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SANAD is the Development and Post-Production 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 or completion of their narrative and 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.


SANAD has 500,000 USD at its disposal annually and makes grants in the following categories:

  • Development: Up to 20,000 USD per project
  • Post-production: Up to 60,000 USD per project

SANAD reserves the right to determine the amount of the grant awarded to each recipient.

Application Period and Deadlines

There are two open calls for applications each year.
First session will be open from January 26 until February 28.
Second session will be open from June 1 until July 15.
Dates are subject to change.

Films Supported by SANAD at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Each October, ADFF is committed to showing a large number of the projects supported by SANAD. Supported films may be selected for the Festival’s Narrative, Documentary or Afaq Jadida Competitions, or for other non-competitive sections.

Contact theSANAD Team