Sharjah Film Platform-3 launched


With more than 60 films and many programs and initiatives
* The opening night will witness the world premiere of a movie “In the Time of the Revolution” directed by Soha Choucair, one of the three films that won the platform to produce short films for 2020.
* The platform seeks in this year’s session to provide an integrated educational program that includes practical workshops held in the Flying Saucer building and the holdings building in the institution, and supervised by experts with long experience in the film industry

Sharjah: The third edition of the Sharjah Film Platform, the annual film festival organized by the Sharjah Art Foundation, will start on Saturday, November 14th, with cinematic screenings from all over the world, a comprehensive program of dialogue sessions and workshops, in addition to the “Film Professional” initiative. Which comes in cooperation with Sharjah Media City (Shams), and provides opportunities for filmmakers to develop their current and future projects.
The opening night will witness the world premiere of “In the Time of the Revolution” directed by Soha Choucair, and it is one of the three films that won the platform for the production of short films for the year 2020, and the other two winners: Nadera Amrani and the duo Belin Tan and Anton Feducle will present their presentations for their films that are still underway Production. This will be followed by the screening of the film “The epicenter of the earthquake” directed by Hubert Sauber, which is presented for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa, and explores post-colonial Cuba and how the myths about it were forged through a century of foreign intervention.
The platform’s offerings include more than 60 short and long films in fictional, documentary and experimental categories, presenting a wide range of cinematic productions that approach a number of human subjects, raising questions about individual and collective identity and the meaning of the homeland, feminist issues, and the lives of indigenous people in several parts of the world, and the effects The psychological, social, and economic consequences of the wars on modern man, in addition to films that present different cinematic experiences that favor experimentation.
Film screenings are held in several locations in the Emirate of Sharjah: the “Mirage City” cinema in Al-Marija Square, the “Flying Saucer” building in the Dasman area, and the City IMAX cinema in the “Zero 6” mall near the University City. The audience can also watch all the films on Internet via the festival’s virtual»The day after screening in cinemas.
In addition to the film screenings, the platform also provides a program for dialogue sessions led by and in which a group of filmmakers participate, discussing issues of the film industry such as the importance of copyright in the production and distribution of films, the benefits of legal frameworks that help producers find funding for their projects and protect the rights of actors and crews, and the challenges they face. Feature film production, including equipment management, procurement, and financing, in addition to the role of digital display platforms and technologies in the current film distribution scene, and how these tools affect the means of making films available to the public. A group of prominent female filmmakers also present their experiences in a creative field dominated by men and the role of women. And their status and position in cinema and ways to reduce inequalities within and outside this sphere.
The platform seeks, in this year’s session, to provide an integrated educational program that includes practical workshops held in the Flying Saucer building and the holdings building in the institution, and supervised by experts with long experience in the film industry. Designed for participants between the ages of 6 and 15 and their families, the program aims to teach children artistic skills in order to enhance their creative expression, and runs from November 14 to December 15, 2020, and includes workshops focusing on different aspects of filmmaking such as Script writing, sound and color in film.
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, which works to support and nurture cinematic talents through professional workshops that focus on the stages of filmmaking. The “Script Lab” is a comprehensive course in script writing that takes place online over a period of three weeks from October 25 to November 15, 2020, and provides participants with intensive training to help them transfer their texts from paper to the screen. As for the “Pre-production Strategies” course »Which takes place between 14 and 21 November 2020, providing an overview of converting projects into completed films, and how ideas are presented and sold, while the“ Participatory Forum ”seeks to support emerging filmmakers by providing an opportunity for an Emirati writer to win an amount of 100,000 dirhams allocated For the production of a feature film, the “Virtual Film Distribution Market” initiative provides for the sale and distribution of films participating in the platform.
The Foundation is launching the third edition of the Sharjah Film Platform, with the support of its partner in the film industry, Sharjah Media City (Shams), the two educational partners, New York Film Academy and Gray Matter Film Production Company, the distribution market partner of MENA, the screening site partner, City IMAX Cinemas, and the media partner of Sharjah Authority. For radio and television, the educational partner of the children’s workshop “Light Camera Learn”, the cultural partners of the Goethe-Institut, the French Institute in the United Arab Emirates, and the Swiss Embassy to the UAE and Bahrain.

About Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation attracts a wide spectrum of contemporary arts and cultural programs, to activate the artistic mobility in the local community in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, and the region. It seeks to stimulate creative energies, produce different visual arts that are obsessed with research, experimentation and exclusivity, and to open the doors for dialogue with all cultural and civilizational identities, in a way that reflects the richness of the local environment and its cultural pluralism. The Sharjah Art Foundation includes a range of key initiatives and programs such as the “Sharjah Biennial” and “March Meeting”, the “Resident Artist” program, the “Education Program”, “Production Program”, exhibitions, research and publications, in addition to a growing collection of holdings. The Foundation’s public and educational programs focus on consolidating the essential role that the arts play in the life of society, by promoting public education and the interactive approach to art.

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