Cin­ema-themed cake steals the show as Sharjah chil­dren’s film fes­ti­val turns five

An­i­ma­tion’s favourite char­ac­ters and so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers en­thral young vis­i­tors

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The fifth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of the Sharjah In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Film Fes­ti­val (SICFF 2017) com­menced on Thurs­day evening with a five-tier cin­ema-themed choco­late cake, a large turnout of young film en­thu­si­asts, an­i­ma­tion’s favourite char­ac­ters, so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers, and Hol­ly­wood’s won­der boy, Ja­cob Trem­blay.

Organised on the last day of the film fes­ti­val, the colour­ful cel­e­bra­tions made a vis­ual spec­ta­cle es­pe­cially for the younger ones in at­ten­dance.

Ar­ranged in SICFF’s work­shops and ac­tiv­ity area, the pro­ceed­ings of the evening be­gan with cut­ting of the cake, and a few words by the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers as the at­ten­dees en­joyed their share.

Chil­dren ju­rors

“This is a cel­e­bra­tion to mark five years of suc­cess, and God­will­ing we will see more in the years to come. The 5th edi­tion saw many firsts in­clud­ing chil­dren ju­rors, spe­cialised work­shops in me­dia arts and film­mak­ing, Hol­ly­wood ac­tors, and lu­mi­nar­ies from UAE and the Arab re­gion, spe­cial­ists from Dis­ney Studios, and more. We are de­lighted to wit­ness this edi­tion’s suc­cess, and the fes­ti­val grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity at home and abroad. The next edi­tion will be full of big­ger a sur­prises,” said Shaikha Aisha Fahd Al Mulla, Co­or­di­na­tor of Busi­ness Devel­op­ment and Pro­duc­tion at FUNN (Sharjah Me­dia Arts For Youth and Chil­dren).

Also in at­ten­dance was one of the UAE’s most loved so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers, Khalid Al Ameri, en­joy­ing the fes­ti­val and pro­mot­ing it to his 113,000-fol­lower base. He said: “When I was a kid I wanted to be an ac­tor. But grow­ing up, that wasn’t re­ally an op­tion be­cause our gen­er­a­tion hardly had ac­cess to any av­enues of in­for­ma­tion in act­ing and film­mak­ing. That world was un­known. So, what is so amaz­ing about what Shaikha Jawa­her Bint Ab­dul­lah Al Qasimi, Direc­tor of FUNN and Direc­tor of SICFF, and her team are do­ing is that they are giv­ing fam­i­lies and chil­dren an in­sight into this world. They are tak­ing away that fear of the un­known, and tack­ling it in a way that makes it clear to chil­dren that they can have a thriv­ing ca­reer in cin­ema and the me­dia arts.”

This year, SICFF hosted 70 di­rec­tors and film­mak­ers from around the world. US led the pro­gramme with 45 films, fol­lowed by the UAE with 33 films and then France with 29 films. Along­side the movie screen­ings, 50 train­ing work­shops cov­er­ing an ar­ray of top­ics on cin­ema and the vis­ual arts were also held through the five days of the fes­ti­val. The or­gan­is­ers plan to con­tinue these at other lo­ca­tions in Sharjah un­til Novem­ber 16.

Chil­dren pose with a five-tier cin­ema-themed choco­late cake at the fifth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of the Sharjah In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Film Fes­ti­val in Sharjah on Thurs­day.

Chil­dren also got the chance to in­ter­act with their favourite Dis­ney char­ac­ters at the film fes­ti­val.

Ja­cob Trem­blay

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