New finance announced for Arab filmmakers by Abu Dhabi

SANAD, the development and post-production fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), has announced the second cycle of grant recipients for 2014. They include nine projects by Arab filmmakers.

The SANAD fund is  part of ADFF’s support for Arab filmmaking. It awards $500,000 in grants each year to Arab filmmakers to cover costs during the development or post-production phase of their film projects.

Ali Al Jabri, Director of ADFF, said: “Our commitment towards supporting filmmakers from the region continues through SANAD’s funds and services that take great projects a step further towards establishing their presence in festivals around the world.”

Three projects receiving post-production grants in the second cycle are A Maid for Each Year  directed by Maher Abi Samra which has received development funding in 2012, Queens of Syria directed by Yasmin Fedda; and Sounds of the Sea (UAE) directed by Nujoom Al Ghanem.
The six projects receiving development grants are Thala My Love directed by Mehdi Hmili, Yomeddine directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, The Flag directed by Firas Khoury, Joint Possession directed by Leila Kilani, Ward Number 3 directed by Aida Elkashef, and Folktale of Palestine directed by Dahna Abourahme.
The AADFF, supported by twofour54, is presented each October to help create a vibrant film culture throughout the region. The festival’s eighth edition will be held between October 23 and November 1.