Abu Dhabi Festival’s Sanad Film Fund Announces Winners Of Its Second 2014 Cycle

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival Sanad fund for films by Arab directors in either development or post has announced the nine projects that have made the cut for its second 2014 cycle.

They include a post-prod grant for “Queens of Syria,” a timely docu about a group of Syrian refugee women trying to stage a contempo Arabic adaptation of Euripides’ “Trojan Women,” helmed by U.K. and Middle-East-based Yasmin Fedda. It will screen at the Abu Dhabi Film Fest.

Another docu also tapping Sanad support for post and set to unspool in Abu Dhabi is “Sounds of the Sea” by Emirati helmer Nujoom Al Ghanem.

Lebanese helmer Maher Abi Samra’s “A Maid for Each,” about about how foreign housemaids in Lebanon can become something similar to slaves, also scored a Sanad post-prod grant after recently also winning other coin for post from The Venice film fest’s Final Cut in Venice workshop.

The six projects selected for Sanad development grants are: “Thala My Love,” by Tunisian director Mehdi Hmili; “Yomeddine,” by Egyptian director Abu Bakr Shawky; “The Flag,” by Palestinian director Firas Khoury; “Joint Possession” by Morocco’s Leila Kilani; “Ward No. 3” by Egypt’s Aida Elkashef; and “Folktale of Palestine,” by Lebanon’s Dahna Abourahme.

Sanad awards $500,000 total per year. Each post-production grant is worth up to $60,000 in funding, while the amount for development grants is up to $20,000.

Winners will have the opportunity to participate in the Sanad co-production meetings during the Oct.23-Nov. 1 Abu Dhabi fest.

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