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SANAD is the Development and Post-Production Fund of the Media Zone Events FZ-LLC (MZE). 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 is one open call for applications each calendar year.
Submissions to the current round are now closed.  
Date is subject to change.

Pictures of SANAD's event (Arab Film Industry) held on May 16 at the UAE Pavilion at the 2015 edition of the Cannes Film Festival:

Contact theSANAD Team