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
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.
“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.