#Filmisnotdead in the UAE

Updated on Thursday, December 13 2018

Most photographers will agree that shooting film is a special treat - if not for the better dynamic range or "the look" that film gives you, then because of the mere fact that it slows you down as a photographer. This often results in a more deliberate and thoughtful approach to photography, leading to better and more intentional imagery.


For all of the nostalgic, old school photographers in the region that believe #filmisnotdead, we're here to tell you that there are affordable options for processing, developing and printing your film right here in the UAE. We took them for a test drive and summarized our findings below.


Kodak Photo Fast 
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T: +971403329800
E: kodakphotofst@yahoo.com

Hours: 9am - 10:30pm (Sat-Wed) | 4pm - 10:30pm (Fri)

Photo Fast offers developing, printing and scanning services for film shooters.


Developing only - C-41 Color Film:

- 30 AED per roll
- 35mm or 120mm film


Developing only - Black & White Film:

- Unfortunately, this service is no longer available at Photo Fast.


- Following development, you can have your film scanned. A roll of film, whether 35mm or 120mm, costs 10 AED for low resolution files (in either JPEG or TIFF format). The format does not affect the final resolution of the file.

- If you pay upfront, Photo Fast will WeTransfer you the files by the following day.

High Res Scanning:

- Photo Fast no longer offers drum scanning in-house.


Filmoticon - Space Lab

T: +971 55 881 2958

E: filmoticon-spacelab@outlook.com

Facebook: Filmoticon-Spacelab

Dropzone: Safeer Supermarket (King Faisal Road, Sharjah (next to Abdullah Ibn Abbas Mosque / HSBC) or 25°19'57.6"N 55°23'32.4"E

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*Temporarily Closed

Filmoticon is based in Sharjah. There is no physical store, but you can send your film by a courier (options include Aramex, Fetchr and Wing) or you can deliver it personally at the designated location. Email filmoticon-spacelab@outlook.com for further coordination.


Developing & Scanning:

C41 &/or Monochrome Service (35mm and 120)

Flat rate for 12, 24 and 36 exposures 

Develop + Standard Scan (2100 dpi) + WeTransfer + Archival Sleeve – 35 AED


E6 (Color Slide / Color Reversal) Service Package (35mm and 120)

Flat rate for 12, 24 and 36 exposures / minimum 2 rolls per service  

Develop + Standard Scan (2100 dpi) + WeTransfer + Archival Sleeve – 55 AED


Developing Only:

C41 &/or Monochrome Developing Service (35mm and 120)

Flat rate for 12, 24 and 36 exposures

Develop – 25 AED


E6 Developing Service (35mm and 120)

Flat rate for 12, 24 and 36 exposures / minimum 2 rolls per service

Develop – 45 AED


Scanning Only:

1. C41 / Monochrome / E-6 - Standard Scan (2100 dpi) per frame + WeTransfer - .30 AED
2. C41 / Monochrome /E-6 - Premium Scan (4000 dpi) per frame + WeTransfer – 3 AED

1. C41 / Monochrome / E-6 - Standard Scan (2100 dpi) per frame + WeTransfer – 3 AED
2. C41 / Monochrome /E-6 - Premium Scan (4000 dpi) per frame + We Transfer – 5 AED 


United Colour Film (UCF)

Unfortunately, UFC no longer supports the development or scanning of film.



If you have your negatives, but no digital files, GPP can scan high resolutions scans on our flatbed scanner (Epson B550) at 10 AED per negative. Once you have your digital files, we offer high quality fine art printing on a variety of media from Hahnemuhle to Epson to Ilford and more. Check out the GPP Printing Department for more details including pricing and media options.


Looking to develop your own film?

We're here for you! GPP has a workshop called "Shooting and Developing Film | You Don't Need a Darkroom" to walk you through everything from shooting to scanning. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about the history of photography, better understand the theory behind the practice and gain hands-on experience shooting and developing film, all without the use of a darkroom. Don't miss out and sign up here.


Community - Analog Photography in UAE Facebook Group

This Facebook group is a growing community of film shooters who share helpful tips, resources, photos and updates from the UAE. This is a wonderful forum where members can post their photographs to receive critical feedback from experienced analogue photographers and ask technical queries whenever necessary. Members also get together on weekends for photo walks in various parts of the UAE. All are welcome to join.


Purchasing Film

Are you looking to stock up on film? GPP offers the widest range of 35mm and 120mm film in the Middle East, from Kodak Ektar 100 to Ilford Delta 400 (and everything in between). You can find our selection of film here.