential companies to buy and sell movie rights.
The Foundation is launching the “Film Professional” project with the support of its partner in the film industry, Sharjah Media City, “Shams”, the two educational partners of the New York Film Academy and the Gray Matter Film Production Company.