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Abu Dhabi Film Festival names SANAD fund grantees

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival has selected six docs to receive grants in the second cycle of its SANAD post-production and development fund.
October 24, 2013

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) has selected six docs to receive grants in the second cycle of its SANAD post-production and development fund.

SANAD received 93 applications, and selected eight narrative and documentary projects to support. Every year the fund awards a total of US$500,000 to Arab filmmakers, with post-production grantees able to receive up to $60,000 of funding, and development grantees receiving up to $20,000 in funding.

The recipient of the SANAD post-production documentary grant is Iraqi Odyssey, directed by Samir. The project previously received a SANAD development grant in 2011.

Development grants went to documentaries Little (Egypt), directed by Nagham Osman; A Place Under the Sun, directed by Karim Aitouna; Waiting Bench, directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari Mustafa; Sounds of the Sea, directed by Nujoom Al Ghanem; and Ghost Hunting, directed by Raed Andoni.

“Over the past four years, SANAD has given US$1,829,000 in grants, supporting 93 feature films from Arab film makers, reflecting twofour54′s mandates of supporting talented Arabs,” said Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of twofour54.

“I am very excited that this year’s festival will screen five films supported by the fund, showcasing the best of Arab filmmaking to international and local audiences.”

“It’s important to note that support for the grantees doesn’t just stop at financing,” added Ali Al Jabri, ADFF director. “The SANAD fund is dedicated to providing year round creative and industry advice to the grantees.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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