Keep up to date with the latest work of the MSFF below.

UCLA – Arab Women Filmmakers


In 2015, the MSFF launched its flagship Arab Women Filmmakers scholarship at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), and the first three recipients – Amani Alsaied, Hanadi Elyan and Farah Shaer – officially graduated in June 2019! Hani attended the ceremony in Los Angeles to celebrate this extraordinary milestone; all three scholars graduated in the top of their class and will no doubt go on to do great things; one scholar, Farah Shaer, was recently selected as one of five filmmakers from the Middle East to write and direct a short film, fully funded by the Royal Film Commission in Jordan.

The MSFF is thrilled to continue supporting the unique perspective of Arab women through the endowment of this scholarship, and UCLA TFT has selected the next scholar, Randa Ali from Egypt, who will begin her Masters at UCLA TFT this coming September 2019.

Dr. Mohamed Said Farsi


It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr Mohamed Said Farsi, in whose honour we are named, passed away at midnight, Monday, March the 4th. Considered to be the father of modern Jeddah, he was Mayor from 1972-1986 and the man who laid the plans which created the city today. A visionary civic leader and philanthropist; it is his spirit which embodies the mission and philosophy of The MSFF. Dr Farsi’s life, values and legacy are the inspiration for our work. We strive to follow his example of countless acts of charity and kindness.

Read more about Dr Farsi on our Spirit of Giving page

Be Well Collective Prepares Models for the Fashion Week Gauntlet


From nutritional education to getting a better night’s sleep, Sarah Ann Macklin’s not-for-profit aims to equip the industry with a practical toolkit for dealing with the day-to-day pressures of the fashion sector.

Read more on Business of Fashion

Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World


The MSFF was thrilled to support Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World, an exhibition at American University highlighting a selection of artists published within the eight editions of Tribe—a magazine founded in Dubai that is dedicated to covering developments in photography and new media from the Arab World. Led by Sueraya Shaheen and Janet Bellotto, this exhibit was a tremendous success.

A Toast to Ten Years


Read about our tenth anniversary party at Somerset House in the Evening Standard Londoners diary:

“Also last night, MSFF toasted its tenth anniversary with a party at Somerset House. The foundation funds global charities and social enterprises, with one project focused on encouraging women to go to film school.”

Evening Standard

UCLA – Arab Women Filmmakers


In 2015, the MSFF launched its flagship Arab Women Filmmakers scholarship at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), and the first three recipients – Amani Alsaied, Hanadi Elyan and Farah Shaer – have just finished their third year. They are extraordinary filmmakers and busy preparing for the productions of their thesis films in their fourth and final year; already they are creating groundbreaking films and being recognised for their brilliance. Amani is embarking on a thesis film about a Syrian woman trying to build a family while separated from them due to visa regulations; Hanadi’s film, Nadia’s Visa, was selected to compete in the prestigious Austin Film Festival 2017, and she won the Hollywood Foreign Press Award as well as the Delia Salvi Award at UCLA TFT; and Farah recently won UCLA TFT’s prestigious James Bridges Award for Film Directing as well as the Delia Salvi Memorial Award for Directing the Actor, which will go towards supporting the production of her thesis film in Lebanon.

The h. Club Foundation


In April 2018, the MSFF supported the h. Club Foundation’s ‘Short Film Programme’. Using the vast, creative network of the Hospital Club, the Foundation partnered with Praxis – a charity working to provide support for both newly arrived and long-settled migrants ages 18 through 25 – and hosted a three-week film training course for 15 young people. In collaboration with other funders, such as the Paul Allen Foundation and Apple (who donated iPhone X’s for the students to film on), three incredible short films were produced around the themes of migration and identity, and the students were thrilled with the programme. The image you see on the left is from the film, Miles Away, which looks at the breaking away of expectations and traditions, and the finding of freedom in independence.



Wakadogo, meaning ‘for the little ones’ in Swahili, is a nursery and primary school on the outskirts of the town Gulu in post-conflict northern Uganda. The MSFF has supported Wakadogo’s daily school meal programme since 2010, as well as the purchase of solar panels to power their Musgrave Health Centre. Wakadogo recently opened the Musgrave Health Centre on the school site, to serve both the students and local community, and celebrated its first year of successful operations in March 2018. To date, they have seen over 1,200 patients and are very close to making a monthly profit (which will then be reinvested into the school and medical centre). Furthermore, Wakadogo recently came 4th place out of 92 schools in Uganda’s Omoro District in Primary Leaving Examinations, and two of their students competed in Uganda’s National Kids Athletics Competition for the first time.