SANAD Development Grant

Institution: Abu Dhabi Film Fund


SANAD is the Fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). SANAD provides talented filmmakers from the Arab world with meaningful support from within the region towards the development of their documentary feature-length films.

SANAD seeks out bold and remarkable projects from both new and established filmmakers with the aim of encouraging intercultural dialogue and artistic innovation while building stronger networks within the region's film industry.

SANAD also offers year-round support and publicity for selected projects to help connect filmmakers to potential partners, funding opportunities and audiences.

There are two open calls for applications each year.

Who can apply

Documentary filmmakers from the Arab region may apply.

The director and/or producer must be a national of one of the eligible countries listed below. A production company from at least one of the eligible countries must also be attached to the project. The Fund, acting in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to consider entrants or projects from outside the list of eligible countries where a project's content is significantly related to or concerns Arab culture and/or heritage.

The eligible countries are: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

Feature-length documentary Projects are eligible. Short films are not considered. The minimum running time of projects is 52 minutes for documentaries.

Funding available

The development funding amounts to a maximum of $20,000 per project. Each accepted project will only by eligible for one grant.

ADFF reserves the right to determine the amount of the grant awarded to each recipient, as well as the payment schedule and method.

The Fund’s grants are non-transferable, must solely benefit the projects to which they are awarded and may be rescinded if the director of a selected project changes.

Eligible candidates

Types of funding available

  • Development and Production Support
  • Project Development

Applications accepted from