The winner of this international screenwriting competition is awarded $100,000 (Dh 367,250) during the Circle conference in October, which is part of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The Shasha Grant, which was open to Arabic-language entries for the first time in the four-year history of the festival, received nearly 150 feature-length submissions from across the world. Forty per cent of the entries were in Arabic and nearly a quarter were from UAE-based writers.
@Body-Infobox2:"The Shasha Grant is a key component of our ongoing commitment to the development of the film and television industry in Abu Dhabi, the nurturing of new talent and the promotion of Arab culture through film," said Eissa Saif al Mazrouei, the director of special projects at Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, which oversees the competition. @Body-Infobox2:The six finalists are Rana Kazkaz (Syria), Kasem Kharsa (Egypt), Mohamed Abdulmajid (Palestinian Territories), Gihan Faisa (Egypt), Dina Hamdan (Jordan) and Rifqi Assaf (Jordan).
@Body-Infobox2:The competition received more than 150 submissions from around the world. @Body-Infobox2:Last year's Shasha Grant winner, Haifaa al Mansour's film Wajda is in development as a US-German co-production.