Sharjah, September 25 / WAM / Under the patronage of the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, the activities of the eighth edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2021 will be launched on the tenth of next October, organized by the “Fan” Foundation concerned with promoting Supporting media art for children and young people in the UAE, presented to the public in the UAE and the world, more than 80 films from 38 Arab and foreign countries, and a series of workshops and discussion sessions specialized in filmmaking over five days.
The festival, which will be held “remotely” until October 15, under the slogan “Think Cinema”, will host 6 films that are shown for the first time globally, 35 films are shown for the first time in the Middle East and 3 in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, in addition to 4 films that are shown for the first time in the UAE. Watching films and following up on the festival’s activities. Access to the following link: www.siff.ae. The screenings are divided into the seven categories of the festival, which are children’s and youth-made films, short Gulf films, international short films, animation films, documentaries, feature films and student-made films, which were chosen from among 4,284 films. Apply to participate in the festival during the two years 2020 and the current year.
The list of countries that will screen films in this edition include the UAE, Italy, Korea, Germany, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Qatar, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Mexico, Argentina and other countries.
“Art” revealed the names of the jury who will evaluate the competing films in the festival categories, which include artists, film directors, film makers and experts in media and photography from the Emirates, the Gulf, Arab and foreign countries, including the Syrian artist Abed Fahd, the Omani director and writer Khaled Al Zadjali and Giulio Vita from Italy and from the UAE Hamad Saghran, Majid Al-Ansari, Fadel Al-Muhairi, director and producer Bentley Brown and others from the United States, and the winners will be announced at the closing ceremony on October 15th.
The Art Foundation pointed out that the festival will organize 30 training workshops for children and adolescents covering a variety of 15 topics, presented in Arabic and English versions.
The festival will witness a series of dialogue sessions presented by a group of Arab and foreign film-makers, during which they discuss the opportunities available to new generations of talented young people to present contemporary films that address their issues, express their ideas and present them to the world.
Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of the Art Foundation and Director of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth, said that thanks to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and the direct support and follow-up of his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Followers and young filmmakers from different countries of the world, and we succeeded in putting generations of the Emirates on the path of professional cinematic work. The volume of the participations that were submitted was large, especially in view of the changes imposed by the Corona pandemic. The festival was eight years ago.
Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi invited the new generations of children and young people to see the creativity of their peers from all over the world, considering that it is the parents’ duty to ensure that the aesthetic and creative needs of their children are met through cinema and the various arts because of their great role in building an active social personality and initiative.
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