SANAD Post-Production 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 completion 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. In order to offer year-round support and to aid in promoting the projects that receive grants, ADFF retains non-exclusive non-commercial rights within the UAE to all films it supports.
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. The submitted project must not have been aired on any form of television, screened publicly or distributed in theatres or via the Internet.
Each accepted project in this category may be granted up to $60,000 in grant funding subject to the terms of the SANAD Grant Agreement. Each accepted project will only by eligible for one grant.
Projects that receive post-production grants must have UAE or United Arab Emirates included as a country of co-production in all materials. If the project receives a post-production grant, ADFF shall have the exclusive right of the Middle East and North Africa premiere screening at a subsequent edition of ADFF.
ADFF reserves the right to determine the amount of the grant awarded to each recipient, as well as the payment schedule and method. The decision to provide assistance to projects in post-production is valid for one year. 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.