Sheikh Sul­tan to open Shar­jah Chil­dren’s Film Fes­ti­val to­day

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Staff Re­porter re­porters@khalee­j­

shar­jah — Short films and an­i­mated ad­ven­tures will be in fo­cus as the sixth Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Film Fes­ti­val opens to­day. With a full day of screen­ings, the fes­ti­val is all set to of­fer chil­dren-friendly ti­tles from around the world.

His High­ness Dr Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi, Mem­ber of the Supreme Coun­cil and Ruler of Shar­jah, will in­au­gu­rate the fes­ti­val at Al Jawa­her Re­cep­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (JRCC). Short films for chil­dren from the age of 11 to 13 will be screened from 10am to 11am.

Be­gin­ning with an an­i­mated short Rouff — di­rected by a group of chil­dren from Ger­many — tells the tale of a graphic nov­el­ist who feels stuck as he fin­ishes the sketch of his usual dog car­toon char­ac­ter. He crum­ples it into the dis­carded pile where the pooch finds a way to in­spire the stuck artist.

An an­i­mated short from the UK, Shock Ther­apy, di­rected by Math­hieu Lan­dour and Bali En­gel, re­volves around Jim who has a crip­pling fear of ev­ery­thing from spiders to heights to dark­ness. He later de­cides to spend a few days

liv­ing to­gether with his prob­lems. The short Sher­bert Rozen­cratz,

You’re Beau­ti­ful, di­rected by Natalie van den Dun­gen from Aus­tralia, is a fam­ily-ori­ented short that deals with the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a lit­tle girl named Milly and her guinea pig. Milly gets mocked by her slum­ber party friends while her neigh­bour­hood friends ap­pre­ci­ated her love for an­i­mals.

A fan­tasy short film di­rected by Gus­tavo Teix­eira from Brazil, ti­tled Doc­tor of Mon­ster, tells a story of a boy who wants to be a doc­tor that helps mon­sters. All this seems funny, un­til a real mon­ster vis­its him.

The last film in the cat­e­gory is ti­tled Sa­roona, which is di­rected by Mousaed Khaled from Kuwait. It talks about eight-year-old Sa­roona who gets a new bi­cy­cle af­ter the birth of her baby sis­ter, but has no one to play with.

From 9.15am un­til 9.45am, short an­i­ma­tion films made by chil­dren of up to seven years will be screened. From 11.15am un­til 12.30pm, films made by stu­dents aged 14 to 18 years and col­lege stu­dents will be screened. In the evening ses­sion, which be­gins at 5pm, a short 45-minute an­i­ma­tion ti­tled Za­fari will be screened.

The poster of Sa­roona di­rected by Mousaed Khaled from Kuwait.

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