Sharjah Art Foundation has launched the open call for film submissions for its second edition of the annual Sharjah Film Platform (SFP). Films selected for this edition of SFP will be included in the platform’s film programme from 11 to 21 December 2019 at Sharjah Art Foundation’s open-air Mirage City Cinema and the nearby Al Hamra Cinema, Sharjah.
So if you believe you’ve got what it takes to join the competition, then hurry up to enter, as films selected will be included in the platform’s film programme next December.
The competition was first launched last year, as a way to support upcoming filmmakers in the UAE and surrounding region. In addition to the film programme, SFP supports two other core components: a public programme featuring workshops and discussions, and the premieres of the Short Film Production Grant recipients’ films.
Last year’s inaugural SFP featured the screening of over 140 short and feature-length narrative, documentary and experimental films made by local, regional and international filmmakers from 40 countries.
The competition truly sets a great opportunity for both upcoming and established filmmakers, critics, film producers and students.
Deadline for submission is June 1, to apply visit sharjahart.org
Majid Al Futtaim Death
The visionary UAE business man, Majid Al Futtaim died in December 17. Founding his empire group Al Futtaim, in 1992, and operating across 13 countries, in the MENA region, with three main subsidiaries, retail, ventures, and properties. After a Tweet from the company and his fellow employees about his death, Mr. Majid Al Futtaim passing and condolences was shared amongst all people. As Alian Bejjani the ceo of the group paid tribute to the late businessman. In a statement by Al Maktoum, “Mr. Majid was a visionary entrepreneur and a truly exceptional man who transformed the retailing experience both here in the UAE and more widely across the region,” he posted on Twitter. “His extraordinary foresight and clarity of purpose not only set our company on the path to success, but greatly contributed towards the UAE’s global reputation for innovation and excellence.” As his company tweeted, Majid Al Futtaim was a visionary entrepreneur who transformed the face of business in the entire region and his lifetime achievements have been an inspiration for many, “Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Majid’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.”, as his death remarked the legacy of the empire he had built. Initiating from the UAE his career had brought the skyscrapers of the city.
Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena Will Welcome Back Visitors on November 20
Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena has announced the return of its live shows, in respect to safety procedures of course and a new protocol called ‘Venue Shield’.
The venue will welcome back audiences for the first time since February this year as OJ Lifestyle presents their Dark Knights Edition 1.0 event.
The arena first opened its doors last year in June, with many celebrities making headlines including Russell Peters and Maroon 5.
“We are very pleased to be able to provide live entertainment to the community of Dubai again, and we are excited to welcome the OJ Lifestyle team to Coca-Cola Arena on November 20th,” said Guy Ngata, CEO of Coca-Cola Arena.“There has been a tremendous amount of work implemented across many sectors in Dubai to get to this point, and we are pleased to now open our doors again with the safety of our guests of the utmost importance.” He added.
“It’s critical that we assure people they are attending a safe environment allowing fans and artists to enjoy an amazing live experience, which we are confident will be the case,” Ngata continued.
UAE Announced the Relaxing of Islamic laws to Promote Personal Freedoms
The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a massive overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, which will allow unmarried couples to cohabitate and loosen the restrictions on alcohol and more.
This aims at broadening personal freedoms as the country is positioning itself as a Westernized destination for tourists. These reforms will boost the country’s economic and “consolidate the UAE’s principles of tolerance,” said state-run WAM news agency.
These changes is also a reflection for the efforts of the Emirates’ rulers to keep up with the rapidly changing society at the UAE.
The amendment will allow for “cohabitation of unmarried couples,” which has been criminalized before in the UAE and in an attempt to “protect women’s rights,” the government will also get rid of the laws that defend “honor crimes,” a widely criticized tribal custom in which a male relative may evade prosecution for assaulting a woman seen as dishonoring a family.
What do you think of the UAE’s move in adapting with the current changes that the country is facing?