Preparations for launching 2nd Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival completes
Preparations for launching the 2nd Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival are almost completed, prior to the official opening of the festival at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre.
Running from 19 – 24 October, the Festival will be held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.
The festival is a great opportunity to unlock children’s talents, as it aims to discover, nurture and promote creative talent, grow their awareness and develop their abilities in all basic motion picture techniques. It also serves as a platform for professionals in the film industry to gain a deeper insight into children’s cinematic vision, with support from FUNN – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children. FUNN organization is dedicated to promoting media arts for children and young people in Sharjah and the UAE in general.
Speaking about the festival, Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children and the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival, said: “Adults should not underestimate young talent – they are capable of immense creativity and great production. I am quite sure that we, in the UAE, have the potential and capabilities that qualify us to produce successful films. Young Emiratis have many new ideas, and the festival is the most suitable place to nurture the young talent and help them turn their ideas into successful film projects.”
She added, “The festival mainly aims to combine education and entertainment while enriching culture and knowledge by exposing children to other global cultures and highlighting the importance of respecting the traditions and customs of all participants in this global cultural extravaganza. The festival, the first of its kind in the region, is characterized by touching on children’s issues from their own perspective. It also attracts participants from South America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the Middle East.”
Sheikha Jawaher pointed out: “Film screenings would be arranged in two time slots, morning and evening, from the 19th to the 24th of October. The films target age groups 4-7 years, 8-13 years, and 14 and above. Films will be shown in Sharjah at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre and Novo Cinema at Sahara Centre.”
Another update in this year’s festival is the Children’s Film Competition, which, according to Sheikha Jawaher, covers five categories, including the best short film, best feature film, best animated film, best documentary, and best child made film.
She went on to say: “The Festival’s Management decided to announce the names of winners during the opening. In addition to the festival trophy, the winners will also receive cash prizes.”
Moreover, a number of workshops and activities are planned in parallel to the film viewings, aiming at enriching visitors’ experience and introducing them to the world of cinema.
Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival is a project of FUNN – Sharjah Media Arts for Children and Youth, a Sharjah government under the Enactive office if Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi. The festival, the first of its kind in the UAE and the Gulf region, aims to promote media literacy among children and young adults and encourage their creativity. It also aims to educate the next generation about film, and give youngsters a chance to see the best of Arab and international cinema, so as to build a strong national film industry.