Sharjah Art Foundation is inviting filmmakers to submit films for the 5th edition of Sharjah Film Platform (SFP). Organised by the Foundation to support the flourishing art scene in the UAE and MENA region, SFP provides a critical platform for emerging and established filmmakers, producers, critics and students alike.

In addition to our year-round open calls and grants, which support emerging and established artists working in contemporary art, below is a compiled list of reputable local, regional and international open calls, opportunities and residencies for artists and art practitioners. In keeping with the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the community, this list is a reference tool that will be updated on a regular basis and includes grants, exhibitions and educational opportunities.

Opportunities for artists, curators, musicians, filmmakers, writers and academics

Troy House Art Foundation: 2022 Points International Artist Residency

Troy House Art Foundation, London
Deadline: 31 May 2022

The Points International Artist Residency Programme (under the Troy House Arts Foundation) will expand and officially launch a new artist residency in both Wales and London this year. The new residency space in Wales is due to open in 2022 and is located on the grounds of a seventeenth-century Troy House estate in Monmouthshire. The extensive riverside land will be preserved and transformed to provide exhibition space, artist studios/homes and a Troy House Art research centre. The objective is to create a unique ecological environment that encourages diverse, multidisciplinary and experimental contemporary art-making as well as to support artists from around the world to develop their work and research at this location.

Points International Artist Residency will invite two international artists for a 1–3 months’ residency. During the residency, Points will organise regular visits and networking events with art world professionals, inviting audiences to discover and access the artists' studios to foster a greater public engagement as well. The artist-in-residence will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the Foundation's London space.


Serendipity Arts Residency 2022

Serendipity Arts
Deadline: 5 June 2022

Serendipity Arts Foundation has announced an open call for Serendipity Arts Residency 2022, an annual three-month artists residency based in New Delhi. Applications are invited from emerging and mid-career artists working across all disciplines, including a broad range of forms such as movement-based practices, theatre and writing-based practices and artists engaged in installation, sound or other innovative media.

Now in its fifth edition, Serendipity Arts Residency is an intensive studio-based residency for emerging artists. It seeks to provide its residents space and resources to develop their practice, work on a new project and interact with the broader art community in New Delhi. In the course of the three months, the four artists selected for the programme will participate in a lineup of peer-to-peer conversations, critique sessions, gallery and studio visits, artist talks and presentations etc. They will also be required to conceptualise and produce a new work.


London Short Film Festival seeks entries

London Short Film Festival
Deadline: 13 June 2022

Each year, the London Short Film Festival screens more than 500 UK and international films, collaboratively selected from 5,000+ open submissions, alongside Special Events and an industry programme of workshops, panels and events.

At the end of every festival, cash prizes are awarded to the UK and international short films screening in the annual competition. Since this is a BAFTA-affiliated festival, accepted UK filmmakers can apply for the 2023 BAFTAs. Submissions are open to short form of every genre, including fiction, comedy, horror, sci-fi, documentary, animation, music videos and more. The festival welcomes artists’ moving image and video works. Films must be no longer than 45 minutes in length and made after 1 January 2021.


Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar seeks artworks on the concept of ‘freedom’

Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, the Netherlands
Deadline: 15 June 2022

Everyone interprets the concept of ‘freedom’ differently and it is informed by the world of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar wants to build a bridge between the past and the present. Alkmaar was the first Dutch city to successfully withstand a Spanish siege in the Eighty Years’ War. The Siege of Alkmaar was broken on 8 October 1573. Since then, the theme of ‘freedom’ has been visualised in countless ways down through the centuries. Many of its manifestations are held in the city collection.

This open call invites artists to propose a work of art that gives a contemporary interpretation of the concept of ‘freedom’. The museum is looking for personal approaches, innovative perspectives and persuasive visions. The invitation is open to diverse disciplines and the form of the artwork is completely free of conditions. Preference will be given to ideas that include to some extent the input of residents of Alkmaar in the creation of the artwork or their involvement in some other way.


Call for entries to VIDEONALE.19

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Deadline: 30 June 2022

The 19th edition of the Videonale—Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts (31 March 31–15 May 2023 at Kunstmuseum Bonn)—invites artists and filmmakers, distributors, universities and galleries worldwide to submit their works for the competition.

The VIDEONALE.19 competition is open to all types of experimental time-based artistic works—single and multi-channel video, video installations, performances, sound art and virtual reality. An administration fee will be charged for each submission (payable in conjunction with the submission process via PayPal). For an exemption from the fee as well as limitations for PayPal payments, please contact submissions@videonale.org


On the Road Again, Again

Pro Helvetia Cairo
Deadline: 30 June 2022

Pro Helvetia Cairo invites art and cultural organisations, collectives, festivals and spaces active in the Arab region to collaborate on developing new projects with Swiss counterparts, in all art disciplines (with exception to film). The disciplines included in the open call are: architecture; arts, sciences and technology; design; interactive media; literature; music; performing arts; visual arts; and transdisciplinary focus.
Partnerships to be between two or more partners from the Arab countries (nationally or regionally) along with Swiss partners. Projects could take place physically, in a digital format or a hybrid of both. Pro Helvetia Cairo offers financial support of up to 25,000 CHF for each project for a duration of up to 12 months.


AFAC cinema grant for fiction film projects

AFAC, Lebanon
Deadline: 1 July 2022

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) cinema grant is open to all kinds of fiction film projects. The programme welcomes submissions of short and medium-length narrative films in production and post-production and feature narratives that are in development, production or post-production phases.

The programme provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand USD to a maximum of 10,000 USD for Development grants, up to 50,000 USD for Production and a maximum of 25,000 USD for Post-production grants.


Call for submissions: AFAC music grant

AFAC, Lebanon
Deadline: 1 July 2022

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) music grant supports production, performances, collaborations, album recordings and festivals. The programme provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand USD to a maximum of 25,000 USD for individuals and teams, and 35,000 USD for institutions and collectives.


International Theatre, Art and New Technologies Festival: The Wonders of Possible

Kyber Teatro, Cagliari, Italy
Deadline: 15 July 2022

Kyber Teatro invites applications from international artists at all stages of their careers to submit their projects that highlight the ‘interaction between theatre and new technologies’.

Between November and December 2022, Kyber Theatre will host the 9th Edition of the International Theatre, Art and New Technologies Festival called ‘The Wonders of Possible’ in Cagliari, Italy. The festival aim is to promote the interrelation between artistic and technological languages.

Kyber Theatre is a theatre and new technologies company that has been working in Cagliari since 2014. It is a spin-off of L’Aquilone di Viviana, a company that has been working since 2002 in intercultural theatrical projects.


Graham Foundation grants for individuals

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago
Deadline: 15 September 2022

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts offers two types of grants to individuals: Production and Presentation Grants as well as Research and Development Grants. These grants assist individuals with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualisation to realisation and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films and new media projects.


Mophradat’s Self Organizations Programme

Mophradat, Brussels
Deadline: 15 September 2022

Self Organizations aims to provoke inventive ways of working together and collaborating by offering support to projects where different arts practitioners take the initiative and join forces to define a mutual resource or interest that’s important for their work, and propose how to share or develop it. The overall purpose of the programme is to incite productive conversations, encourage the development of bespoke protocols for collaboration, and push for new art experiences to take place. Ultimately, through different experiments with self-organisation, the value of collective sharing and generosity amongst arts communities may show itself to be more relevant than funds and structures.

The programme will involve a diversity of participants working according to the specific guidelines in order to try different formats and methodologies. It will also require from the participants to participate in an online workshop that aims to provide useful tools to support them in navigating organisational disagreements. Arts practitioners from all disciplines and stages of their careers are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to proposals taking place within the Arab world.


The information shared here has been sourced from the aforementioned institutions’ online platforms.