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Do you love Arab cinema?

The SAFAR Film Festival is a biennial programme run by London-based, Arab-led charity the Arab British Centre, whose mission is to support the development of Arab artists and celebrate the diversity of the Arab world and its culture in the UK.

The SAFAR Film Festival showcases the broad range of talent in the region, working with curators on themed programmes and inviting filmmakers and guests for live Q&As. It enriches the UK film landscape through industry events and opportunities for the next generation of Arab British filmmakers. And it aims to increase access to Arab cinema in the UK by working with screening partners across the country, as well as offering digital programmes.

How you can support

SAFAR has been growing with each edition since it launched in 2012, and this, our fifth edition, is a significant milestone. Whilst hosting the festival as usual this year was impossible due to Covid-19 restrictions, we decided to create the online SAFAR From Home programme and make it entirely free to ensure that, in this most unprecedented year, everyone can take a journey into the world of Arab cinema.

We plan to run the festival as it should have been in 2021: we want to get back into cinemas with screenings in new cities across the UK; our largest ever programme of Arab cinema, with live director Q&As; more industry opportunities for Arab British filmmakers; and reaching new audiences who are less likely to go the cinema by working with community partners across the country.

As a registered charity, the Arab British Centre (Registered Charity no 801026) relies entirely on grants, sponsorship, and community fundraising for our programmes, without which the SAFAR Film Festival wouldn’t be able to exist. By donating, you will become a champion of Arab cinema, supporting cultural exchange and outstanding Arab artistic talent both at home and internationally. Scroll down to see how your donation could make a difference.


Please consider supporting the festival by making a donation.


could pay for a young person to attend a screening at next year’s festival.

could pay for an emerging filmmaker to attend a workshop led by an industry leader, supporting the development of the next generation of talent.

could cover the cost of an online Q&A, platforming talent and offering opportunities to participate in the festival without border or location restrictions.

could pay the distribution rights for one Arab film rarely screened in the UK before. We ensure that filmmakers receive a fair fee for sharing their work with our audiences.

Want to donate more?

If you’re interested in supporting further, we’d love to hear from you! Email Programme Director Amani Hassan on or get in touch here.

SAFAR 2020

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