Sponsored: The eight-day festival features over 50 film screenings, talks and workshops…

Film lovers, take note: Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual film festival, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), is back for its second edition from Saturday December 14 to Saturday 21 December, 2019.

During the course of the eight day festival at Sharjah’s heritage area, there will be over 50 film screenings to watch, and talks and workshops you can attend as well.

Here are the highlights…

The festival will show over 50 local, regional and international films range from narrative, documentary and experimental. The opening ceremony will include the premiere of three short films by directors who won the Short Film Production Grant.

They can be enjoyed at the foundation’s open-air, outdoor Mirage City Cinema, which is surrounded by restored heritage homes. Al Hamra Cinema – Sharjah’s first and oldest movie theatre, will also host some films.

Tickets are Dhs20 for general admission, and for students its Dhs15. Purchase the all access ticket for Dhs100 that will give you access to all the film screenings during the festival.

You can get your tickets at the foundation’s Information Centre in Al Mureijah Art Spaces, Al Mureijah Square and on the Sharjah Art Foundation website soon.

For those that want to attend the talks and workshops, they’re all open to the public and free to attend, although registrations are required – you can do this here.

The talks each focus on different aspects of filmmaking and will bring together filmmakers, artists and industry professionals to Sharjah’s 174-year-old heritage site, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi.

They’ll take place over two days – Saturday December 14 and Friday December 20.

If you’re an aspiring filmmakers or film enthusiast, you need to check out the Sharjah Film Platform. They’ll be hosting workshops during the course of the festival, focusing on improvisation and film criticism. It’s available for two days only on Tuesday December 17 and Wednesday December 18, 2019.

A full schedule can be found on here.

Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), Sharjah Art Foundation, Sat Dec 14 to Sat Dec 21, 2019. Timings and locations vary. Free entry for talks and workshops (registrations required), film tickets cost Dhs20 general, Dhs15 students, and Dhs100 all access pass. Tel: (06) 544 4113 sharjahart.org